World Wrestling Entertainment has a stranglehold on the professional wrestling (or sports entertainment, if you prefer) market in the United States. Other competitors have tried to take them down, but WCW is the only one that came close. These days, WWE is a global brand that is worth more than a billion dollars and Vince McMahon is at the helm with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion.
Of course, that number has fluctuated a lot over recent years with stocks going up and down depending on how the WWE Network is doing. Things appear to be stable right now, and with the upcoming brand split and live SmackDown, you can expect higher ratings and more money for the WWE and its stars.
Contract details aren’t always available in WWE since the talent is made up of independent contractors and there’s obviously not a salary cap in the organization like there is in the NFL, so you have to rely on inner sources. These sources might not always be right, but stockholders will be privy to the information since they are invested in the company. But which of the wrestlers on the WWE roster are worth the most money and how much are they making these days?
Here are the 20 richest stars in the WWE and we only wanted to include current wrestlers that are at least present and putting on matches on a part-time basis. This means that Stone Cold, Hulk Hogan and others that would normally be on the list are not present this time around. We’ll also let you know how much they are making each year and what to expect in the future.
20 Kofi Kingston ($3 Million)
19 Dolph Ziggler ($3 Million)
18 D-Von Dudley ($3.5 Million)
17 Nikki Bella ($1.5-$4 Million)
One half of The Bella Twins, Nikki is actually the rich one out of the two according to reports. Bella (who is on a break now after a neck injury) has a contract that pays her $22,000 more per year than her sister, who has recently left the company, and includes first class travel accommodations. She’s the highest paid female wrestler on the roster by a longshot these days, and has been able to pad her net worth thanks to her starring role on the reality show Total Divas and her upcoming spin-off Total Bellas.
16 Seth Rollins ($4 Million)
The reports are that Seth Rollins is on a contract that pays him just north of $310,000 per year for the next three years. However, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion is worth an estimated $4 million after pulling in $2.4 million in the past year alone. A lot of that had to do with exposure from being the champion, making appearances and selling an awful lot of merchandise since he’s a fan favorite despite being a heel. Rollins just returned from injury and you can expect his value to go up even more.
15 Mark Henry ($4.5 Million)
14 The Miz ($5 Million)
13 Roman Reigns ($5.5 Million)
12 Alberto Del Rio ($6 Million)
11 Bubba Ray Dudley ($6.5 Million)
10 Sheamus ($7 Million)
9 Kane ($7 Million)
8 Randy Orton ($15.5 Million)
7 The Undertaker ($16 Million)
6 Brock Lesnar ($16 Million)
5 Chris Jericho ($18 Million)
4 Big Show ($20 Million)
3 Triple H ($25 Million)
2 John Cena ($35 Million)
1 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($135 Million)
I wasn’t sure whether or not to include The Rock, since he has only had one match in the past two years (that lasted for a few seconds), but that’s still more matches in 2016 than Seth Rollins, John Cena and Randy Orton. Plus there’s a chance that The Rock will be back for a few more matches once his movie schedule lightens up. Speaking of movies, that’s obviously how The Rock has made most of his money, but he still gets paid big time just for showing up and talking at WWE events. His net worth these days is estimated to be $135 million, a number that will be nearly impossible for any wrestler to match.
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