The iconic tag team The Headbangers, composed of Mosh and Thrasher, hold a unique place in WWE’s storied history. Emerging on the wrestling scene in 1996, they left an indelible mark by capturing the coveted WWF Tag Team Championships. Despite resonating with the audience, they surprisingly held the titles only once and were not consistently featured in the top tag team echelon.
After their stint with WWE, Mosh and Thrasher ventured into the world of independent wrestling. But the nostalgia of their WWE days wasn’t over; earlier this year, they re-inked a deal with WWE, integrating them back into the company’s fold. Even with their renewed WWE ties, The Headbangers have continued making waves by participating in events for other promotions, such as the NWA.
During an enlightening conversation with Steve Fall from WrestlingNewsCo, The Headbangers uncovered some conditions of their latest WWE agreement. They elaborated that their contract contains a pivotal clause: they can accept independent bookings provided there’s no independent merchandise sales tied to their brand or likeness.
Mosh highlighted the scope of their WWE contract, noting the potential for inclusion in media products such as action figures, video games, and t-shirts. “We signed in March, and they said it could take 10 to 12 months with production and stuff. I think once that starts, maybe it’ll bring us back on TV, because there’s appearances rolled into that whole contract we signed,” Mosh explained. He shared his satisfaction with the deal, allowing them to tackle other projects so long as there’s no merchandise conflict.
Before taking part in NWA shows, Mosh made sure to clear any potential issues with WWE, thus respecting the contractual terms. “When the NWA thing came up and we were asked, I checked with the office first. I didn’t want to have a conflict of interest and get that contract killed off or be in trouble. They said, ‘No, you are free to do whatever you want, as long as there’s no merchandise made,'” Mosh said.
This arrangement reflects WWE’s newer approach with certain veteran talents, ensuring a presence that both benefits the company and allows wrestlers to pursue other opportunities in the wrestling landscape. The Headbangers’ situation poses intriguing questions about the balance between nostalgia acts and active ventures outside of an official WWE role, striking a fascinating discussion regarding wrestler autonomy and brand utilization.
Now with the terms of their WWE deal public, fans can look forward to possibly seeing The Headbangers not just on the independent circuit, but potentially back on television where new and old fans can appreciate their unique brand of entertainment. As always, we’re keeping an eye on how this arrangement plays out and will bring you the latest developments as they unfold in the world of professional wrestling.
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