The pay gap is more than you might expect. With All Out only a few days away, the wrestling world is changing again and it is only going to get a lot bigger. As AEW debuts weekly on television in just over a month, things are going to get that much different. One of the changes is going to be the pay scale, and some of the numbers are quite a bit surprising.
According to Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Live, AEW talent at the level of Marko Stunt is making more money than a run of the mill NXT talent who appear on television. While no specific numbers are given, a talent at such a level in AEW would make more money than an NXT talent at the moment. It should be noted that when an NXT talent moves to the main roster, their pay dramatically increases, as does their exposure.
You might need to get used to Stunt. Check out some of his highlights from before AEW:
Opinion: I can’t say I’m surprised by something like this. AEW has a fortune behind it so having the money flying all over the place isn’t the biggest surprise. I’m not sure how well this is going to work, but part of the problem might be how much higher the talent can go. NXT wrestlers do make less money, but there is a lot of room to expand from the starting point. If you are already debuting on the major AEW shows, how much higher can you go?
What are you expecting from AEW? Will they get in trouble for having such big contracts? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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