Post by @AnHonorablePod on Jun 28, 2019 21:04:28 GMT -5
tell me how so? sure, there’s a lot of people grinding with multiple jobs that have spots on indies. but in terms of the amount of people who are actually making living wages by being a professional wrestler? you can’t really suggest that there is near that many professional wrestlers making their living in the United States as there was during the territory days when nearly every state had a thriving promotion, the first wwf boom, or the late 90s where people’s appetite was insatiable for anything wrestling.
perhaps i’m wrong, as you’re suggesting. I’m interested in your take on it.
Let's not disqualify everyone currently working for WWE, who presently has more wrestlers under contract full time than ever before. Sure some wrestlers on the indies work day jobs but many are making 20-30 grand a year through pro wrestling tees and live event merch sales. Let's then talk AEW guys who for the most part employ people on a full time basis. Ring of Honor does the same with several roster guys making close to 300 grand a year factoring in royalties and merch.
We must disqualify people who have business ventures like cigar companies, their own promotion, their own school, host a podcast, etc. Nick Aldis, James Storm, Eli Drake all are paid full time rates through the NWA. Point being wrestling shows operate 7 days a week in the states now and between streaming services and merchandise we are in a whole new world where there are less promotions offering full time wages but more individuals making a full time living, supporting themselves(which let's be honest many wrestlers aren't married for smart reasons), or their families.