Triple H has revealed just how much money WWE Superstars make when they move to Raw or SmackDown.
During WrestleMania week WWE held their latest round of try-outs. In keeping with recent events, the try-outs were exclusive to recently graduated college athletes.
The latest round of trials were profiled by The Athletic, who spoke to a number of people who were involved from WWE and the participants themselves. From the WWE side, The Athletic spoke to Executives Triple H and James Kimball.
Interestingly, in the profile, Triple H lifted the lid on the minimum amount that Superstars can expect to make when they are called up to the main roster.
“Levesque [Triple H] said wrestlers on the main roster for “Raw” or “SmackDown” earn at least $250,000 annually.”
The WWE Hall of Famer also commented on WWE’s recent commitment to signing former college athletes from a variety of different sports.
WWE recently launched what they called their “Next In Line” program which will seek to create a pathway between collegiate sports and the sports entertainment giant. Back in December, WWE signed 15 athletes fitting this profile to NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) deals.
The first athlete signed to a NIL deal by the company was Gable Steveson, who recently stepped into a WWE ring for the first time at WrestleMania 38.
The former World Champion explained that by targeting athletes with this profile, it gives WWE access to an “ocean” sized talent pool.
“You change the direction of their intensity and their focus, that becomes this massive ocean of talent for us, not a tiny pond. In the beginning, it was a puddle. Now it opens up massively, and we’re getting there. You look at all the kids in college football that didn’t get to the NFL, what’s the difference between the ones that made it and the ones that didn’t? Not much. You go past that, you look at a hammer thrower. After college, what are the job opportunities for a hammer thrower? Or a woman that is an amazing track star? Coaching?”
Triple H recently announced his retirement from in-ring action after a health scare back in September 2021. The star later opened night two of WrestleMania 38 where he left his boots in the ring, signifying the end of his career.