WWE to Aggressively Recruit & Retain Talent; Smackdown's FOX Debut to be a Huge Show?

-- A source close to WWE told rajah.com that with the new deal with FOX set to pay WWE over $200 million annually coupled with an imminent deal for Raw for even more money than that, expect the company to "open their wallet" in order to lure the very best talent to the promotion and also do whatever it takes to retain their existing stars. With so much cash on hand, WWE could essentially make gigantic offers to anyone they want working for them - offers that no other promotion could realistically match. The source also mentions that currently contracted WWE superstars will at the very least likely see raises when their existing deals expire.

-- The same source also mentioned to rajah.com that the timing is great for a huge Smackdown show next fall with not only a debut on FOX but Smackdown celebrating its 20th anniversary at almost the exact same time. The backstage belief is that WWE will "pull out all the stops" to make the debut episode something like Raw's 25th anniversary show in order to make an strong first impression and immediate impact on FOX.