NXT made its mega debut on USA Network a couple of weeks ago, hitting the TV screens as a two-hour live program on a weekly basis. Despite the added responsibility that comes with a live show, NXT Superstars haven’t received any kind of pay raise yet.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that NXT talents are expected to receive bigger paychecks in the near future courtesy of the cash-rich television deal with USA Network.
The deal is valued at $30 million a year in sharp contrast to the fact that the majority of the NXT locker room is making less than $100,000 per annum.
“Regarding NXT, there were some noting that raises have not come yet for talent since the TV deal started. There are guys who know that the company got a $30 million a year deal from USA and NXT talent is being told they are a third brand, but most of the talent is earning less than $100,000 per year, if not all but a few.”
As previously reported, NXT Superstars shouldn’t expect to receive any kind of raise until about 6 months from their USA Network switch, and the current scenario just seems to be an indication in that direction. However, with AEW wrestlers enjoying a lighter schedule and equal (if not greater) wages, WWE should seriously consider coughing up the extra dough before any sort of dissatisfaction or resentment develops in the locker room.
On the other hand, WWE SmackDown will officially switch over to FOX on Friday, October 4th, and ticket sales for the gala night have been steady so far.
As of this writing, 126 and 760 tickets are still available on Ticket Master and Stub Hub respectively. AXS has 40 for sale and 70 for resale.
WWE has fired in all cylinders to generate huge interest for the epic SmackDown debut on FOX. The Staples Center will be painted in Hollywood colors and fans can expect to see one or two big NFL players at the venue.