It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
There are talks that Mr Anderson could be one of the next wrestlers to leave TNA. He signed a new contract last October, and it was reportedly for just a year. Since the company has been trying to be very cautious with their budget, Anderson could become a casualty. Reports surfaced in May that the former world heavyweight champion was one of the remaining performers with a big salary.
August 21, 2014
Reports surfaced this week that WWE has banned Alberto Del Rio from wrestling in the United States for approximately 10 or 11 months because he was found to be in breach of his contract. The former world heavyweight champion will be allowed to work in Mexico as he pleases. Del Rio may not take legal actions against WWE because the company would be paying him a salary during the next year.
August 16, 2014
Over the last year, the status of Hernandez in TNA has been up in the air. We now know that the former tag team champion is no longer under contract. His deal with TNA expired, and management opted to not renew it. Instead, the company will be utilizing the salary slot on newer performers. That has been the company strategy as of late.
May 13, 2014
Since the two sides could not come to an agreement on a new contract, Frankie Kazarian finished up his stint with TNA this week by working a pair of taped Impact Wrestling episodes. Rumors have it that management is letting the veteran performer walk, so that they could use his salary slot to sign a pair of younger and cheaper wrestlers.
May 12, 2014
"My contract was started midway thru the year last year but altogether with salary+appearances I was on pace for roughly $75,000-$84,000 for a year period. That's if my schedule is as busy as it was last summer/fall. Also that's only counting TNA. I'd make a lot more if I kept up with other bookings outside but I just don't. I'm also guaranteed a huge chunk of that regardless of if I wrestle or not. So it's pretty ok considering I do what I love. I'm on the low end on the roster too. Most guys do way better than me." - Manik reveals salary in TNA
April 19, 2014
While the actual numbers are not available online as he is still a fairly new performer on the main roster, the belief is that Bray Wyatt does not have a high salary in WWE at the moment. The downside guarantee is said to be on the low end, but since he has been featured heavily on pay per view events, he supplements his salary with monthly bonus checks.
March 27, 2014
While fans are under the impression that professional wrestlers are all getting rich, that simply is not the case, especially for a lower level performer like Jinder Mahal. The 3MB member is currently being paid $75,000 a year by WWE in downside guarantees. That salary seems like a lot, but Mahal has to pay for his own travel expenses every week.
March 26, 2014
While he is not a main event performer in WWE, Kofi Kingston draws in a pretty good salary. His downside guarantee is $254,200 a year. Even though he does have to pay for his own travel expenses, Kingston does get thrown into a couple of pay per view events per year, which gives his annual salary a nice boost from the PPV bonuses.
March 24, 2014
Since he is viewed as an international marketing asset and an occasional main event performer, Alberto Del Rio is one of the few guys in WWE that has a salary that is higher than half a million a season. The former world heavyweight champion has a downside guarantee of $675,000 a year. He also receives a good amount of pay per view bonuses as well.
March 23, 2014
A website called Sport Rich List is claiming that Scott Steiner has a net worth of approximately $4.4 million, which instantly caused wrestling fans to wonder about the legitimacy of that claim, as the former WWE star has not collected a big salary in quite some time. There are those that believe that he is suing TNA because he is hoping to cash in a big pay day.
March 21, 2014
Some interesting salary details were released about WWE today, and it has now been revealed that Triple H is collecting two checks from the company. He receives $550000 a year for being the executive vice president of talent and live events. HHH also receives $1 million a year to be a wrestler and on screen character as well.
March 20, 2014
Thanks to being a part of a popular act for a while there, Brodus Clay maintains a pretty good salary from his bosses in WWE. The former bodyguard for Snoop Dogg is now being paid $170,000 a year as a professional wrestler. Being paid more than six figures is considered quite a feat for someone that does not receive consistent time on television.
March 19, 2014
In order to steal him away from WCW, Vince McMahon had to throw a good amount of money at the Big Show. More than a decade after the fact, his salary still remains among the top of the list in WWE. Big Show is currently being paid $1,050,000 a year in downside guarantee, and his pay per view bonuses kick it quite a bit as well.
March 17, 2014
Celebrity DBI, a website that tracks the name value of celebrities, has Hulk Hogan at 96% popularity, which puts him just below NBA legend Michael Jordan, who is sitting at 98%. His cultural relevance was the reason why he was able to command a huge salary from TNA and why he was able to get Vince McMahon to hand him big checks now.
