A list of WWE Superstar's salaries (correct as of mid-2018) has been released and Vince McMahon is paying out an awful lot of money to his part-time stars.
In most major sports it is common knowledge how much the top athletes are earning. The contracts they sign usually make big news, probably because of how much they're worth. That is not often the case in pro wrestling. While we can guess who is earning more than someone else, for the most part, we aren't normally privy to exactly how much the men and women of the business take home each year.
Thanks to a recent report from The Mirror, we have been given a little insight into what some of WWE's Superstars are currently earning. Or at least what they were earning as of midway through 2018. While it isn't really a shock that Brock Lesnar and John Cena occupy numbers one and two on the list, how much the two of them earn is pretty eye-opening considering they both work part-time for WWE these days.
Not only is The Beast raking in an astounding $12 million a year, but he also gets $500,000 every time he appears in the main event. Even without his added extras, Lesnar earns $3.5 million more than second-placed Cena. Roman Reigns comes in at number three with a $5 million contract, while Randy Orton and AJ Styles round off the top five, earning $4.5 million and $3.5 million respectively.
Meanwhile, on the female side of things, Ronda Rousey is far and away WWE's top earner. The former UFC star has a $1.5 million contract. That's almost three times more than the next Superstar on the list Charlotte Flair who makes $550,000 per year. What is absolutely criminal is Becky Lynch's yearly wage. The Man earns $250,000 a year. Admittedly that number is from before her recent meteoric rise, but it is still only a sixth of what Rousey takes home.
There are a fair few other notable numbers on the extensive list of salaries. Triple H and The Undertaker are both still on $2.5 million contracts. Jinder Mahal makes $900,000. Meanwhile, if the figures are correct and Dean Ambrose does leave WWE this April, he will be turning his back on $2 million a year. Further proof that The Lunatic is leaving for creative reasons and not monetary ones.