Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Sep 29, 2013
Report: How Much Money TNA Offered Mickie James

Report: How Much Money TNA Offered Mickie James

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

According to sources, TNA offered Mickie James a new contract at an estimated $60,000 a year to remain with the company. James turned down the offer and is no longer with the company. She is currently taking bookings now and is charging $1,800 per appearance on the independent wrestling scene.

Attempts to get comments from James about the report were not returned.

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72 Responses to “Report: How Much Money TNA Offered Mickie James”

  1. JoshuaTNA says:

    I'm sorry but thats a real sad amount, TNA was never known to pay their talent so badly. WWE Jobbers easily make way more then this.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      It all depends on the number of appearances. For the number of appearances she'd probably be making throughout the year (probably anywhere between 2 and 3 per week), she's get around 545 ~ 700 per appearance. Considering she's asking almost triple the average she'd get with TNA on the Indy's it's likely they really lowballed her. Although lets be honest it's been reported that TNA offered Angelina Love around a third of that per appearance.

      • Peckar says:

        Exactly, lowballed. Seems to me they are asking all talent to take a pay cut while some wrestlers/talent shouldn't be there at all.

    • soyfenomenal says:

      $60,000 is a sad amount? Are you kidding? I'm a legal assistant. I work for a lawyer and I only make about $24,000. If you can't live comfortably on $60,000, something's wrong.

      • nicholal79 says:

        She risks her life everyday she gets in the ring!

        • Dante_Cross says:

          She does not. She is a wrestler, dont try to dramatize is like she is doing this for us with no regard to her life. If you're using that excuse, there is a long line of people that are way in front of her (firefighters, police etc).

          • Peckar says:

            I think the point they are trying to make, Mickie is on tv wrestling for our entertainment, She is a tv star. Yet she makes a meagre salary compared to most jobs of lesser importance. (yes I class wrestling more important than a legal aid).

          • jbcissom says:

            $60k to appear for a wrestling organization that will allow you to tour with your band and make additional money…

            It's a sad day in the world when entertainers are viewed as higher beings than those that actually contribute to the world.

          • Peckar says:

            Lawyers are more important than wrestling? Are you stoned?

          • Pippin says:

            Are you!?

            How anybody can think professional wrestlers are more important than lawyers is beyond me!

          • Peckar says:

            How could you Americans survive without suing someone, right?

          • Philly_Cheese says:

            You obviously know nothing about the wrestling industry… A lot of wrestlers today have their career permanently ended by accidents that take place in the ring. Even if wrestling is fake, the potential for injury is huge. Wrestlers get seriously hurt every single day on the indy circuit. Look at Edge, the injuries he's sustained while wrestling ended his career prematurely. Chris Benoit had suffered so many concussions that his autopsy revealed his brain was so severely damaged it was looking at a patient with severe Alzheimer's. If you go to any wrestling school and ask they will tell you that there is serious potential for injury by wrestling.

            When you do the math and the amount of traveling TNA is currently requiring, she is getting paid poorly at 60k a year. After taxes she's looking 39k a year, if she's making 3 appearances a week that means she's getting paid 250$ a show after taxes. I'm sure for someone who's been in the industry as long as she has deserves more than that.

      • Cezar_TheScribe says:

        Some jobs are worth more.

      • Grandiose7 says:

        Either you're in a very tiny town, work for a bad lawyer, or aren't a good worker if you're only making 24k as a legal assistant, unless you aren't really educated? However, you're right with your 2nd statement, it's the fib that destroys you.

        • soyfenomenal says:

          There is no fib there. How you can even assume such nonsense is beyond me. I'm not a certified paralegal or anything, I'm just learning as I go. I'm only 20. Lol. I think roughly $11/hour is good for a college student. But $60,000? I would feel like a rich man lol.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        The problem isn't her living comfortably on 60k a year… It's saving up for retirement. Wrestling isn't a long-term industry for most wrestlers, and especially not for females. Once she hits a certain age she has to make it by with whatever she had saved up, unless she manages to make the music career work out.

    • Grandiose7 says:

      WWE talent also heavily travel, and pay that out of pocket that's why they get more. TNA doesn't travel as much, and is cutting back on it, so costs aren't as high. It does seem kind of a low though, but it's 1,250 a week, on a regular job that's $31 an hour…for her to do a few hours of work to make that she should be doing fine, also that doesn't include the side sales/sponsor money, or any side projects, like her singing career.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        1,250 is before taxes… You're forgetting it's taxable income. The way the tax system is set up in the US, she's probably in the highest tax bracket, which is 35% of wages in federal income tax alone. After all the taxes she's probably lucky to clear 600 to 700 a week, which is sad because I make more than that.

