TNA Wrestling is still scrambling to “flesh out their roster” for the Impact reboot on Destination America next year. While the majority of the roster is relieved that TNA landed a new domestic TV deal, it’s understood this deal is going to mean less money for the majority of talent. TNA is trying their best to not position it as a paycut when approaching talent for new deals.
Most of the talent is being offered one year contracts, with a second year at TNA’s option. The start date for these contracts is January 1, 2015. One source that spoke with some midcard performers indicated they were offered renewals at the same pay grade as before. The kicker is the elimination of live events, meaning a significant cut in pay.
TNA has been taking a “take it” or “leave it” approach. Obviously talent is looking for more money per appearance since they know they’re about to end up with significant less appearances. For talent only making $300-$400 per shot, with no guarantee, it's really not a livable wage.
We’re told a lot of the upper midcard talent have guarantees in the $40,000-$50,000 per year range, in addition to getting paid per appearance. However, it wasn’t that long ago some of those workers could hit low six figures between their guarantee and their per shot appearance fee.
That, however, is now going to be next to impossible. Talent that were making $100,000 per year could end up making $65,000 per year now. While our source didn’t disclose names, they indicated they were talking about “significant guys” on the roster and that it’s a huge hit for them financially.