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 Posted: Sat Jun 16th, 2012 07:44 pm
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Okay, back in the KM days, I forget the amount of money that good ol' buddy Rose claimed to make during his appearance at Wrestlemania under the mask, but it seemed high to me.

Good ol' Buddy went on to say during one of his rambling posts that he made almost $3 million during his tenure in the WWF in the early-mid 1980's. 

Was he trying to say this was his annual salary?  Was  this what he had accumulated for all of his cumulative appearances in the WWF. 

I would think that there was a substantial bump in salaries due to the expansion, but what were even looking at during that time period?

In this thread, I am going to focus on the time period from 1984-1989.  How much were the top stars making and how much were the mid-carders making?

Your first tier guys would be like:

Hogan
Piper
Savage


Your second tier guys would probably be guys like:

Santana
Valentine
Beefcake


Your third tier guys would be people like:

Rose
Putski


How about a guy like George Steele.  He on the downside of his career, but they involved him in some pretty big angles.


I understand that some of these guys may have been successful in the early 1980's but I am talking from the 1984 - 1989 time period. 

I never understood the pay scales or what determined how and what these guys were paid.




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Rose didn't even see 3 million in his entire career.

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Principal_Raditch wrote:
Rose didn't even see 3 million in his entire career.


This. He wuz werking.



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Okay, does anybody know what he and the others were making during that time period?



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Does anybody know if this information has ever been released through any of the books that have been published?  I do not ever remember reading anything about this.



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Papa Voo wrote:
Does anybody know if this information has ever been released through any of the books that have been published?  I do not ever remember reading anything about this.


I don't remember seeing any reliable information on the subject. It's not WWF, but Jim Cornette says that he and the MX were among the first people Crockett signed to contracts in 1986, and they had a $100,000 guarantee, and that he's pretty sure only the Horsemen and Dusty made more. On most of the shoot interviews from wrestlers of this time frame, it seems they either made a bazillion dollars (and lost it all), or made $20 a night and slept in their car, whatever makes a better story.



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BuddyPSHayes wrote: Papa Voo wrote:
Does anybody know if this information has ever been released through any of the books that have been published?  I do not ever remember reading anything about this.


I don't remember seeing any reliable information on the subject. It's not WWF, but Jim Cornette says that he and the MX were among the first people Crockett signed to contracts in 1986, and they had a $100,000 guarantee, and that he's pretty sure only the Horsemen and Dusty made more. On most of the shoot interviews from wrestlers of this time frame, it seems they either made a bazillion dollars (and lost it all), or made $20 a night and slept in their car, whatever makes a better story.


You stated my thoughts exactly, Buddy.  It went from one extreme to the other.  I think this is some of the best kayfabe stuff that remains, because like I said, nothing seemed to be consistent.  Good ol' Buddy Rose lived like a king after working with the WWF.  According to him, he was making millions. 



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I remember around 1985 or so, the National Enquirer (or maybe it was one of the other tabloids) had a small article that listed the salaries of Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, and a couple others. I have searched Google in hopes of finding it but so far I haven't had any luck.

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