Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
According to reports, WWE is telling their talent that new contracts will include substantial pay increases after the new TV deals start later this year. Several Superstars have already been told that their new contracts will be “way up” once SmackDown! Live moves to the FOX Network and the new RAW/USA Network deal begins in October of this year.
The reason for the increase is that with the business changing from a house show/live event and pay-per-view-driven business to a TV rights-driven profit model, the old ways no longer make sense. There has been discussion of the contracts being more of a typical sports-style contract where you are signed for a regular figure and anything you earn above that is a bonus or contracted merchandise percentage.