Former boxer Anthony Ogogo has discussed his AEW contract, revealing that he took a “massive pay cut” when signing with the promotion.
Ogogo was promoted as AEW’s first developmental talent upon joining in 2019. Ogogo has confirmed that his developmental status meant a developmental pay-check.
Speaking on Wrestling Inc Daily before Double or Nothing, the Olympic bronze medallist admitted that he sacrificed money to become an AEW name.
Claiming that he’s a quick learner, Ogogo said:
“I’m not even on a tier. I took a pay cut to do this. That’s how much I wanted to do this. I took a massive pay cut to do this. I’m on a developmental contract. I might be their first developmental wrestler. As it happened, I just developed a hell of a lot quicker than anyone thought I’d develop.
“The development is over on Sunday when I pin Cody to the mat, 1-2-3. Actually, I’m not going to pin him. I’m going to spark him out. I’m going to knock his block off. When he’s rendered unconscious, that’s when my development ends.”
While it seems Ogogo has a promising future in wrestling, he wouldn’t be a great fortune-teller. At Double or Nothing, Cody Rhodes pinned Ogogo in just under 11 minutes.
Ogogo and QT Marshall will team up to face Rhodes and Lee Johnson on AEW Dynamite. Also on Friday, Dustin Rhodes and Nick Comoroto will do battle in a Bullrope match.