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Maven Reveals How Much He Got Paid For SmackDown!: Shut Your Mouth

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Maven is back with another one of his YouTube videos.

In this week’s vlog, the former WWE Tough Enough winner discussed the royalties he received from the WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth video game, which was featured on PS2 at the time.

You can check out some highlights from the vlog below:

On his royalties for SmackDown!: Shut Your Mouth: “So, my royalty payments were anywhere from, at the time, between $2,000-$7,000 every quarter. This would be a determinant of your positioning on the show. Obviously, The Rock, Chris Jericho, Trish Stratus, Stacy Keibler, Undertaker, they were higher up in the company so they were making a ton more and it would obviously depend on how the video game sold. Was it selling good? Was it flying off the shelves? If so, you were making more money for royalty payments. Video games accounted for roughly 20% of [his royalty payments]. So, if I made $2,000 in royalties, I might make $400 of that because of the video games.”

On getting paid to have his likeness used: “That first scan, that very first time they take you off, when they’re in essence buying your rights, that’s the check you want, and that’s a check that I still wish I was getting today. I didn’t make $10,000. I didn’t make $20,000. They paid me $30,000. That was the royalty payment I got for being scanned into the video game. I saw one of the biggest checks I had ever seen with my name on it.”

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