There are many things to consider when in comes to the wealthiest wrestlers of all time. But the most important thing is how much they’ve saved over the years. Imagine 2 decades of living in hotels, and eating out 3 times a day for 75% of the year. If you’re staying at the Marriott, and blowing hundreds of dollars on meals daily, it adds up quickly. But wait, don’t they get their expenses covered on the road? NO they do not and this is one of the biggest misconceptions in wrestling, and totally understandable when you consider that in any other sport, the travelling expenses are covered or at least partially covered. This is why some of the most successful wrestlers of all time surprisingly do not make the list. One notable omission is Hulk Hogan. He blew much of his fortune and got taken to the cleaners in a nasty divorce. They got accustomed to a lavish lifestyle, and eventually the well runs dry. A lot of them were however quite smart with their money, and also drew large sums of income from endeavours outside of the ring. Let’s take a look at the top 20 wealthiest wrestlers!
20 CM Punk – Net Worth: $7.5 Million
19 T18. Sting - Net Worth: $8 Million
18 T18. Kevin Nash – Net Worth: $8 Million
17 Rey Mysterio – Net Worth: $8.5 Million
16 JBL – Net Worth: $9 Million
This one comes as a bit of a surprise because JBL, who simply went by “Bradshaw”, spent most of his career in a tag team that wasn’t all that great. Tag Team wrestling was at its peek in terms of popularity, but the Acolytes were never in a category with the likes of The Dudley Boyz, Edge and Christian and the Hardy Boyz. Bradshaw did however hit main event status as a singles wrestler when he took on the JBL moniker, but even that was short lived due to injuries.
15 Batista - Net Worth: $10 Million
14 Goldberg - Net Worth: $12 Million
13 Brock Lesnar - Net Worth: $12.5 Million
12 T11. Edge - Net Worth: $14 Million
11 T11. Bret Hart - Net Worth: $14 Million
10 Mick Foley - Net Worth: $15 Million
9 The Undertaker - Net Worth: $16 Million
8 Shawn Michaels - Net Worth: $17 Million
In his autobiography he stated that he believes Kevin Nash accumulated more money than he did during his career, which is simply not true. But his peers, as well as the fans, have grown accustomed to Michaels’ fabrications over the years.
7 Chris Jericho - Net Worth: $17 Million
6 T5. Kurt Angle - Net Worth: $20 Million
Kurt Angle entering professional wrestling almost never came to be and actually started off with him getting a pretty meager contract, so it’s a little odd that he’s on this list.
5 T5. The Big Show - Net Worth: $20 Million
4 Triple H - Net Worth: $25 Million
Triple H is quite possibly the most effective heel of all time. I use the word effective because he actually generated so much hate from the crowd, that on multiple occasions he actually turned the wrestler he was feuding with at the time into the ultimate baby face. He’s most recently done that with Daniel Bryan. Sure, he was getting some good pops due to the “YES movement,” but the reactions only became deafening when Triple H started feuding with him.
3 John Cena - Net Worth: $35 Million
When it’s all said and done, John Cena will probably go down as the most polarizing superstar in WWE history. The cheers and boos are split right down the middle for him. Regardless of how you feel about him, he is currently the face of WWE and has made an absolute killing in the decade he’s been with the company.
2 "Stone Cold" Steve Austin - Net Worth: $45 Million
If you think Stone Cold made a lot of money, GIMME A HELL YEAH.
Many wrestling experts (including Vince McMahon himself) maintain that the reason the “Stone Cold” gimmick was so successful was because he was everything the common man wanted to be. Think about it, CM Punk became the ultimate face last year because he’d march up to his boss and verbally tear him a new one every single week. Every average Joe would love to rip their boss to shreds. Austin’s gimmick was similar but amplified tenfold as he’d actually get to assault his boss and slam a 12 pack in the process. On special occasions he’d even get to drive a monster truck, beer truck or even a zamboni en route to layin’ a whooping on “the man.”
1 The Rock - Net Worth: $125 Million
The Rock went through some difficult times, and did a lot of soul searching in his life. In his autobiography he stated that at one point when he was on the practice squad of the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, he had as little as $7 in the bank. He would sneak into team meetings with the actual starting squad because they would offer free sandwiches, otherwise he would not eat. His lowest point was when he found a mattress behind a dumpster, and promptly brought it home to sleep on despite the “love stains” on it.
The Rock debuted for WWE in 1996 and conquered the industry by 2004. He had won everything that there was to win and cut some of the most incredible and funny promos of all time. He used his acting skills and persona to catapult his career into Hollywood, which is where he’s made most of his money. At first, most people thought it was cute, that a wrestler would venture into Hollywood. But he absolutely blew everyone away and kept getting offer after offer, to the point where he simply could not be an active wrestler any longer.
2013 was a banner year for The Rock because he managed to top any actor in earnings as he grossed 1.2 billion. He also managed to promote, and participate in the main event at WrestleMania vs. John Cena.
What a life, well done, Dwayne.
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