Matt Hardy Reveals Just How Much He Made Joining TNA

Matt Hardy in a bath of money

Matt Hardy has revealed his starting salary when he first joined TNA.

Hardy would be released from his contract in October 2010 following a lengthy run with the company that was only briefly interrupted by a short absence in 2005.

Waiting out the 90-day no-compete clause following the departure, Hardy would find his new home in TNA, debuting as a surprise opponent against Rob Van Dam at the Genesis pay-per-view. Hardy would win his debut match for the promotion.

With the Nashville-founded company being significantly smaller than its Stamford-based rival, wrestlers who joined the promotion would be paid less than what they were making being a part of Raw or SmackDown.

Speaking on the Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Hardy revealed the length of his first contract and how much he was making, adding that extra income could be obtained by working other dates:

I signed for three years when I first signed with TNA. It was a three-year deal. It was good. It was really good. It also allowed me to do outside things. It was a really good deal. I think it was around $300,000, and you could do stuff outside of wrestling as well. It was upwards of $300,000. It gained a little bit each year.”

Hardy was seen on Impact until June 2011 when he was suspended for a DUI. It was announced that Hardy was released from the promotion in August of that year.

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Now a part of AEW with his brother Jeff, The Hardys join some of the best tag teams in wrestling including FTR, The Lucha Bros and The Young Bucks. Having previously faced Matt and Nick Jackson in a ladder match in Ring of Honor, Hardy has stated that he wants to have at least one more ladder match with The Elite members.

H/t to Fightful