Maybe that’s why he left. AEW only started up last year and they have already hit the ground running with some great matches and memorable moments. They had to start somewhere though and that included bringing in Chris Jericho as their signature star and centerpiece of the company. Jericho had spent a long time in WWE though and now we know an interesting detail about some of his time there.
As is the case with any other wrestling company, WWE’s wrestlers are paid based on a variety of factors. This could come from a mixture of their star power, their merchandise sales or their level on the card, plus other aspects. They might be paid differently for each show as well, which can make their individual salaries a little hard to track. Jericho himself has given us a little glimpse into those details.
On Tuesday, a fan tweeted to Jericho about a WWE live event that he attended in Ashville, North Carolina on July 31, 2016. Jericho headlined the show, challenging Dean Ambrose for the WWE Championship in a street fight. Jericho responded, saying that he was paid $750 for that night’s match. It is not clear if Jericho was complaining about his pay or adding in a detail about the match.
I got paid 750 bucks that night! https://t.co/6hAxY0GBGp
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 23, 2020
The two had a heck of a rivalry. Check out some of its moments:
Opinion: That might not sound like a lot of money, but if Jericho was making that much at a minimum working three shows a week, over fifty weeks he would be bringing in over $100,000 a year, not even counting merchandise money. That isn’t too shabby, and it really is playing on the low side. Again, Jericho very well may not have been complaining about it though, and for one night’s work, that sounds pretty decent.
What did you think of Jericho’s last WWE run? Will he or Ambrose ever wrestle there again? Let us know in the comments below.
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