Everyone loves a peek behind the curtain at how wrestling works. Lucky for us, Cody Rhodes recently provided one for All Elite Wrestling. During his appearance on AEW Unrestricted, Rhodes revealed how the AEW contract system works.
While discussing whether or not Red Velvet is under contract, Rhodes went into detail about the different tiers of contracts in the company. Here is the quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“‘Agreed to appear’ is tier zero, meaning you will get a bonus, and Tony is super generous. If you ask some of these extras what they’re making down there…my dad would’ve lost it. It’s the COVID era, they have no other work because there are no Indies. Tier zero is a signing bonus and exclusivity to us in terms of, we get a first option on you and we guarantee you X amount of dates. The exclusivity is case by case. The goal is, you don’t want to pay someone who has agreed to appear and keep giving them their weekly versus tier one, which is our base contract agreement. We have tier one, two, three, four, and tier Jericho. Everyone is given a choice of things that are important to them, different pieces of the pie.”
So if you ever had any doubts about Chris Jericho having the best contract in AEW, now you know. Now that Cody Rhodes has made this reveal, feel free to debate which wrestlers fit into which tiers.