What went wrong for WCW? There are many reasons given for its demise, but you could definitely make a strong case that the main culprit was the insane amount of money they handed out, to both wrestlers and non-wrestlers. Guys who deserved a lot of money still got paid more than they should have, while others were given a truly insane amount of cash. Here’s a little snapshot of what some WCW stars got paid between the years 1996 and 2000.
At the top of the heap is Hulk Hogan. Yes, Hogan is one of the most successful and beloved wrestlers of all time. Even so, the fact he made a whopping $13.1 million over those years is completely nuts. The next highest-paid wrestler, Bill Goldberg, made a little less than $9 million. However, if you want a real sign of the crazy money WCW was splashing around, look no further than the money Dennis Rodman got. Yes, Dennis Rodman the basketball player. Was he paid money by a pro wrestling company? You bet. In fact, he was paid a little more than $1.6 million for two years of work. For comparison’s sake, the late Eddie Guerrero made $1.2 million over five years. Oh, and Master P got $293,000 for the one year he was under contract with the company. That’s more than the American Dream himself, Dusty Rhodes, got over three years.
Basically, if you want to keep your wrestling company afloat, don’t pay a basketball player more than you pay Rey Misterio Jr.
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