Friday, June 26, 2020

How Expensive is Becoming a WWE Star?

How Expensive is Becoming a WWE Star?
Around the world, there are plenty of aspiring athletes desperate to wrestle professionally in front of a stadium’s worth of admiring fans.

A lot of boys, girls and even men and women dream of lifting up the WWE World Championship, but for many, that dream remains a fantasy. It takes a lot to make it to WWE, the undisputed monopoly in the wrestling industry. It takes guts, strength, determination as well as the usual blood, sweat and tears to make it to the top, but there’s another deciding factor that doesn’t get spoken far often enough: money.

As much as the WWE wants to present that anyone, regardless of background, can be a star in their promotion, there is a huge financial speedbump that potential wrestlers need to navigate over. Here are some of the financial implications of being a WWE star.

The Cost of Travel

Even if you’re one of the lucky few individuals that makes it to the WWE, there’s a still potential financial challenge you’d have to overcome. The main one is that the WWE only pay your wage and for your flights from A to B, leaving you to not only organize but also finance your own road transport, hotels, and other such expenses.

With WWE superstars touring continuously, these expenses are a constant cost affecting the money each superstar takes home. If you’re not one of the top sporting stars, whose popularity has been analyzed on Cash Lady, you won’t be earning much over $100,000 a year, with much of that significantly cut away by these expenses. However, if you love wrestling, it’s still a worthwhile profession to pursue where the ultimate prize is fame, pedigree and glory.

The Cost of Training

The funds involved in professional wrestling training has the potential to halt a lot of people’s progress before they’ve started. Wrestling is a specialist discipline and requires a lot of training for an individual to master, or at least perform the moves safely. The WWE have their own training facilities known as the performance center, where you get paid to learn, but to even get there you need to have a more than a fundamental understanding of the basics of wrestling. To get those basics, you need to find your own training schools or camps, and each one has their own costs.

Some wrestlers can start working matches after just a few months of training if they’re a good learner, but for the majority of people, it takes around 2 years to be deemed good enough to wrestle low-level matches on the independent scene. Some of the most popular wrestlers in WWE today started out learning in schools, such as Becky Lynch and Finn Balor, demonstrating how important this education is.

Most schools cost at their lowest, around $1500 a month to attend, making a two-year course a staggering $36,000, and these are for the cheaper, budget schools. However, this experience is essential, as to wrestle in the WWE you need five years prior experience, demonstrating that even getting into wrestling is a substantial financial investment.

The Cost of Gyms

Furthermore, there are additional startup costs when embarking on your wrestling career. The majority of the athletes in the WWE are at peak physical condition, and even the bigger, more bulky looking competitors still have elite level conditioning. This shows that it’s essential for aspiring wrestlers to maintain a high level of fitness, most easily achieved at the gym. Gyms memberships are an additional, but also a necessary cost that can add a significant financial strain to those starting out. Memberships prices range, but the average in America is $50 a month, adding up to $600 a year, on just making sure you look good.