The info in the Revival thread about Vince offering them $900k/year each got me thinking...
...just how much $$$ do you think AEW has cost Vince? Has anyone done any kinda research or data collection on it?
I mean, WWE just signed Edge to $3 million/year. He was always gonna get big $$$, but it's a good bet that he leveraged talking to AEW into getting Vince to offer more than he may otherwise have. AJ said he always wanted to stay in WWE, but you gotta think Vince ponied more to keep him, just in case. And there's no way Randy Orton didn't play teasing AEW into a bigger payday.
Not to mention everyone else that got signed / extended contracts just to keep them from going to the competition. I mean, Gallows & Anderson got $700k/year each FFS.
Now, WWE is making more via NXT getting broadcast on USA. However, when that switch was made, I remember hearing that all NXT contracts were converted into main roster contracts.
(Though to be fair, I don't know what that actually means. By some accounts, Kairi Sane is still only making $60k/year, and she's a main roster women's tag champ.)
That said, you would have to balance out the extra USA network $$$ against any revenue lost due to decreased network subscriptions since people don't need it to watch NXT, anymore.