WWE has employed a lot of famous people, even behind the scenes. Freddie Prinze Jr worked as a writer for a couple of years, but he was paid in a very interesting way.
While speaking on his podcast, Wrestling With Freddie, Prinze Jr revealed that WWE wouldn’t budge on their number when it came to compensation. Instead of taking actual dough, the Scooby-Doo star opted to take his payment in comedy stock.
“They sent me a contract, and I don’t want to throw out exact numbers because I don’t know if their business is public or not. So we’ll say it was $250,000 to write for them and it wasn’t a number that they were going to budge. And so I said, ‘You can keep all that money and give me stock. I’ll just take stock in the company and bet on myself, right?’ Because I was just dumb, and against my manager’s advice, that’s what I did and signed the contract,” Prinze Jr. stated. “And the deal was for me to travel to every single Monday Night RAW and every single — shot on Tuesday but airing on Thursday was the day of SmackDown back then — so we would shoot RAW and SmackDown and I would be at all of those tapings and be in the office every single week.”
Depending on if and when Prinze Jr sold that stock, he might have made some money. Stock in Vince McMahon’s company certainly isn’t what it was a few years ago when it was around $100 a share.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote
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