Source: MLW, Various
Former WCW,WWF,TNA,ECW pro wrestler Shane Douglas was recently on MLW radio. He discussed a variety of topics, and according to many online recaps he went on a TNA rant that shows an amazing lack of understanding about economics. The rant according to the recaps:
“After Dixie Carter did her show Hardcore Justice and paid the guys a ridiculous sum of money, $250 to go out there and do what we do better than most people do, that to me was just so disrespectful. For somebody who has been born and raised in a billion dollar household with a silver spoon in her mouth and up her backside, to ask guys to go out there and do that, for that little bit of money and then when it did better than any pay-per-view event in the last five years, didn’t even offer so much as an extra penny on top of it.”
I said then and I stand by it, shame on you Dixie Carter that you’d expect anybody to do that in this day and age. At the same time she pays Ric Flair, 62, 63 years old, $35,000 a night. 60 year old Hulk Hogan, $75,000 a night and then somehow figures that these guys that come from ECW just don’t have any value or worth at all. I plan on disproving that.”
First let me say, I am not entirely sure he said that, that is a recap, second I’m not sure if the $250 figure is entirely accurate either.
If the figure is indeed true, that means these gentlemen felt this was a fair amount for their services. No one was forced. If this is indeed what they were paid, it’s because the economics demanded it. While I am a huge fan of many of those guys, there is no way in the world you could justify paying anyone more than what they can demand on the open market and run a successful business.
Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan do several things that their pay justifies above the per show return. Having those two men on the roster opens up licensing and television contracts that unfortunately Balls Mahoney and Sabu never will. Not a slight on those men, but a hard reality. I can guarantee you if Hogan and Flair would lace up their boots for $250 that is what they would get paid.
Dixie is a businesswoman, not a charity chairperson. If she spent money on respect rather than return of investment she would be doing a disservice to their backers and the people who depend on TNA for their livelihood.