Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Mar 11, 2013
A New TNA Pay Structure – Backstage Morale Down

A New TNA Pay Structure – Backstage Morale Down


According to sources, the locker room morale in TNA is said to be down. This is due to the company’s policy regarding the pay for the majority of wrestlers going forward. With TNA running a live iMPACT! and then taping the following week’s show the same night, the majority of the talent will only be paid for a single appearance regardless of whether they work more than once. This means that those talents will be losing money compared to when iMPACT! was taped on a weekly basis.

One source has stated that this has frustrated the locker room and that it will affect roughly 80 percent of the talent in the company. Many talents are said to be anxious for their contracts to expire so they can negotiate to change the wording in their contracts.

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23 Responses to “A New TNA Pay Structure – Backstage Morale Down”

  1. ViceyThaShizzle says:

    They should work out something similar to the previous deal quickly before they lose a lot of good people.

  2. pepsilover2008 says:

    Hope TNA reconsiders, one of the pluses for talent was less travel, but more travel for half the price will make a lot of talent unhappy

  3. Philly_Cheese says:

    With the road they're going down it's not going to be good for TNA, and the talent is going to be unhappy… Having a heavier travel schedule, and not being paid as much as they were getting prior… Lets just hope TNA is actually paying for hotel and travel expenses now, because before they weren't.

  4. TheBringer92 says:

    My guess the 20% have all been in WWE or WCW

  5. jbcissom says:

    I'm thinking that 80/20 is load of crock… most of the roster is now on salary deals with bonuses… not pay per appearances. The only people on this kind of deal are probably the Gut Checkers, probably still a few of the knockouts, and possibly the newbies in A&8.

    • KGill28 says:

      Agreed, this site does more speculating then they do presenting facts. They end up guessing on just about every post. They should change the name from "tnawrestlingnews" to "tnawrestlingopinions".

  6. DJBIGCG says:

    If this is legit, this is bad news for tna. This could also cause some jumping ship to wwe, but will just have to wait and see what happens

  7. DigestivBiscuit says:

    This website sometimes it exaggerating things, I mean come is not like the reporter of this site work with TNA or something, how man times do this site reported false new which they copy from someone else and still the same site that wanted to start a rumors early this year that Sting might go to WWE. I'm really disappoint with your customer service

  8. hangers says:

    I bet Hogan is still in the 20%, the fat old useless fcuk..

  9. powerbomb says:

    maybe thats why Rood was not too happy with his TNA contract

  10. Sturk says:

    I crack up when fans get mad at TNA's private pay scale of their wrestlers lol. It's a J-O-B its how your job does you as well lol. Those guys are lucky to have a job so don't believe post like this that act like the roster will walk out lol. They've changed their pay many times and the talent has always stayed lol

  11. tnadude says:

    I've been wondering about this since they announced the change. But there's one other question that begs to be asked: Is this how it worked prior to live Impacts?

    If so, then the wrestlers actually saw their pay increase over the year without a change in their deals, and this is just reverting it back to the way it was when the signed them.

    Granted, that's an "if", but it's hard to judge until we have all the facts.

    The only equitable way to structure their pay is to pay them separately for dates and appearances on those dates. Wrestlers should be paid for each show, but if they are booked for two shows at the same night, they also have lower travel expenses, so the amount paid should be less for the second show.

    They should also be paid more for PPVs and less for house shows as the company's revenue stream is different.

    My $.02 anyway.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      You're right, TNA might very well compensate those extra shows or matches with compensation for travel and hotel expenses. I know in the past TNA never covered either of those expenses, and if they require wrestlers to pay for their travel expenses, plus not allow them to make as much it'll severely upset a lot of people.

  12. OldManEaston says:

    Wrestling promoters, proving yet again they are nothing but a bunch of carnival scumbags. Bret Hart once said wrestlers are circus animals. Nothing has changed since then. Wrestlers live at the mercy of those who sign their checks and promise to pay their medical bills. They have to sign away their gimmicks if they want to be employed or get pushed and are restricted to who they can work, and yet they call them independent contractors.

    Such a deal, I love it. What's not to like? — Paul Heyman.


    • jbcissom says:

      Wrestlers have been individual contractors for a very long freaking time. In any occupation that involves contractors or sub-contractors, medical insurance is rarely provided by the employer. Why? Because contractors generally tend to make more money. It then becomes their responsibility to purchase their own health insurance (which by the way can sometimes be cheaper depending on what premium, deductible, and details you purchase… it's just a more strict acceptance policy).

      Also, who in TNA is on a pay-per-appearance deal? Some KO's and the undercard (Kenny King possibly, Zema Ion possibly, and the Gut Checkers). Joe, AJ, Storm, Roode, Aries, Daniels, Kaz, Bully, Devon…. all are on salary deals… meaning they are paid regardless. Stop clamoring for those that haven't earned their stripes.

  13. THISISASHOOT247 says:

    TNA needs to stop paying so much for Hogan and Bischoff and spend that money on the talents they have and talents that they should have (Prince Devitt, Rocky Romero, Dragon Kid, Ricochet, etc.)

  14. Bigmike885 says:

    if this is true..this is excatly what happened in WCW..a bunch of guys went there because there was a lighter travel schedule, then they added more dates and more TV shows (thunder) and all of a sudden they were wrestling 2 times more for the same pay..and moral went down..

    • jbcissom says:

      You do realize that your comment is asenine in several ways…
      1. More TV and a heavier schedule means more exposure, which is a great thing for the mid-carders and newbies
      2. If there is any proof to your post (which I am sure there is) it shows how poorly the financial situation was handled by management, and how greedy the sour pusses were.
      3. Everyone that was bitching and complaining then will wish they could back in time and give their old-selves a kick in the @$$ and tell them to shut up, because only a handful of those guys from that roster went onto "greener" pastures.

      • Bigmike885 says:

        Do you even have a job?…would you allow youre employer come up to you and say "hey look, we're going to double your work hours, but not pay you more, or in some cases less, but in the long run it MIGHT work out better for all of us"..doubt it..there's loyalty and all that jazz, but these guys have families to feed…taking 2-3 paydays a month away from them is pretty crappy…_

        • JoeWrestling says:

          Yes, it happens all the time. It's called exempt salaried workforce here in the US. They pay you a salary and they can work you as much as they want with no overtime pay because you are exempt from it. In fact, in 2004 the Bush administration Dept of Labor/Congress oversaw changing the rules reclassifying "exempt" work taking away overtime pay. Plus currently, lots of government jobs sending out furlough notices, meaning less paydates. Happens all the time. You can't have it both ways. If you don't buy TNA merch and you don't order TNA PPV's, don't complain about the wrestlers pay because TNA obviously wants to be able to pay them extra but how can if they don't make profits? Hard to argue the wrestlers work is more valuable when they aren't producing the revenue to make them more valuable. If 10% of the people watching TNA spent any amount of money (maybe $100 a year), they'd probably be rolling in money. So maybe the audience needs to point the finger at themselves. If TNA went under they wouldn't have the jobs, and they'd have to go find another job anyway. Just like when WCW went under, most of them had to get out of the business. If TNA is treating them so poorly, kindly point them to the wrestling job they can apply for that's better. No one is making them be a pro wrestler. Lots of your favorite mid card wrestlers may entertain you but if they can easily be replaced by a green low paid indy worker and the rating is the same, what does that tell you? It tells you that mid card guy is not a draw and therefore is overpaid if they draw no more than an indy guy. That's just the reality.

          • Bigmike885 says:

            You're right. Except these guys are not salary employees. These are paid per day employees. It's legle but bullshit on Tnas part.Sent from my iPhone

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