Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:02 PM
The magazine states that Christy Hemme and Mickie James are the highest-paid female talent in the organization: each earn more than $100,000 per year. Meanwhile, the rest of TNA's female wrestlers and personalities (Angelina Love, Brooke Tessmacher, Cookie, Jackie, Madison Rayne, ODB, Rosita, Sarita, SoCal Val, Tara, Traci Brooks, Velvet Sky and Winter) earn far less: $600 per appearance at most.
Karen Jarrett's salary is not stated, but the magazine indicates that she commands an above average appearance fee.
Hemme and James command the highest salaries because both were high-profile performers in WWE and thus are more valuable than the other women due to their name recognition. Though the magazine does not indicate which female talent earns more, it is noted that both make a similar low six-figure amount per year. Hemme, however, solely works televised events whereas James additionally appears on the company's live event tour.
Hemme's reported salary has drawn criticism from fans and colleagues as they feel it's exorbitant for a non-wrestling female personality. The Honky Tonk Man claimed last year that her contract renewal with TNA last year was for three years at an annual rate of $175,000. He also said that Eric Bischoff, a huge supporter of the former WWE Diva and Playboy cover girl, helped Hemme obtain the high-end deal. Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer would not confirm the veracity of the former WWE star's claim but did say the deal made her the highest paid female performer in the company.
Reports of Hemme's salary last year reportedly upset some of her female co-workers.
At the maximum second-tier rate, a TNA Knockout who appeared on every single television and pay-per-view event over the course of a calender year, 64 in all, would garner $38,400 at most. TNA solely covers airfare, leaving talent to cover all other expenses including lodging, wardrobe and medical. There is also no downside guarantee, thus meaning talent only get paid when they are used. And while the company holds numerous non-televised events, each tour features a rotation of two to five female performers.
Velvet Sky, who is arguably the organization's top homegrown female star, is believed to be earning the maximum rate of the second-tier salary cap. Her contract renewal with TNA last year reportedly called for her salary to be bumped from $300 per appearance to $600. However, she is an exception to the rule on salary hikes for female talent. Gail Kim, Awesome Kong and Shelly Martinez (a/k/a Salinas) have all publicly stated that they left TNA because organization officials denied their requests for a pay raise.
Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:19 PM
Bischoff was not in TNA during that time, I believe.
He also said that Eric Bischoff, a huge supporter of the former WWE Diva and Playboy cover girl, helped Hemme obtain the high-end deal.
Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:31 PM
Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:32 PM
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:33 PM
If that's true then Hemme needs to go, nothing she does(on camera, anyways) warrants that much money.
I agree. I like Hemme, but she's not wrestling and TNA doesn't need someone so costly for (backstage) interviews and ring announcing.
Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:39 PM
BTW the article also forgot to state house shows as well, I'm pretty sure KOs get paid for those.
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:42 PM
As far as 600 per appearence, I'm gonna assume they work at least 3 days a week and 5 days when they do tapings, and of course ppvs
The lowest they make if its 3 days a week is 1800
If it's a 5 day week it's 3000
and I'm a assuming they make 1000 on ppv appearances so 4000 if it's a 6-day week.
This is a lot of fucking money. LOL.
That's more than I'll EVER make.
Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:47 PM
Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:48 PM
Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:16 AM
1. the lack of talking about how Knockouts work house shows. I mean Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne are on seemingly every TNA house show
2. Hemme signed her deal in late 2008, WELL BEFORE Bischoff showed up. I remember it becuase TNA thought she would be there trish Stratus as she was feuding with Awesome Kong for the title and so signed her to this lucrative deal. She suffered that neck injury in early 2009 and had to retire soon after. Hell she retired before Bischoff got their as well.
That is why when asked TNA talents that need to be cut, Hemme is always on my list cause she costs to much and does little to make money for TNA
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:19 AM
Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:24 AM
Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:30 AM
I would have a hard time supporting any company paying top talent less than $40K, especially when expenses are not covered and the talent is quite literally putting their lives on the line for this product.
Man. This is really foul. Really, really foul.
And who is pocketing the national ad revenues, this I would like to know. TNA is making money, and with that short a roster, tapings in a static location, ppv revenue, merch revenue, tna on demand revenue, etc... there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever to take advantage of young women (or anyone) in that way.
Edited by Boris The Blade, 26 August 2011 - 12:32 AM.
Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:35 AM
Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:49 AM
Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:50 AM
Especially when she got her arm jacked up last year, and then signed a new contract not that long ago. Plus she rarely does house shows. I don't think Tara's hurting for $$$$.
Posted 26 August 2011 - 01:07 AM
Furthermore, they don't take entire rosters out for house shows. Its an abbreviated group. And they surely aren't making tv money at little house shows in Wyoming or BFE wherever. $3000 per week my arse.
While this obviously isn't confirmed, if its true then I would have to think long and hard about whether I would support a product that employs women so unfairly.
If I can live without Nike and Walmart, I can do without this too. But I'm sure we won't find out the truth.
Edited by Boris The Blade, 26 August 2011 - 01:09 AM.
Posted 26 August 2011 - 01:37 AM
Anyway, this KO salary story rehashes itself about once a year or two. The last big story was the reason Kong left was because Christie and Tara was making so much money that TNA couldn't pay Kong more.
Posted 26 August 2011 - 01:39 AM