The demanding schedule of the WWE has frequently been brought up when discussing the wear and tear that wrestlers endure owing to the non-stop nature of the business. Additionally, WWE regularly hosts hundreds of live events that aren’t shown on television yearly.
Some wrestlers, like Dean Ambrose’s, alter ego Jon Moxley in 2015, routinely work more than 15 dates each month. The quick house show culture within the WWE appears to have changed, at least temporarily, in the wake of the development of AEW and the COVID-19 outbreak. WWE only had 147 house shows in total in 2022, according to data compiled by Wrestlenomics, the first year without COVID limitations since 2019.
Since the company began holding home shows in 2001, the number of house shows it held in 2022 was the fewest in a single calendar year. The only years it exceeded were 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001, according to Wrestlenomics’ graph, making last year the fifth least non-pandemic-afflicted year since 1990. We can’t be too confident that this tendency will continue for the corporation because of the uncertain future that WWE currently faces.
Triple H disclosed the minimum base pay for WWE Superstars
However, it’s vital to note that All Elite Wrestling, WWE’s top rival in the United States, will launch their own, regular home shows in 2023 under the name “House Rules,” starting on March 18 in Troy, Ohio. Some of the most prominent personalities in sports and popular culture are the products of WWE. Fans often question how much a celebrity is paid because stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Hulk Hogan, and others are now living comfortably.
Triple H disclosed that the minimum base pay for WWE Superstars on the main roster is $250,000 per year, while during the WrestleMania 38 weekend tryouts in Dallas last year. Since this is only a base salary, it’s possible that some RAW and SmackDown performers will make additional income from their appearances at Premium Live Events and merchandise. Superstars in new brands, however, are paid considerably less. Dave Meltzer claims that the beginning pay for NXT performers ranges from $50,000 to $60,000, depending on their star power.