Jon Moxley isn’t hiding anything about his time in WWE at this point except for an awful joke that WWE wrote for him to say about Roman Reigns’ leukemia. Just because he is no longer a part of WWE doesn’t mean he stopped caring about their product and how they treat Superstars because he still has a wife and several friends with the company.
Mox continued his shoot interview tour on Wade Keller’s Pro Wrestling Podcast where he went into detail about how Superstars make money off of the WWE Network.
This has often been something that people have wondered about because it cut the pay-per-view royalty marked down drastically when everything was available for $9.99 a month.
“I don’t know how they [Network payouts] work. The explanation was, they have a pool of money that they use, and we get the same amount as we would for pay-per-views. I don’t know what that means, but my pay-per-view checks never went down. But I only had one or two to compare them to before we went to the Network. [CM Punk] might have had a comparison because he was a top guy at that point. I don’t know how they do it because the whole model has changed.”
There are a lot of things that Moxley would change about WWE. One of those things is their current house show schedule as well. It appears that WWE is nixing a lot of Monday house shows at this point thanks to the Wild Card Rule taking top names (Roman Reigns) off of the blue brand’s house shows each week.
The business is in a different state right now and Moxley realizes this. Hopefully, AEW will listen to this logic, because WWE doesn’t need to run house show events anymore.
“That’s another thing they have to update; the house show model. This 80’s model where everyone gets paid off the house show, but that’s not where WWE is making their money. They are making their money off giant TV contracts and the boys aren’t seeing any of that. That’s got to change. This whole house show thing has to change because it doesn’t make any sense. The schedule is not why I left but I did that schedule harder and longer than anybody while I was there.”
“It is brutal. Maybe it’s not as bad as it was in the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s but it is brutal. And we’re not all on painkillers and stuff. And we’re doing way more athletically and physically demanding matches.”
“The schedule is harder than it needs to be for quality of life. They ride [talent] like a pony. They don’t treat the talent like the commodity that they are. Without the talent, there is no show. At least eliminate half the house shows.”
“Eventually, they are gonna have to do an off-season or cycle guys in and out or just lighten the schedule drastically. And they’re gonna have to start paying guys more on their downside. Their whole business model has to change.”
WWE could do a lot of things to improve the quality of life for their Superstars. If appears they are taking steps to do that now as they pay closer attention to concussions, but WWE still wears their Superstars out with constant travel.
Becky Lynch said on SmackDown Live that she just went home for the first time in three months. That is not normal and shouldn’t be the case. However, in Lynch’s situation she might have been talking about her actual residence because she’s been spending any days off in Iowa with Seth Rollins.
Thanks to Fightful for the quote