Why Aren't Former Stars Returning To The WWE?

There seems to be a misconception that the best way to earn money in professional wrestling is by joining the WWE. While that might be true for the John Cenas and Randy Ortons of the world, what about a midcarder like Ryback? Well, according to Wrestling Observer Radio, he's making more money outside the WWE and is also working less days.

Dave Meltzer said that many former WWE stars aren't returning because they'll make more on their own, with Tommy Dreamer being a recent example. For example, Ryback is able to (reportedly) charge $4,500 per appearance, which is pretty darn good. According to the same report, Ryback realized that some TNA wrestlers are making more than WWE wrestlers and are they're also working less dates, which led to him leaving the company.

No wonder we're only getting Jinder Mahal and Curt Hawkins during this brand split.

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