Backstage Update on Prinze-WWE, SD Pressure, Manu, More

– Mike sent word that WWE has added Manu to the RAW roster.

– The three-year WWE developmental deal that Naofumi Yamamoto has signed is for half as much as he was making with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Yamamoto is also bringing his wife and daughter to Florida to live with him full-time.

– Freddie Prinze, Jr. is still working with WWE on the creative team and is working close to the same schedule as everyone else does, so there are people who are surprised he’s stuck around. Everyone is said to be comfortable working with him and the feeling is he’s a good friend to have for life outside of pro wrestling. Prinze comes up with 10 segments for SmackDown, as does Christopher DeJosephs and John Carle. Michael Hayes works with them and then decides which segments get pitched to Vince McMahon for TV. SmackDown is under more pressure than ECW and RAW right now to have everything hot when the show changes over to MyNetworkTV and it’s a must that they start off on a good foot with the new network. Michael Hayes is still on good behavior and is said to be dealing well with the stress.

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