Heads up to Jay Hunter @OSWreview for bringing this up on Twitter earlier. I never knew things at WWE were getting this bad. ( Cough! Last year’s cuts in the links below, but has it gotten even worse this year? )
Wrestlezone gives a good broad strokes of what recent budget cuts mean for the WWE production crew.
Things are looking pretty grim for WWE’s production and ring crew. They already have a brutal schedule of little to no sleep sometimes but now they are expected to pay for all travel and accommodations themselves. According to this account on Reddit, a typical production crew member’s salary is from $40,000 to $75,000. https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/28iq5s/the_wwe_production_crew_issue_why_its_important/
When you factor in the amount of travel the WWE does, it paints a pretty awful picture for the production crew. How could it be even viable to remain in a job with expenses that could easily eat up half your annual salary?
I used to think working for the WWF/WWE would be a dream job when I was a kid, but the more you learn, the more it sounds like a truly awful place to work. I hope they come to their senses on this and give the crew what they deserve. Cutting corners on production like this is definitely not best for business.