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Jack Swagger breaks myth about WWE

Jack Swagger

For a long time, it’s been believed by fans that the goal for a new person entering the professional wrestling world has to be going to WWE due to the financial stability.

However, during a recent interview with WrestlingInc, former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger broke this myth and revealed that life in WWE isn’t as stable as people think.

According to Swagger, it was difficult to plan financially when he was working with the company because the salary was dependent on a lot of things and it was different every week:

“It is very difficult to plan financially with the WWE because every week the salary was different. Every month the salary was different. It’s based on the house shows and the attendance, and any extra stuff that goes in there. It makes it difficult to be consistent with your budget because it fluctuates, It is a couple of thousand each month, but sometimes and a lot of times it is lower and that makes it tough. Once you make it up to a certain income level and you acquire and buy certain things and have a certain way of life, it is really tough on your family to go back below that income level because you have certain things set as far as private schools and things like that.”

For those who don’t know, Jack Swagger has recently signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA and he is expected to have his first fight in 2018.


  • Mister Who

    i remember what Dave Batista recalling the advice from his friend The Rock gave him, The Rock said to Dave Batista, that WWE is a quicksand, your not trapped there, you have to be strong, because WWE is not an easy company to deal with and they are very controlling.

  • Brian

    How is it fair to the wrestlers, who work the same despite the attendance at a house show?

    The last time WWE did a house show in my town, tickets were in excess of $100+ for anything other than the nose bleed seats.

    I wonder if Vince, HHH & Stephanie’s compensation is tied to the same standards? I seriously doubt it.

  • CC

    This is no myth. Unless you are a John Cena, Brock Lesnar or Randy Orton, it is well known that mid and lower carders struggle. This is why so many people get pissed off with being dropped from a PPV card in favour of a Snookie.
    I remember when Ric Flair left after his “retirement”, he said that he could make more money on the indy circuit and doing personal appearances than he did in WWE.

    When you look at ex-WWE talent, often they can charge several thousand for one show if they were a big enough name.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    That is no myth that is fact. Stone Cold has said many times it hard to make a living in the WWE.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Or you could just not live outside your means…

  • ROB-1.

    I miss Jack wrestling. We The People!

  • oppa

    A few years ago, some left WWE because they couldn’t afford to work there. And some could make more on the indies. His story is totally believable.