WWE: Reports of McMahon cutting wrestler pay were largely exaggerated

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New information emanating from the WWE seems to suggest that Vince McMahon and his budget cuts may not have been quite as harsh as first anticipated, in one area at least.

WWE CEO McMahon, it was reported by The Wrestling Observer back in July, had attempted to stem the financial losses that continue to haunt the WWE by dramatically reducing the earnings of hired-in live event talent.

The Wrestling Observer reported how those independent wrestlers hired to compliment the main roster talent - ie. the guys you see playing security guards or police officers - had seen their nightly earnings cut for $250 to just $100.

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Now though it seems suggestions of Vince McMahon's tough tactics, in this instance at least, may have been exaggerated.

MetsFan4Ever, a trusted source on Reddit who has broken WWE news in the past and reportedly used to work backstage for the organization, revealed this week that the pay cuts for indy wrestlers brought in for one-off work was just $50 rather than the $150 first reported.

While still unfortunate for those taking the hit on their earnings, a reducing by just $50 is far more manageable than seeing over 50-percent of your takings cut overnight.

The Reddit source did confirm however that those wrestlers working as Adam Rose's Rosebuds were being paid $100. It is unclear whether this total was originally $250 before the cuts were made.

Budget worries

Budget cuts in the WWE have been a regular occurrence for much of 2014 with McMahon in a near constant battle to balance the books since WWE stock plummeted back in May.

After taking criticism on everything from cutting WWE crew transport and WWE Network advertisements to firing main event talent it is fair to say that McMahon has not made himself popular with the financial frugality.

At least this latest revelation therefore shows McMahon in a slightly fairer light - even if those wrestlers not part of the main talent are still out of pocket compared to this time last year.

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