$24.62 per hour.
That’s before taxes. $923.00 per week, or roughly the same amount of money that a full-time manager at Burger King makes per year. That’s less than an electrician. Less than a commercial truck driver. Less than an insurance sales agent at fucking State Farm. That’s the kind of money Jake is pulling down, Brian, so let me ask you a question– why is the HOLLYWOOD EXECUTIVE so pisspoor at business negotiations that I could make his yearly salary telling zit faced teenagers how to flip burgers? How is it that you make $48,000 a year, and Clay fucking Byrd got signed for $52K? How is Darin Zion making ten grand a year more than you, Mr. Former World Champion?
Motherfucker, we pay Benny more than we pay you.
It isn’t because there was no money left on the table, dude– budget has nearly a quarter of a million dollars left in it year-to-date. Why don’t you demand a raise? Why aren’t you smashing down Lee Best’s door right now, Executive Promising to be worth every penny? Is it because you’re a shit businessman who lucked into a mansion? Is it because you aren’t good at the art of the deal? Nah, I don’t think it’s that, Brian.
I think you know what you’re worth.
And you’re worth five dollars an hour more than Joel Hortega.
You make a thousand dollars too little to buy a 2021 BMW on a YEAR’S SALARY. And that’s just the base car, no extras! That isn’t main event money, dude. That’s not a contract that you offer to a guy in a brief slump. That contract doesn’t even reflect your current dogshit output, Brian– that’s the money you were offered as the NUMBER ONE SEED IN THE WORLD TITLE TOURNAMENT. That’s the money that Lee offered to the man who was the WORLD CHAMPION when HOW shut down in 2016. Do you understand the implications of that?
It means that my father has no faith in you.
It means that he knows you aren’t a threat to jump ship to a rival promotion, because who would give a fuck? Who would even take you? The modicum of hype you have in HOW is because my dad used to have a penguin fetish and he really likes jobber stables– I don’t see a lot of promoters banging down the door to give Brian Hollywood a run on top. It means that he knows what you are, Brian. He pays you like a midcarder, because you are one.
And you’re slowly realizing that he’s right.
That’s why you’re not renegotiating. That’s why you’re not pissed off about being low balled by HOW. That’s why you’re content with your station, Brian– because in your heart, you know it’s true. You get on the microphone and you tell the whole world that you’re finally making your big comeback, and you do this like… every other week? The fans don’t buy it. The boys don’t buy it. Lee Best certainly doesn’t buy it, and he pays you accordingly. You’re the only one who believes in you, Brian Hollywood, and even you are starting to doubt yourself. I can hear it in your promos. A little less fire every week, just going through the motions making empty promises about a return to glory.
There was never any glory.
I really can’t make it clear enough to you that your main event run wasn’t because you were “the guy”, it’s because Lee Best needed *a* guy, and you were the closest thing to one left on the roster. Jace was gone. Max was gone. I was gone, Farthington was gone, Sektor was gone. EVERYONE WAS GONE, Brian, and you can’t just have a company without a champion. That’s why you were in pay-per-view main events. That’s why you have this ill-conceived notion that you’ve ever been anywhere near main event level. You were just a guy who showed up to work, when Lee Best really just needed guys who showed up to work. And that’s why you’ll always have his respect. That’s why you’ll always have a roster spot. Because you helped keep him in business during a rough patch in HOW history. But that was then and this is now, and this Saturday, I’m gonna beat the fucking shit out of you for the last time.
It’s going to take me no more than eleven minutes.
And it’ll earn you $4.51, you fucking loser.