Remember the contract issues with Bobby Roode that were the talk of Lockdown weekend in March?
While TNA Wrestling continues to try and spin it as an “oversight,” the truth is they didn’t want to exercise Roode’s fifth year company option because they wanted to sign him to a new deal based on a weekly guarantee as opposed to per appearance guarantees.
We reported back in March that TNA was re-structuring all deals to include the weekly guarantee as opposed to per appearance guarantees. Below is an excerpt from our report filed on WNW Premium on March 11, 2013:
There has been a major change in a lot of the new contracts TNA has been offering. The new deals provide weekly guarantees opposed to talent being paid per appearance . The company has slowly worked to renegotiate existing deals with this as well. It’s good for rarely used or undercard talent because they’re still getting paid even if they don’t appear.
However, for workers that are routinely on shows and main event talent, the new structure ultimately puts less money in their pockets.