WrestleMania is coming up very soon and the road to the big event has already started. Some Superstars are anticipating a nice paycheck bonus for their WrestleMania moment. Others might not need to expect as much.
While discussing WrestleMania paydays on his podcast, Ryback opened up about how much his Mania checks differed throughout the years. There’s a big difference between performing in a singles match at WrestleMania and being in an 8-man tag team kickoff show match.
When he boiled it down, Ryback is pretty certain that WWE is f*cking over their Superstars in regards to pay cuts.
“Well you want to be on the main show. I don’t know what the payouts are [now], but obviously guys now are making more downsides than any period in recent history. It definitely plays a part. That WrestleMania payday is the best payday of the year, but in my time there, we got f*cked over quite a bit. My first one with Mark was decent. It was my best singles payout that I had ever gotten which was still way under than it probably should have been from what other guys in that position in years past probably made. They put me in the pre-shows for the other four or whatever else that I did, and they knew that drove me crazy. Those payouts sucked. That’s being honest.”
“One of my lowest payouts of the year was WrestleMania New Orleans where we did the tag match with Swagger and Cesaro, The Usos, Primo and Epico and me and Axel that four-way tag. That was no joke one of my lowest payouts of the year pay-per-view wise.”
“No rhyme or reasons which technically should have been should have been my highest pay per view of the year. You never know what they’re going to do or what’s going on with each guy, but typically if you’re on WrestleMania, you’re looking forward to a pretty decent payday. Every talent should want to be a part of that no doubt.”
WWE Superstars are making far more guaranteed money than ever before. This means that royalty cuts on pay-per-view performances aren’t what they used to be. The implementation of the WWE Network also took a huge bite out of royalty checks because fans are only spending $9.99 a month (for now).
Ryback doesn’t seem to be interested in making a WWE return at this stage in his career. He would like them to release the rights to his name so it doesn’t cost him so much money to continue building his brand.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote