With advents such as Evolution, the WWE's first-ever all-female Pay-Per-View, and the introduction of both the SmackDown Women’s Championship and the Raw Women’s Championship as a result of the 2016 Brand Extension Draft, the Women's Revolution has rocked the WWE. This, along with the decision to rebrand female wrestlers as superstars, has put female wrestlers on the path to receiving the respect they deserve. Another area where progress will be monitored closely is that of WWE Divas’ salaries. Let’s take a look at the WWE Divas raking in the most cash for their efforts.
10. Summer Rae
Whilst the former defensive back in the Lingerie Football League was released from the WWE at the end of 2017, Rae remains one of the highest paid WWE Divas to date, having reportedly earned an annual salary of $150,000. This is one hefty sum for a wrestler who did not have much ring time when compared to other Divas. Having signed a developmental deal back in 2011, she did not feature much in the main roster until 2015. Success did not last long, however, as she was sidelined for much of 2016 and 2017 due to injuries.
9. Alicia Fox
Having made her WWE debut over 10 years ago, Fox was the first African-American woman to win the WWE Divas Championship and was introduced to the WWE main roster as a wedding planner for Edge and Vickie Guerrero. Unfortunately, Fox has faded into obscurity, with few title challenges and a broken tailbone that have brought her wrestling future into question. This hasn’t stopped Fox from earning big bucks, however, as she currently earns an annual salary of $180,000.
8. Sasha Banks
This superstar set the WWE alight upon making it onto the Raw roster during the women’s revolution of 2015. Not only has Banks been crowned the Raw Women’s Champion on multiple occasions, she has also made a point of setting records at every opportunity, becoming the first woman to compete in Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber matches, as well as competing in the inaugural Women’s WWE Iron Man contest.
The Boss has certainly done enough to deserve a hefty salary of $180,000, and despite suffering a recent injury, will still be one to watch in the days to come.
7. Eva Marie
Marie’s time at the WWE was limited to a brief four-year tenure, which was cut even finer due to her suspension because of a wellness violation. Not only was her time in the ring severely limited, but also her popularity, as was highlighted by fans showering her with boos and chants of “you can’t wrestle” as she received a shot at the NXT Women’s Championship title.
6. Rosa Mendes
The Canadian model and wrestler rose from humble beginnings. Whilst first appearing on our screens as a staunch fan of Beth Phoenix, she was soon appointed as an intern to her idol. From this platform she launched her WWE career, going on to feature on the main roster and trying her hand in management, where she lead tag team Primo & Epico to the WWE Tag Team Championship. In addition to her activities in the ring, Mendes also featured as a SmackDown backstage interviewer and starred in the Total Divas television series. Her enormous involvement in the WWE lead to a $220,000 income.
5. Charlotte Flair
The daughter of Hall of Famer Ric Flair has done well to step out of her father's shadow, winning the defunct Divas Championship as well as both the SmackDown and Raw Women's titles.
This year has been a difficult one for Flair, having been sidelined due to surgery and failing to reclaim the SmackDown Women's Championship from Becky Lynch. This should not rule out Flair from making a comeback, however, as she remains one of the most decorated WWE Divas to date, and a generous salary of $230,000 reflects that fact.
The English actress and wrestler made history by becoming the first superstar to simultaneously hold the WWE Divas Championship and the NXT Women's Championship. Notably, she was also the captain of team PCB during the Diva's Revolution. Her groundbreaking achievements have earned her a massive salary of $250,000.
Unfortunately, Paige has been forced into early retirement due to multiple neck injuries. On the bright side, she still has a place in WWE due to being the SmackDown Live General Manager.
Despite her wrestling career being cut short, her achievements in the ring will not be forgotten, and a film about her life titled Fighting With My Family will soon be in cinemas.
3. Brie Bella
In addition to being one half of the Bella Twins tag team and a former WWE Divas Champion, Brie has also had an incredibly busy life outside the ring, running a YouTube channel and clothing line with sister Nikki and starring in the reality series Total Bellas. With so many activities in tow, she has managed to earn herself a salary of $280,000.
After a hiatus from wrestling, Brie returned to the ring in a tag team match alongside her twin sister Nikki, where they were victorious against Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan of Riot Squad. The fact that she managed to return after giving birth recently earned her even more adoration.
2. Natalya Neidhart
A former WWE Divas Champion, Natalya is the daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and received much training from her uncle Bret "Hit Man" Hart as well as other members of the Hart family. She is known as being an aggressive wrestler with one of the best grappling games in the WWE. She finally won herself the title of SmackDown Women's Champion at SummerSlam 2017.
In addition to her in-ring exploits, Natalya is a star on the Total Divas reality series and is invested in numerous charitable causes such as Make-A-Wish and the WrestleMania Reading Challenge. Her many contributions are reflected in a salary of $300,000.
1. Nikki Bella
As the other half of the Bella Twins, Nikki is a two-time WWE Divas Champion who managed to retain the Divas title for a record-setting 301 days. In fact, many are of the opinion that Nikki winning the Divas Championship marked the start of the Women's Revolution, which has since taken the WWE by storm.
Like her sister Brie, Nikki is also a star of the Total Divas and Total Bellas reality shows, and is actively involved on The Bella Twins YouTube channel. Her prominence in the WWE has earned her a whopping $310,000 salary.