AJ Styles was on Wrestling Observer radio this week and noted that he’s already made more money this year than he would have for the entire year of 2014 under the deal that was offered to him by TNA. He also said that he will come close to the money he made in 2013. Styles made around $350,000 on his last TNA deal. The deal offered for 2014 would have paid him based on dates worked and would have been worth just over $200,000. That’s the deal he turned down. On the independent circuit, the promotion pays for the wrestlers hotel and they provide someone to take care of transportation and you keep most or all of your merchandise money.
TNA doesn’t cover road expenses and wrestlers only get a small percentage of merchandise money.