The ignorance of tweets like his are astounding. Let's assume he is telling the truth, which we don't actually know - The reason he is making so much on the indies coming fresh out of WWE is because he's coming fresh out of WWE. That doesn't last forever. Soon enough the fresh WWE feel will wear off and he will be making less, which is why he won't be giving you examples like he did today, a year from now.
It is safe to assume that Aries made bottom tier money for a superstar (in the range of 80-100K). It's also safe to assume that in an overwhelming majority of cases, WWE Superstars make significantly more than indie wrestlers. In other words, Aries tried making a point while using essentially an outlier example, and did so, by providing a small window, immediately after leaving WWE.
While I don't completely disagree with you, in fact I am inclined to agree in most cases, this is not really the "norm" because Aries was a big name on the indies before he ever came to WWE. So in his case I don't think his recent WWE stint has anything to do with the kind of money he can make on the indies.
Also - keep in mind that the indy guys a lot of times are getting travel paid for, and are almost always not working as many dates as the WWE guys. I bet on a per appearance basis some of these indy guys are doing much better than WWE guys. So he may only have to work 100 dates a year to make the money guys in WWE have to work 200 dates.
Then again - indy guys don't get paid if they get hurt, and not as much is guaranteed for them. And it's not like any indy wrestler can demand this type of money, we are talking about the top indy stars.
I think in general (just IMO) a talent in most cases is better off going the WWE route, but there are definitely cases where certain guys (especially guys that Vince doesn't see as big stars, but they are stars on the indies - like an Aries) are most definitely better off on the indy scene. Hopefully in the future that goes even more, not because I'm some kind of indy mark (cause I'm really not at all) but because the wrestling industry needs new ideas and talents very badly.
With as big as WWE is it's going to take time, but as I said: it's the natural progression. Wrestling will eventually evolve. Whether it looks the same as WWE does now by then or not remains to be seen. You could make the argument that UFC is that next evolution, but then, wrestling as we know it has it's own market because people like the storylines, characters and such. I think One day you'll see wrestling on platforms like Netflix and that will be where it heads. Twitch too. TV is already on the decline. Thats another thing: The internet is a prime example of a way we're evolving that WWE refuses to tap into the right way. The next big wrestling fed will likely do that better than WWE are.
All sports "evolve" - but it most likely will still be under the WWE banner.
All sports have evolved over time, but the biggest leagues 50, 60, or 70 years ago are still the biggest leagues now. NFL has pretty much always been the biggest American football league. In Europe, it can change from year to year which is #1
or it goes in cycles, but for the most part the EPL, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga have always been the best 4 leagues in world football/soccer.
MLB is the standard bearer for baseball for 100+ years. NBA has always been the top basketball league.
I agree that they (WWE) are reluctant to change, and I would say WWE out of any "sport" is most likely the one that could possibly get over taken by another company/promotion because of this.
But still my money is on WWE still being the standard bearer for wrestling in the future. They may have to alter their presentation to be more "indy like" in the future, if that is what the fans want. I'm not saying that they won't.
But years and years of name association should not be taken for granted. People associate things, NFL is football, NBA is basketball, MLB is baseball, and WWE is wrestling to most people and that's just the way it is. It's hard to change that that perception.
Again - of all those wrestling is the most likely that some other entity could become the industry flag bearer - but it's still not very likely IMO.