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Reason Why WWE Isn’t Paying Some Superstars During Coronavirus Pandemic, Multiple Talents Sidelined With Illness



WWE Superstars are well-known for enjoying lucrative contracts that come with a lot of perks. The talents have different options about how they want to get paid for their services and some of them receive a paycheck even without showing up at the office.

Braun Strowman is one notable Superstar who isn’t getting paid during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that since most talents have already made more than their downside guarantee, WWE isn’t paying them right now. There are also Superstars who prefer to receive their downside guarantees on an even basis and are receiving paychecks during this downtime. Furthermore, a “vast majority” of Superstars who don’t make their downside is paid a lump sum annually if there’s a shutdown of any kind.

“A lot of the talent would fall into the category as if they were above their downside, they wouldn’t be getting paid right now except for days worked. Some, like Slater, made sure that their $400,000 downside was paid bi-weekly as opposed to agreeing to take the regular payments every other week based on house shows and merch.”

WWE has already filmed WrestleMania 36 but several Superstars who were on the card couldn’t make it.

The Observer reports that some Superstars have stayed at home due to illness while some simply refused to fly in during the pandemic. WWE is keeping their names confidential.

“Names are being kept confidential because so few know, but it’s been confirmed that multiple people on the card either said they were sick, which meant instantly being pulled off all shows this week, there were others who did not feel sick but had fevers above 100.4, which was the WWE’s cut-off point of not allowing people to work, and others who, on their own, said they didn’t feel comfortable flying in.”

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