Pro Wrestlers have as much leverage as they have in decades from a negotiation standpoint, and Ring of Honor's Shane Taylor will see his negotiation period with the company very soon.
Taylor has become a bit of a hired gun in Ring of Honor Wrestling, Shane Taylor has found himself wrestling the likes of Cody Rhodes, Jay Lethal and several others in recent weeks. When speaking to Fightful.com, the length of his contract came into question, which Taylor quickly cleared up.
"I'm signed with Ring of Honor through the end of the year, so we have a little bit of time left before negotiation stuff starts. For me, it's all about opportunity and making sure it's the best thing for me and my family. I'm also a very loyal guy, because Ring of Honor is the first place to give me me that chance on a national and international level. They had the faith in me when no one else did. I'm going to make sure that I do everything in my power to make sure I pay them back for that, and still make sure it's the best move business-wise and creatively for myself. Without saying too much here or there, that's what determines that choice," Taylor told us.
Taylor first appeared in Ring of Honor back in 2015, in a series of dark matches. Taylor compared the contract structure and negotiation process of when he first came in to what it would eventually evolve in to.
"When you first come in, you get a per-event pay. That lasts as long as they really want it to, until they feel like you're worth investing that long-term money in, which thankfully they see in me. I'm on my second contract now. I'm going to keep putting the work in on maybe a third, maybe a fourth, maybe a fifth," said Taylor
You can keep up with some of the contracts across pro wrestling in Fightful's constantly updated contract expiration article, and hear our full interview with Taylor above. ROH will be in San Antonio and Dallas this weekend, and will stream the events on their HonorClub service.