Dave Meltzer reported in last week’s issue of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that former WWE Superstar Emma was asking $2,000 per match, first class tickets and full creative control.
To better clarify earlier reports, that $2000 price tag is for Emma to work shows outside of North America. Emma’s rate for U.S. shows are $1,500, plus round-trip airfare, hotel and ground transportation. It’s worth noting that indie promoters are expected to provide hotels and ground transportation, which is an expense that talents in WWE have to pay on their own.
In addition to that, she is also asking a 50/50 split between her and the promotion for autograph and picture money. She wants 100 percent of her own merchandise money as well. Both of these factors are common with most guidelines.
In regards to creative, she has the ability to approve her opponent and finishes, which is regular on the indies and isn’t necessary a deal-break because any top talent is going to have the right to approve that.
Promoters also have to make a 50 percent deposit to book her, which is common as well. This helps ensure that the promoter will pay the talent after agreeing to do so. There have been times in the past where promotors have screwed talents out of their wages.