Stephanie McMahon furious over AJ Lee equal pay Tweet
@StephMcMahon Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise & have starred in the highest rated segment of the show several times,— A.J. (@WWEAJLee) February 25, 2015
Even though she's angry she cannot punish AJ in any way, as it would be terrible for PR. Vince reportedly told her to take it on the chin and think of the bigger picture.
It is absolutely true that the female wrestlers on WWE TV make far less than the men. However in NXT there is more of an equal wage between all talents, with some women making more than the men because they were coaxed through modelling agencies, while indy wrestlers signed up regardless of what they were offered because they had the passion.
While the Divas merch sales don't compare to most of the men's, AJ has done particularly well in that regard. Rating's wise Divas have never had the highest rated segments in terms of matches.