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Posted by Marc Middleton in WWE News
Thursday, August 28th, 2008

– PWTorch is reporting that the primary reason has left TNA for WWE is the significant discrepancy between what TNA offered her and what WWE offered her. It sounds like it’s hardly news, as she obviously went with the “better offer.” What has become clear this week from multiple sources is that Kim did not want to leave TNA, but she felt she had no choice based on the massive difference between the two offers.

TNA’s offer, well under 100,000 per year in the form of a soft guarantee (based on a target number of matches, but paid per match) was less than one-third of the offer WWE presented, a six-figure downside with three years offered. There is potential to earn significantly more than the downside. TNA’s offer was less than three years (one source believes just one year). Kim still had to be talked into leaving by friends as she had a strong sense of loyalty and contentment with her situation in TNA. She loved the company and her friends there, but she couldn’t justify not taking the much better offer.

One friends says she really had no choice, she had to opt for the financial security the WWE offer provided. Another source in TNA, disappointed in her decision, said she chose to be unhappy for more money rather than remain happy and loyal and stick with the smaller company that made her a star.

There was a real void backstage at TNA this week as Kim’s friends couldn’t believe she was gone, especially since she left without saying goodbye. Her departure was rather sudden and unexpected, but when she was given a supposedly final offer by TNA that was deemed to be “insulting” and “possibly sexist” by one friend with knowledge of the lowball offer, she couldn’t risk getting hurt or being jobbed out once her decision was made.


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