Most WWE NXT Superstars are reportedly making in the low $100,000’s each year.
It was noted on the most recent version of Wrestling Observer Radio that except for NXT Champion Finn Balor, very few wrestlers are bringing in huge cash in NXT. Dave Meltzer was inquired as to whether top talents like Balor, Adam Cole, Tommaso Ciampa or NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano are getting large cash agreements to remain on the brand, or on the off chance that they’re making around $50,000 – $65,000.
“They’re not making $250,000 or $300,000 or anything like that,” Meltzer answered. “Balor I’m sure is, but I don’t think anyone else is. They’re probably in the low $100,000’s.”
Meltzer noticed that one unnamed wrestler that is a top star on the NXT brand and has been there for years makes $130,000. Meltzer guessed that Cole is likely making in a similar range.
“I know one of the top people in NXT that’s been there for a long time, and he should be making a ton, but he’s making $130,000,” Meltzer said. “So, they might be making like $130,000, $150,000. Adam Cole might be making a little more, he should be. But that’s the range.”
It was noticed that the beginning pay for NXT ability is around $50,000 – $60,000 relying upon the individual. It was noticed that initiates who were football players may get more. Raises are additionally offered up to a specific level.
“It’s not like they are paying $250,000 to guys in NXT, other than Balor, who I’m sure… I don’t know what his downside guarantee is, but I’m sure from day one he was getting money because they needed to get him, he was making money in Japan and he wasn’t like one of those guys who was dying to get to WWE, ” Meltzer said. “So, for a guy like that, you have to pay them a decent amount of money or else they’re going to stay where they are.”