Music Composers In Mainstream Wrestling, Who Pays WWE Travel Expenses?, Is A Worker Paid If They Aren't Used?, John Cena vs. Kane


While both WWE and TNA have their own respective in-house musicians/composers (Jim Johnston and Dale Oliver), ROH borrows songs to use them as entrance themes. Can they really afford to pay the corresponding royalties? Wouldn't it be cheaper to have their own music composer?

Ring of Honor often times gets music from independent bands where they trade exposure for the rights to a song. While they obviously have to pay for the rights to use any mainstream song, it's not a major expense. If ROH continues to grow, an in-house music composer might be something of interest as they do have a significant financial backer in Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

When WWE Superstars travel show to show, does WWE pay for their flights and accommodations or do they pay for themselves?

Workers under WWE contract must pay their own travel expenses. The WWE office will assist in booking flights and making hotel reservations - all at a discounted rate you or I would get - however, it is a worker's responsibility to handle these expenses. Most of the roster has a group of two or three that travel together where they share expenses such as hotel rooms, rental cars, etc.

If a worker is not injured but also not being featured on shows do they still get paid?

WWE contracts include a downside guarantee which is money they get regardless if they are injured or not used. This money is figured on a yearly basis and then paid either weekly or bimonthly (I can't remember the pay cycle). The only time they do not collect this money is during a suspension upon which point these funds are not distributed. Downside guarantees vary from six figures all the way to approximately $25,000/year for a WWE developmental contract.

Is John Cena's program with Kane something for him to do until Wrestlemania XXVIII?

John Cena's program with Kane is one of the final programs he will have before his intermittent program with The Rock for Wrestlemania XXVIII is given the green light. There is obviously room for another; however, it all depends on how long Cena vs. Kane lasts. It looks like we will see this match at Royal Rumble which leaves only one pay-per-view for Cena before Wrestlemania. A lot was made about Cena not being on the WWE TLC lineup but there was literally nothing for him.

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