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WWE wrestlers too scared to complain about their payoffs to Jane Geddes

In the latest example of life imitating art in pro wrestling, WWE wrestlers are too scared to complain about their payoffs to executive Jane Geddes, just like they are powerless to stand up to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon's bullying on TV.

Triple H, an intimidating figure in real-life, as well as on-screen.
Triple H, an intimidating figure in real-life, as well as on-screen.
Michael N. Todaro

Jane Geddes, the corporate star of WWE's Total Divas reality show, is growing in power and influence in the company, after she was made Paul Levesque's (aka Triple H) key office assistant, after he shockingly let go of Peter Leone, his previous confidante, earlier this month for reasons that are currently unknown.

One of Geddes's key duties up to now in her prior role as WWE's Senior Vice President and Head of Talent Relations was handling the payoffs of the wrestlers, having been taught the company's system for doing so from Jim Ross before he was forced into WWE retirement. Basically, a fixed percentage of the live gate and pay-per-view revenue is allocated to pay the talent with the rule of thumb being that the wrestlers who are higher on the card and were most responsible for drawing the money being paid a bigger share of the proceeds.

Given that Geddes has only been working in the pro wrestling business for a little over two years, this could be a recipe for disaster. However, as she's Triple H's hire and most wrestlers are treated as replaceable cogs in an ever spinning wheel by company management, there has been no complaints about payoffs under her watch, according to Dave Meltzer in this week's subscriber only Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

"I never heard anything negative about Geddes, but these days, people are scared of their shadows and nobody was going to complain about her or to her for a variety of reasons. But when you have people who really don’t know the product, it’s more likely they’ll just go with position on the card and a straight formula as opposed to instincts."

This is the latest example of life imitating art in pro wrestling. On TV, the WWE performers are routinely made to behave like subservient schoolchildren who are powerless to stand up to the bullies in charge, while in reality, they are so worried about keeping their jobs and their push if they are lucky enough to have one that they won't say boo to a goose. But who can blame them, when talented wrestlers like Dolph Ziggler are buried for the pettiest of reasons?

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