WWE moving NXT to the USA Network will change a lot about their developmental brand. It will also change the amount of money coming to NXT Superstars.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that “top tier NXT talent” will receive new contract “closer to main roster figures.” This will obviously be paying them a lot more from the usual reported $40,000 to $60,000.
It was noted that WWE could usually sign an NXT Superstar at that price “in the past,” however, things have obviously changed. Now a top indie worker can stay independent and make around that amount or much higher. This is why WWE is raising their offers to combat other companies.
He went on to note that while they are waiting on confirmation, the thought is that all NXT deals will soon change to main roster deals. This is due to the fact that AEW is reportedly offering “low six figures to those they are interested in for an easier schedule.”
The word going around is that all developmental deals are going to be changed to main roster deals shortly. One would think that WWE would up the scale for new signees to prevent the next hot talent from going to AEW, but that also hasn’t happened yet, but it does figure to be the next logical step as this plays out.
People usually spend a lot of money during times of war. The Wednesday Night Wars are now a very real thing so we’ll just have to see how much money WWE is willing to shell out to keep the Superstars they want.
We previously reported that WWE is likely getting around $30 million a year from USA Network to air NXT. This is a lot of money which could certainly be shared around the roster.