Originally Posted by SledgeHammer_Shot
This isn't real. They don't hand out huge downside guarantees like this anymore.
No way is Tensai on a $520,000 downside. Since his pay 10 years ago was probably around the $250,000 downside if you take into account other wrestlers earnings from then. Business was a lot better back then too.
How can Booker be on $477,375? He isn't even a active wrestler anymore.
That was probably more his guarantee 10 years ago.
Gotta take into account inflation, the MMA boom, the effect Guerrero and Benoit's deaths played on the company, wellness, and the dearth of talent on the wrestling circuit.
I don't have a clue whether it is real or now, but it wouldn't shock me if it was nearly accurate. Tensai had reached a decent position in Japan and they thought he'd be a big hit; he wasn't. Vince gave lime green Mark Henry a 10 year 250,000 dollar guaranteed salary back in '96, when they were losing 6 million dollars per year.
They have been paying Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross hige end salaries for years. Booker T came in as a commentator and former headliner - he'd probably get high pay out of respect too.