February 24, 2014
In a move that does not come as a surprise to those that have been following the company closely, WWE has opted to release the Great Khali. His profile has been officially moved to the alumni section on the company website. Reports are saying that his contract expired, and management felt it was financially beneficial to not renew the former world heavyweight champion, even though he was considered a marketing asset.
November 14, 2014
Even though the company has been slowly downplaying the importance of the Great Khali, WWE has plans in the works to expand even further into India. Management recognizes the country as a very profitable one for their brand. More shows are being planned, and television deals are being cemented. While the company no longer wishes to pay him as much money as before, this move into India might help Khali secure another contract soon.
September 25, 2014
The downplaying of the Great Khali continues. WWE is doing some promotional work in India this week, and once again, the former world heavyweight champion was not chosen for the task of generating interest in his own country. Instead, WWE has sent Wade Barrett, a European star who is currently injured. The belief is that management will be severing ties with Khali once his contract expires because he is one of higher paid performers on the roster.
September 17, 2014
While doing a shoot interview, Evan Bourne revealed some details about a backstage fight that took place between Big Show and Great Khali. He stated that it took place in 2009 while WWE was doing a live event in Puerto Rico. He did not reveal what the fight was about, but Bourne did state that Show threw the first punch. Khali was able to block it, and the two fell to the ground. Khali mounted Show and slapped him a few times before others stopped it.
August 8, 2014
Some more names have been added to the upcoming WWE Intercontinental Championship battle royal. Big E, Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam and Ryback are now in the match at WWE Battleground 2014. They join Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow, Great Khali and Antonio Cesaro. As of right now, the company is favoring the idea of giving the title to Cesaro.
July 2, 2014
Since Wade Barrett is injured and will require several months on the shelf, WWE decided to strip him of the Intercontinental Championship and put it on the line in a battle royal at Battleground 2014. Four names have been confirmed so far for the match. Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow, Great Khali and Antonio Cesaro will be involved in that match. More is expected to be added through the next few weeks.
July 1, 2014
Over the weekend, the Great Khali made his return to WWE at a live event in Pennsylvania. The former world heavyweight champion worked a quick match against Titus ONeil. This could signify that he is getting ready to make a return to Monday Night Raw. Do not expect him to receive a push or a big comeback segment, though. WWE has been trying to phase him out of their marketing plans as of late.
June 22, 2014
The 3MB stable is no longer the same, as WWE has confirmed the release of Jinder Mahal. Management simply did not feel that the group was relevant enough to keep Mahal around, even though he was reportedly one of the lower paid performers on the main roster. The peak of his tenure with WWE was when he was working with the Great Khali.
June 12, 2014
Since he knows that his career in WWE isn't going to last forever, the Great Khali has reportedly been looking towards life after leaving the company for quite some time now. Those speculations gained more credibility this week when a professional wrestler in India told the media that he has been working with Khali to start a new promotion in their home country.
May 27, 2014
A video of Antonio Cesaro giving his trademarked airplane spin to the Great Khali, but recreated by action figures. WWE is trying to hype up the fans for the Cesaro push.
April 20, 2014
A video of the Great Khali wrestling CJ Parker in WWE NXT. The former world heavyweight champion has been given time off from Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, so it was interesting that he made an appearance in developmental.
April 19, 2014
While he worked the battle royal at Wrestlemania 30, the Great Khali is not actively back on the road with WWE after all. The former world heavyweight champion is being given another four weeks off. He is scheduled to return to television in the middle of May. No word yet on why he is being give time off, but there are some rumors that he is injured.
April 17, 2014
In order to promote the big pay per view this weekend, WWE hosted the Wrestlemania 30 press conference. This picture from the event shows Batista, Hulk Hogan, Randy Orton, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, Great Khali, Mark Henry, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and the girls from Total Divas.
April 2, 2014
After spending some time down at the WWE Performance Center, Brodus Clay is now back on the road. He worked a live event over the weekend in Atlantic City, where he did a quick dance off segment with the Great Khali, another performer who has been off the road for a couple of weeks. No word on a television return for Clay yet.
March 24, 2014
Rumors about the Great Khali leaving WWE when his contract expires this year have been spreading since management has been downplaying his role on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Right now, there are talks backstage that the company might opt to keep him from working at Wrestlemania 30, in which case, his fate with WWE is sure to come to an end.
March 20, 2014