Following on from yesterday’s announcement of the new ‘Salary Caps’ for Universe Mode, Monday Night RAW has released their brand’s salary for their roster. Each brand has been allocated a total of $10m to use to sign talent to their roster. General Manager’s are not restricted on how many superstars they may sign, but are restricted on signing superstars too far below their market value.
Each superstar has been given a market value. This value represents their current worth and may fluctuate depending on their current performances and their perception from the WWE Universe Mode audience. General Manager’s may only sign superstars for 25% less than their market value, however they may sign a superstar above their market value to any amount. The minimum amount for a contract must be $50,000 and brands are not restricted on the maximum amount for a contract.
When a contract expires, the amount that the contract was worth will now be usable by General Manager’s to sign a new contract. The salary cap is considered to be a ‘Rolling’ style, which means that the budget will continuously update when a change to a contract is available and there is no set amount that can be spent for the year, but rather a set amount in total that will be changed when required. For example, Dolph Ziggler has a contract worth $500,000 and expires at Payback. Once the Payback PPV has concluded, that $500,000 contract is no longer apart of RAW’s budget and can now be spent on another superstar immediately. If RAW had $100,000 available in their salary cap before Payback, they would now have $600,000 available after Payback.
The following graphic lists all of the current contracted superstars to the RAW roster and their current contract values:
With these contracts currently signed, it leaves Monday Night RAW only $101,750 available in their salary cap. This leaves RAW enough room to sign a free agent but will struggle to make a big name signing if it becomes available in the future. The Money in the Bank PPV is the closest date to when a contract expires for Monday Night RAW with names such as: R-Truth, Goldust, Tyson Kidd and Zack Ryder all looking to reconfirm their home going forward.
Smackdown is in their final stages of finalizing their roster and it will be announced soon on BrendenPlayz. Which superstars are RAW currently over paying or underpaying in your opinion? Should RAW look to resign their upcoming off contract superstars or look to the free agency for their answers? These are the big questions that will be answered in the coming months of Universe Mode.