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People backstage ‘stunned’ by the money Chris Jericho is making with AEW

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Chris Jericho made a lot of buzz by signing with All Elite Wrestling earlier this month, and it appears that this news is affecting WWE in more than one ways.

Not only will Jericho help All Elite in garnering the interest of the casual wrestling fans, but latest report suggests that his signing is making some buzz backstage in WWE as well.

During the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed Jericho’s deal and talked about the backstage reaction to it.

While the exact numbers are not known, according to Meltzer, people backstage were ‘stunned or freaked out’ upon hearing about the money he is making, depending on their position in the company.

The contract is not on par with John Cena or Brock Lesnar’s but it’s said to be near the top when it comes to the WWE paylist, meaning that Jericho is indeed making some good money.

People have already been connecting the dots to the recent news of several WWE superstars asking for their release with the rise of AEW.

And now with Chris Jericho’s deal becoming a topic of discussion; it’s easy to imagine that it will encourage more stars to consider leaving the company for a better position in the rival promotion.


  • CC

    There are several reports available for earnings out there. They do not have to tell us because it is common knowledge.

  • Soulshroude

    Man… though, when sh*t actually hits the fan…, yeah.

  • CC

    The big problem here, is anyone buying into all this hype will feel incredibly let down if this does not end up as big as they seem to think it is.
    I think people need to start lowering their expectations, and be more realistic. That way they will not risk being let down, and will actually give the promotion more support to help it grow.

  • Soulshroude

    Based upon who’ve they’ve hired thus far, Anutosh is correct.

  • Soulshroude

    Agreed. Even as AEW still has yet to have their first actual opener, without even a P.P.V. to be released. Me thinks they’ve been over-hyping themselves with no feedback regarding actual activity. This is what I like to call a: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” topic.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    You know this how?

  • CC

    If Jericho committed to a full time contract with WWE he would easily be paid between two to five million, it was only his limited contract that gave him limited pay.

    And just because they are paying Jericho this money does not mean they will pay anyone else even close to that.

    Does WWE pay all its top guys the same money as they pay Lesnar? Not even close.
    Even someone as big as Reigns gets half of the pay Lesnar gets.
    In this case, Jericho could very well be the Lesnar of AEW, the “box office draw”, but that does not mean anyone else will get anywhere near that money.

    Way too much hype around what AEW is capable of yet, with very little proof.

  • Anutosh Bajpai

    Nobody says AEW will pay everyone in millions

    But if they can pay Jericho in the same line as top line WWE Stars then it will convince other stars that there is a company that can match what WWE is paying them

    Tell me that this, mixed with creative freedom and other things wouldn’t make some of them consider leaving?

  • Anutosh Bajpai

    So far they have a mix of both

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    The thing is we will never know how much the WWE wrestlers makes because they never tell us. But if you notice WWE is getting more Global and the contracts are getting higher.

    My question with AEW are you just targeting the old WWE guys or are you looking for young talent to build your company with.

  • gar216

    A. Good for Jericho.
    B. His ego has just gotten that much bigger.
    C. I still don’t put much faith in all of this. I absolutely believe that Dave is being paid to create buzz.

  • CC


    And now with Chris Jericho’s deal becoming a topic of discussion; it’s
    easy to imagine that it will encourage more stars to consider leaving
    the company for a better position in the rival promotion.

    Jericho is a legend, and in AEW’s eyes is a draw to bring fans in. A team like The Revival, for example, are not going to get anywhere near what Jericho is offered.
    From reports I have seen in the past, Jericho was on $750k in WWE, but he was not there full time, so it is understandable that he would not get a salary close to even someone like AJ Styles for instance, and not even touch the kind of money the likes of Reigns, Rollins and Cena were on.

    AEW though will offer him a couple of million easily based on his name alone, but that is not going to be the same deal offered to the lower card guys.

    While yes, maybe guys like Ambrose can command more if this whole not renewing his contract story is genuine, but even then, I really do not see them offering that much more than the $2mil he is currently on in WWE.

    Funny thing is though, despite WWE and their womens revolution, it is actually the women who might actually be better off switching to AEW, as most of them are on next to nothing compared to the men.
    Even Rousey is not earning as much as some of the upper mid card men, and she is the only woman to be earning over $1mil.
    Charlotte is next highest at just over a half a mil. Hell, Becky is earning less than half of that was well.