Matt Hardy revealed how much money he made during his early days in WWE.
Long before he became Big Money Matt, Matt Hardy was a young man looking to make his way in professional wrestling alongside his brother Jeff. The brothers began working for the then-WWF while they were both teenagers, and after years of performing as jobbers, signed full time contracts with the company in 1998.
Speaking on his Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, the elder Hardy brother revealed the money he and Jeff made during their initial WWE contract. While it wouldn’t compare to their earnings in later years, it was a huge step for the brothers from North Carolina.
“Yes, our developmental bills, initially in the beginning were $300 a week and then you would get $300 If you wrestled a match. That was our developmental deal, and we’d signed it for three years initially. So just considering that we’re getting $300 every single week coming to our house, we were ecstatic as you can imagine, I mean, those contracts, they were the smallest contracts, obviously there but like we were just excited to get our feet in the water.”
The Hardy Boyz went on to become multi-time tag team champions across multiple promotions including WWE, TNA, and ROH.
In the wake of Jeff Hardy’s recent arrest and suspension from AEW, Matt Hardy spoke about the current tough times he’s facing in his own career as the two had just reunited in AEW months prior and were rumored to be winning the AEW Tag Team Championships from Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus.
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