Kurt Angle Says He Was Paid $1 Million Dollars In His First Year in WWE
On a current episode of his podcast The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic gold medalist spoke about his rookie 12 months in WWE spanning from 1999 to 2000. Angle spoke concerning the amount of cash he was assured on his first contract, saying he massively surpassed that in his first 12 months.
“My guarantee was $75,000,” Angle mentioned. “I went nicely over that. What I used to be shocked about and I promised JR this once I signed that first contract, he mentioned ‘You’re going to get $75,000 a 12 months for five years.’ I signed the contract and mentioned ‘Don’t fear about it as a result of I’m going to make 1,000,000 in my first 12 months.’
“I did, I did make a million which I’m really proud of. I wasn’t expecting to make a million dollars my first year in the business, especially not having any merchandise, I got paid to wrestle and got paid very well to do it. Making a million dollars a year without any kind of merchandise, I made maybe $30,000/$40,000 with merchandise but I made a lot of money wrestling. I did exceed the goal that I told JR I would do.”
Angle spoke about SummerSlam 2000 being the most important payday he obtained that 12 months and in his profession outdoors of WrestleMania. On that night time, Angle confronted Triple H and The Rock in the primary occasion for the WWE Championship in a match that noticed him get knocked out as a consequence of a defective announce desk breaking on a pedigree from Triple H.
“That was my biggest payday,” Angle mentioned. “I believe I got $75,000 for that, which I don’t really talk about my numbers much. That was a big payday for me, especially a non WrestleMania payday, very seldom does someone get $75,000 for a pay per view outside of WrestleMania. As far as numbers, you don’t see $75,000 with other pay per views [outside of WrestleMania.]”
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