Well that works. The WWE’s Saudi Arabia shows have turned into some of the most lucrative things that WWE does anymore. The Saudi government pay a large fortune to bring WWE into the fold and while the results have been mixed for the fans, the shows have certainly been beneficial to the wrestlers. There’s a lot of money to be made, and now we have an idea how much one of the bigger names was paid.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Chris Jericho was paid $100,000 for his performance at Greatest Royal Rumble. Jericho was an entrant in the Rumble, lasted 3:18 in the match, eliminated Shelton Benjamin, and was eliminated. At one point he was scheduled to face the Undertaker in a casket match and would have received the same pay for either match.
What did Jericho have to say about the match?
Opinion: I know WWE and its wrestlers get some flack for these shows, but how in the world do you turn down what would be several years of pay for a lot of people to fly to another country, stay in a nice hotel, and work with your friends for less than five minutes? That’s almost impossible to pass up and Jericho got a hero’s welcome as a bonus. That’s some serious cash for so little work and it’s easy to see why he accepted the invitation.
What do you think of the Saudi Arabian shows? Would you like to see Jericho back in WWE? 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 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.
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