WWE is a dream destination for anyone with the slightest prospects of entertaining the wrestling business. The company has the biggest stage and inspired us all into watching the sport but the most important factor is it pays the best money. WWE is the only place you can make seven figures as a main eventer and should be guaranteed six figures if you're on regular television. The company runs so many shows with fans consuming content in various ways. There are the televised shows, the weekend house show loops, merchandise, the WWE Network and many other forums that allow a performer to make a happy living.
The money is well deserved since wrestlers have one of the more difficult jobs in all of entertainment. It combines the athletic risks of sports with the pressure of performing on the level of an actor in front of a live audience waiting to eat you alive if you make a mistake. The wrestlers absolutely earn their salaries with the travel, work ethic and sacrifice that are required to put into the job. Talents barely get to see their friends and family due to television dates on Monday and Tuesday along with house shows typically on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
While most of the WWE wrestlers are well taken care of, only a select few make the money they dream of when entering the company. The hopes of becoming a millionaire is what everyone wants but it takes a lot of success and time to happen. As you’ll see, the top paid talents are typically the main event players and stars that have been in the main event picture in the past for quite some time. The bonuses of title reigns, PPV main events and merchandise sales add to the overall numbers in addition to the salary. We’re going to dig deep into the company’s numbers to find out the top fifteen highest paid wrestlers in the WWE.
15 15. Goldust - $725,000
14 14. The Miz - $870,000
13 13. Dolph Ziggler - $900,000
12 12. Mark Henry - $965,000
11 11. Sheamus - ~$1 Million
10 10. Dean Ambrose - $1.1 Million
9 9. Kane - $1.3 Million
8 8. Big Show - $1.5 Million
7 7. The Undertaker - $2 Million
6 6. Roman Reigns - $2.1 Million
5 5. Seth Rollins - $2.4 Million
4 4. Randy Orton - $2.7 Million
3 3. Triple H - $2.8 Million
2 2. Brock Lesnar - $6 Million
1 1. John Cena - $9.5 Million
It would only be fitting that the face of the WWE is the highest paid performer in the promotion. John Cena has been the biggest star in WWE since 2005 and no one has been able to top him despite over a decade passing. WWE paid Cena $9.5 million in 2016 and he didn’t even main event a single PPV. The bonuses would have made that salary even sweeter but Cena isn’t struggling for the extra money at all. WWE makes a great deal of money off of Cena’s merchandise, image and overall presence in the company. As the most polarizing and valuable wrestler in the WWE, Cena is also the richest earning nearly $10 million per year.
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