        • Grandiose7 says:

          Some states aren't as bad on taxes as that, my state, and Florida (where tna is based) are 2 of those. Also you don't get side money from sales, and extra money for independent bookings, as tna has allowed workers to work for them and independents, which putting in an hour or two at another company for 1500-2000 is easy money.

  2. Tiffanydude says:

    Well that sucks, she was a great knockout but IMO so far I think she's turning into one of those people who think just because they were TV and was a champion that everyone will go pay and see them. Honestly she didn't do much in the ring it was usually and slow spinning kick to the head, flying thez press and a jumping DDT.

  3. toddmikki says:

    60K a year? Where do i sign up!!!! Im a white collar professional making much much less than this! And its 60k working much less than 40 hours and able to see the world! Mickey was always my favorite but this now upsets me.

  4. DJBIGCG says:

    IMO, 60 gs is or was a good price for Mickey James

  5. Stunner says:

    Wait let me get this straight, Mickey got offered a new contract + 60k a year and if she sells any merch I’m sure she would get a cut on that. Plus and concert date she could get hmmm I don’t know that sounds somewhat reasonable. But hey I’m a college student, heck I could take 30k a year and make it work.

  6. ToledoDavid says:

    My wife and I don't make $60,000 combined…

  7. Roid Master says:

    $60k/year has a different value depending on where you live. In some areas you can get a descent home for about $100k. I live between DC and Baltimore and that wont even get you a 1br condo.

  8. menionazalee1 says:

    In today's economy, I would take 60 grand a year…even if my body is bruised and broken.

  9. JoeWrestling says:

    This is not an unfair offer. Consider she is making $1,800 per appearance on the independent market (this is probably the high value, demand will decrease over time). In TNA she works every two weeks, or 26 appearances approx a year. $60,000 / 26 = $2307 per appearance. She can also do other outside deals while in TNA potentially. She's free to prove them wrong, but not sure how she makes more with as little effort. Perhaps she can get into WWE and make more, but will still be more work. If she had to work every week & house shows & monthly PPV's then I would say it is low, because that's more like 170 dates instead of 26. Consider WWE Diva downsides are about $70-80,000 then they make more because they actually work a lot of dates. This is how it works, you have to set the base pay low, then if they prove themselves a draw, they get paid more for performance when they merit it..

    • jbcissom says:

      I'm sorry, I don't buy her having such a high indy circuit asking price. Considering those events rarely have 100 ticket holders, that means those indy circuit are charging at least $20 a pop… let's get real people.

  10. bik100 says:

    You have to remember it's 60k + bonuses per appearance.

  11. MRPC says:

    Sceptical about this info. I wasn't aware that private contract terms were in the public domain? *Mickie doesn't seem the type to contact a dirt site to disclose this either.

  12. dcxboxx says:

    i average 2500-3k a week waiting tables part tim . 4 nights a week around 16-20 hrs work a week mor on busy season when tourists are in town. I dunno if i would put my body on the line for 60k. now in the wwe it might be worth it due to bonuses from ppv and house shows and merchandise and games. tna on the other hand does not draw many ppv buys, and poor house show attendancees. but shes also a woman so they don't make as much as guys in most cases, some talent may make midcard guy level. wwe low balled even chyna in the wwe. they wont pay big because women dont draw well not for long term. they are just eye candy. some can wrestle and give great matches but its just not very big. also look at the tna womens divsion its a joke. I think shes best off on indys where she can make more money. but same time being on tna was an extra promo tool for her with her music career. also shes not very young shes getting old. women age more so than men. and well being a woman unless your name is moolah or young , dont expect long careers. the guys dont wanna see saggy boobs. granted most of them are plastic.

    • jflegler says:

      At your maximum hours per week (20) and maximum take home per week (3000), you bring home about 600 a night waiting tables? Not bad. That’s 120 an hour.

      Where do you wait tables? Either you are non-stop at an extremely upscale establishment waiting tables nude, let rich people eat sushi off of your body, or are pulling our strings.

      • jbcissom says:

        Or robbing his/her boss.

      • dcxboxx says:

        a seafood restaurant in new orleans. its more of a neighborhood establishment. pricy but not extreme. if I worked in the french quarter i would make a hell of a lot more. but i do film production work as well. and some nights i bartend on the side.

      • dcxboxx says:

        also my bills arent bad. I have a house thats about 2700 square feet plus a large yard in a good area in the garden district in new orleans. which is a safe in the middle of middle income and wealthy part of town. rents $500 a month for me. but i got in at a good time years ago right out of high school. my irst resturant job i was 15 busing tables/and food runner madelike 700-900 a week. ended up waiin tablles at 16 im now 30. cost of living here isn't bad. i think the median income in my state is maybe $40,000 or so last i checked.

  13. tnadude says:

    I'm actually a bit conflicted here.

