It’s been called a “Revolutionary Change”, introducing the new Salary Cap for WWE Universe Mode. For three seasons, brands were able to sign and select talent from all across the globe and from the NXT roster at an uncapped price of their choosing. Viewers were kept in the dark in regards to these signings and how much was being paid to have these talents on their roster. Today, marks a change that will forever impact Universe Mode’s rosters forever.
Introducing the ‘Salary Cap’. RAW, Smackdown and NXT will now be restricted on how much they can spend to sign superstars on their roster. Each brand will be given $10 million to spend and their roster must not exceed that amount at any time, or major fines for salary breaches will occur. NXT has also been restricted to $5 million, putting the pressure on finding the right talent and for the right price for the NXT General Manager.
With this change, contract lengths will now come into effect. Superstars contracts can now end, forcing general manager’s to resign their talent or allow them to go to the ‘Free Agency’ market. If a superstar is on the Free Agency, any brand (including NXT) may sign that superstar to a contract to compete on their brand. A contract can be any length up to the maximum length of one year.
If a superstar is no longer on a brand, that brand will be allowed to use those funds from an expired contract to sign talent elsewhere. Whether it be a bidding war with the other brand or a free agent. For NXT superstars, superstars will become eligible for a main roster promotion if the NXT General Manager signs off on it. That superstar will then be transferred into the Free Agency market and will be eligible to be signed to either RAW or Smackdown. A new contract will be signed and the existing NXT contract will be no longer be valid.
Women are excluded from salary caps due to no brand exclusivity of their division.
With this change, expect to see a major shakeup to both rosters in the future. General Manager’s will have to make the tough decisions when it comes to contracts, how much can they afford to spend? Do they see value in that superstar? These are the questions that need to be answered and it could be a difference maker in determining where a talent will find their home.
More on this story as it develops.