Undertaker recently appeared as a guest on the Six Feet Under podcast for an in-depth interview.
During the discussion, the WWE Hall of Fame legend reflected on making $1200/week during his time in WCW and how he tried to renegotiate his deal at the time.
Featured below are some of the highlights.
On enjoying the WCW roster during his time with the company and how he was only making $1200/week: “The meeting was to renegotiate my contract. I had asked for the meeting because my contract was coming due. I was on the standard entry-level contract, which was maybe $1200 a month. This is 1989, early 1990. It was time to renegotiate my contract. I was, at that point in my career and life, I was a WCW guy. I enjoyed that product better. Being from Houston, we didn’t get a lot of WWF until Vince [Vince McMahon] went to cable. I was more drawn to guys like Flair [Ric Flair], Arn Anderson, Rock N Roll Express, Road Warriors, and those guys. I was happy there and where I wanted to be. I wasn’t going in to ask to break the bank. I knew it was going to be my second year with the company, I just wanted a little bump in pay.”
On going in to negotiate for more money with Jim Herd and Jim Barnett: “I went in and meet with Jim Barnett, Ole Anderson, and Jim Herd. I give them my speech, ‘I love it here, I’ve learned so much this year and am really happy. My contract is coming up.’ I was at $1200, I was trying to get to $2000. I said a month earlier, it was a week. $2000 a week. I gave them my whole story and it was like crickets. It was quiet. Ole was the first one to speak and he’s like, ‘You know, kid, you’re a great athlete, but no one is ever going to see you wrestle.’”
Check out the complete interview at Patreon.com. H/T to Fightful.com for transcribing the above quotes.