In July, when Braun Strowman signed his new deal to stay with WWE it was believed to be a 4-year deal with a significant pay raise.
It was reported in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Strowman’s deal is believed to be $1.2 million per year and the 4 years have been confirmed.
This breaks the exception to the rule on downside guarantees because the top downside number that has been offered in the past was $1 million. Strowman’s deal makes him among the highest paid WWE Superstars with only a few names likely making more than him such as Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and AJ Styles.
Some wrestlers were able to negotiate higher deals because they were smarter at negotiating and they know that WWE doesn’t want wrestlers jumping to All Elite Wrestling.
Meltzer noted that the recent deals signed by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were for $700,000 per year each. They made that deal after turning down $500,000 per year and they were ready to leave the company.
The next names to look out for is Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. Last I heard is that they have not signed a new deal. Their deals are up sometime in the spring but WWE added some time to Dash Wilder’s deal because his contract was frozen when he was injured.