The Salary Cap for Universe Mode is now in full effect with major changes happening to the brands as soon as the Payback PPV. Monday Night RAW released their official roster and Salary Cap earlier in the week, now it’s Smackdown’s turn.
Smackdown’s General Manager has compiled a roster of superstar that stretches its salary cap to it’s absolute limit. Only $29,000 has been left in the cap to use to further improve their roster in the future. However, the big money contract of Shawn Michaels ($400,000) is set to expire at Payback which could leave the brand with plenty of room for new signees.
With their loaded roster, they have managed to compile two extra names to the blue brand in the process. Giving Smackdown the edge over RAW in roster depth. However, the continued question of the quality of superstars available on Smackdown remains in play.
Monday Night in the past month of Universe Mode has seen their roster increase from a total value of $9,386,800 to a new total of $10,000.750. This is an increase of $613,950 to the overall value of their roster. Their excellent roster value also means that RAW GM Christian has managed to negotiate a roster worth $102,500 more than what RAW is currently paying for. On the contrary, Smackdown saw only a value increase of $4,000 from last month to this month. Which leaves them at a total value of $9,686,500 for their roster which is a large $284,500 below their rosters expenses. This data means that Smackdown General Manager Edge is paying $284,500 more than what his superstars are currently worth. The biggest example of this has been through the huge contract that Roman Reigns received at the draft, in which he is being paid $125,000 over his market value.
Could these risky decisions payoff for Smackdown in the future? Only time will tell, but the pressure is on Smackdown quickly with RAW having a considerably stronger roster at this stage in terms of value.
The following showcases the current contracts on Smackdown and its rostered superstars.
Brock Lesnar currently remains Smackdown’s highest paid superstar with a large sum of $750,000 allocated to the former two time world champion. Current champion Finn Balor earned a huge pay increase after the draft, now scoring a contract worth $625,000. The next major round of contract expiries will occur at the Money in the Bank PPV, with names such as Big Show, Fandango, Heath Slater, Curt Hawkins, Curtis Axel and many more all coming off contract.
Smackdown took a number of big risks at the draft, will their investments pay off in the future? Find out in the coming episodes of Universe Mode on BrendenPlayz.