Samoa Joe Interested In Jumping Ship, Bad News For WWE Films

— With Steve Austin pulling for WWE to sign him, Samoa Joe has apparently shown interest in jumping ship to the company. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that as soon as his TNA contract expires, Samoa Joe and his agent will begin talking to WWE.

— More less-than-stellar news coming from WWE’s films division. Mike Pavone, executive vice president of WWE Studios, has been relieved of his duties. WWE lost $3.3 million making their latest film, That’s What I Am, featuring Randy Orton and written and written and directed by Pavone. Prior to this year, WWE Studios had always made a profit, the smallest being $400,000 in the green last year.

WWE Studios hasn’t had a wide theatrical release since 2009’s 12 Rounds, which ended a streak of four wide released movies spanning over three years. Three of the four films were profitable, the most being Kane’s See No Evil, which was made for only $8 million and had a large profit margin.