"This is called show business, not show friends".
"The only things that are real in this business are the money and the miles".
The above quotes are attributed to Scott Hall and Kevin Nash respectively, dedicated as they were to taking as much as they could from an industry they believed was taking even more from them. Both statements carried additional poignancy when the pair left WWE for WCW in 1996.
Offered almighty Turner contracts after grinding their bodies to dust for diminutive dollars during lean years with Vince McMahon, the pair felt entitled to make bank they'd only heard stories about from the hangers-on still lingering after the boom period. Hall and Nash's shift south would trigger a chain of events that created wrestling's second summer.
The industry had long been a capitalistic hotbed despite the loose socialism at play during the territories era Vince McMahon systematically destroyed during the 1980s. Wise performers got in to get out, lured by the promise of unthinkable fortunes if they made it to the upper tier. The collected competitive drive often fueled the industry's engine just as much as a sound creative vision, allowing everybody to reap the rewards of exponential success.
Huge attendances, viewing figures, buyrates and paydays still remain the motivators for most performers these days, despite empty platitudes and forced gratitude espoused by the current main roster. Fans can see, smell and sense the money - wrestlers actually get to earn it.