Professional wrestlers need a serious passion for the business in order to be willing to put their bodies on the line. It takes years of training and preparation to even get a shot in the business, and the wrestlers undertaking those challenges need a whole lot more to inspire them than simply getting paid at the end of it. However, getting paid is pretty darned important, so occasionally it became an issue even after they seemingly were getting to live their dreams.
The amount of money wrestlers get paid has been placed in the spotlight recently with mounting health concerns leaving wrestling fans curious how the talent is able to pay for all their medical bills. On top of that, it’s increasingly becoming public knowledge that while some wrestlers are compensated extremely well for their work, others are struggling to afford travel from one Raw to the next. Some wrestlers have taken to management and asked for more money, but that usually results in Vince McMahon showing them the door. Others didn’t even care for it to get that far, walking out on their own once their financial demands weren’t met. Keep reading to learn about 15 wrestlers who quit WWE over money issues.
15 The Rock - Paid More By Hollywood
14 Batista - False Promises and Movie Money
13 James Storm - TNA Paid More
12 Carlito Caribbean Cool - Not Enough Money To Rejoin His Family
11 The Ultimate Warrior - Told To Take His Money and Get Out
10 Nailz - Thought Money Was Worth Fighting For
9 Hulk Hogan - Left For WCW
8 Kevin Nash - Master of Contract Negotiations
7 Scott Hall - Followed His Friends
6 Bret Hart - Vince Couldn't Pay Him, So He Screwed Him
5 Tyler Reks - Wasn't Making Enough To Travel
4 CM Punk - WWE Network Pay
3 AJ Lee - Spoke Out For Women
2 Ryback - Pay Me More
1 Randy Savage - WCW Paid Him To Do What He Wanted To
Randy Savage has the same story as about half the wrestlers on this list, the only difference being he and the McMahon’s never quite made up in full prior to his unfortunate early death in 2011. Savage was one of the top WWE superstars of the 80’s and early 90’s, but Vince McMahon was trying to create a “new generation” of superstars and move Savage to the announce booth in 1994. The decreased workload also included a pay-cut, and Savage wanted no part of either demotion, preferring to keep appearing in main events and being paid like a main eventer. In part due to financial inabilities and in part due to being steadfast in his decision to change with the times, Vince and Savage couldn’t come to terms on a new contract, and he left WWE in 1994 to go to WCW, where he was promised more screen-time, and more importantly, higher pay.
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