TNA Shuts Down Kong Pay Rise Request

She may have been awarded the TNA Knockouts Championship recently, but Awesome Kong also received something a little less pleasant from TNA management – a telling off. Kong was put in her place by management when she requested a pay rise in the terms of her new contract, after her previous year-long contract expired in October.

Many of the Knockouts signed their deals in October 2007 when TNA launched it’s women’s division, the girls were signed to one year contracts. It’s no secret that the Knockouts are likely the least well-paid stars in TNA, with the company’s top Knockout at the time, Gail Kim, earning less than $100,000 a year.

You’d think that an actual ratings draw like our Knockouts would be able to command more money, but nope – not in TNA! TNA is in a very precarious position that I don’t think that they or any other wrestling company wants to be in: women as your top ratings draw. Good for us, because we love Divas and Knockouts but not good in the world of this male-dominated sport. WWE can justify paying it’s Divas less as the stars they book as top-tier talent are top-tier talent and draw higher ratings than the Divas. However that role is reversed in TNA with stars like Kurt Angle and Sting drawing less than the likes of Kong and the Beautiful People. Obviously the Knockouts are what the TNA viewers want to see and it’s time that they realised that rather than use this old school mentality that men are the draws when they are obviously not in TNA’s case. If I were a Knockout, I’d round up the others and stage a coup… just saying.

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  • Rebecca

    Kong deserves to be the biggest paid Knockout in the Division. No matter what ANYONE says. THe division would be NOTHING without Kong. If we didn’t have those amazing Kong/Gail/ODB matches when the division first started up, the division wouldn’t have been taken seriously.

    Kong is a better Heel than most MEN in TNA. They need to show her some respect.

    They need to show all their girls some respect. TNA needs to stop being sexist and realise where their ratings come from ;).

  • marco

    they really need to give her respect
    she deserves a pay rise!
    shes probably one of the biggest assets to the knockouts division
    without kong they would have no taylor no gail (well they already have no gail) and many other knockouts

  • Luis

    she deserves respect
    just like some of the other knockouts in TNA
    for thier hard work and for changing the face of the womens division =]

  • John

    With the treatment (or should I say mistreatment) of former TNA Knockout Gail Kim in mid August this does not surprise me at all. Kong has been the mainstay of the TNA Wrestling women”s Division and as such she should be treated fairly, and this is not fairness, but then after their treatment of Gail Kim am I surprised?

  • Lee

    equal pay for equal work.

  • Jane

    yea Kong and Gail get payed shit yet Nash,Angle and Sting are paid close to 6 digits or so.
    They need to organize their payroll

  • Anthony

    I would leave TNA in a second if i were would bother me to know that Eve Torres made 250,000 doing absolutely nothing at all