There’s money there. NXT is in a weird place as officially they are the WWE developmental system but at the same time, they have a live two hour show every week on national television. They air on the same network as Monday Night Raw and start at the same time, but they are not seen as an official main roster brand. That does not make the most sense, and now we know a little more about what else it doesn’t mean.
Wrestling is a difficult sport as it has so many negatives to go with few of the positives. There is no off season in wrestling and, at least in normal times, the wrestlers are in charge of their own transportation. That is certainly true of the main roster wrestlers, but NXT tends to stay in one place most of the time no matter what. That hasn’t been the case in the last year or so though, as Monday Night Raw and SmackDown have been stuck in Florida due to the Coronavirus. So how does NXT’s pay hold up?
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, there is no rule of thumb for the NXT pay scale and everyone has a unique deal. Finn Balor is likely making the most money at around $250,000-300,000 while most wrestlers are making in the low six figures. The average annual pay in NXT starts at around $50,000-60,000 but can vary depending on a wrestler’s background.
Opinion: This is such a weird situation as everything about NXT has changed in the last year and a half. The Florida circuit may have been developmental but NXT has been featured on major pay per views, including last year’s WrestleMania. To suggest that it is still developmental, especially the names who regularly appear on the weekly show, is pretty much nonsense. It might not have done so yet, but I would hope that their money reflects that in the future.
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.
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