    1) 60k / year is NOT a lot of money. Regardless of what others may say, on the East Coast it's not much. And you certainly can't do retirement planning on it.

    2) 1800 / appearance is high for Mickie. It's also her "asking price". She'd likely settle for less each time. It makes the promoter feel like the got a deal and keeps her "price" higher. Even at $1800 / appearance, she'd need to work 30+ dates a year to catch up to TNA's number.

    3) Why not double-dip and do both deals? If she's on TV for TNA, her Indy price would be higher. The answer is simple – she wants to work less and concentrate on music. And that's likely part of the reason she left.

    4) Where did this report come from? Which side leaked it? Based on other reports, the number sounds realistic, but is it legitimate?

    Personally, I think she'll resign. I think she'll realize that being on TV and using her own music for her entrance is a lot more valuable than wrestling in the local high-school gym in front of 65 fans. Okay, maybe that's a bit exagerated, but you get my point.

    • DigestivBiscuit says:

      I disagree with you on 60k a year not being a lot of money. In today's economy 60k is enough

      • tnadude says:

        Median income in the US is down to about $45k and change. $60k is not much more than that, particularly for a female wrestler who's shelf life is so short.

        But median income varies greatly based on region. In Howard County, MD (close to where @Roid Master apparently lives), the median income is over $108k. So in his community – she'd be far below average.

        Just sayin'…

        • Roid Master says:

          Way below average. But it's also expensive to live in this area. I couldn't survive off of that…but in central Florida I could live very comforably.

          Btw…if you're ever in Howard County, we should have a beer at Looney's Pub and talk some wrestling.

    • jbcissom says:

      Not exaggerated. To pay for her fee alone, at 100 ticket holders, that's $20 a pop. Either this is false information, or Mickie isn't as "professional" as we all take her to be.

      • tnadude says:

        Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if she "asked" that much. It's just a negotiating point. I completely agree with you that it's unrealistic to expect her to make that much (or any amount near it) though.

        That said, remember when she asked for "donations" for her album? Per http://wrestlechat. n e t/mickie-james-asks-fans-to-donate-for-next-country-album/

        $10 got you a copy of the album
        $25 got you an autographed album and a "thank you"
        $50 got you an exclusive web concert
        $75 got you a personalized video message
        $100 got you a "one of a kind T-shirt" she painted
        $200 made you an "executive producer"
        $2500 got you a 30 minute acoustic concert in your home (provided of course you purchased her 2 plane tickets a rental car and two hotel rooms)
        $10,000 got you all of the above, plus a co-starring role in her music video.

        So she definitely values her time 🙂

  14. hangers says:

    Not surprising then that she left to pursue other endevours as it aint much money, but it depends on what freedom she had within the offer to do other things. TNA though have to protect the viability of their business and I dont think the were getting bang for their buck when she was on triple figures. Life goes on and there are many other talented girls who can wrestle better than James or Tara for that matter…

    • jbcissom says:

      $60k + the same time for her music career that was allowed these past couple of years seems fair to me. She lives in rural Virginia, not the coast or near D.C.

      • hangers says:

        If she could do indies too and other stuff and just be available for tapings then its fair as really, considering the KO division is low on managements order of priority the same thing can be achieved with cheaper, younger talent..

  15. TheMiwyun says:

    They should have offered her a good c**t licking too. Obviously by Goldberg and not Mag Daddy

  16. Jon says:

    The phrase "music career" seems to be pretty grossly overstating things where MJ is concerned.

  17. chris says:

    Yeah for real, Id love to have 60,000 I make like half that and work like 60 hrs lol she can get over herself!

  18. Dennis D says:

    That’s $1,154 per week. Hell, that’s more than I’m making at my town’s Chrysler transmission plant. Where do I sign up Dixie? I’d LOVE to get paid $60K a year to be on a GLOBAL WRESTLING COMPANY’s weekly show in front of millions of fans.

    But hey, maybe Mickie James believes she’s a game changer that deserves triple that? Maybe WWE is whispering promises in her ear? Or maybe her halfhearted country singing career has made her believe she’s more of a star than what she truly is?

    Bottom line. Considering TNA reaches a global audience. Provides exposure, helped Mickie accomplish other things in her life (singing), $60K isn’t as bad of an offer as most assume. Compared to WWE’s bottomless checkbook? Yeah. But in reality? It was fair.

  19. Zxspectrum says:

    I bet she was on that a month at the peak of her wwe time!

  20. tsoutheast says:

    60,000 is nothing,being that she's on TV and risking her life. That's peanuts,and a insult to her.

  21. Undedlok says:

    $60,000 + appearance bonus … plus TNA usually looks the other way on side appearances that are not recorded for sale. She could have been looking at close to $75,000 – $80,000 if she would have signed. Now her best offer will be the JCW to wrestle in bra and panties matches.

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