For those who select sports entertainment as their profession of choice, signing with World Wrestling Entertainment is the ultimate goal. Besides the fact that WWE television is seen by millions, there’s also a great deal of money to be made by working for the most successful promotion in the business.
That being said, even today, many wrestling fans still don’t truly understand how lucrative a career in this unique entertainment genre can truly be. To remedy this, we are going to take a look at 10 of the most financially successful pro wrestlers in the game.
10 John Cena ($55 Million)
John Cena has been one of WWE’s top stars for almost 2 decades. The West Newbury, Massachusetts product has held a version of the WWE Championship 16 times over the course of his illustrious career. He has also had a great deal of success outside the squared circle. The former champ has been featured in several films and television shows. In fact, Cena even released his own rap album, You Can’t See Me.
His wrestling career combined with his various other projects has helped Cena earn a great deal of money over the years. The WWE megastar is worth $55 million.
9 The Undertaker ($17 Million)
Having made his WWE debut back in 1990, The Undertaker has been striking fear into the hearts of his opponents for going on 30 years now. During his time with the company, “The Deadman” has been a world champion on 7 separate occasions. He is also known for having won 21 consecutive matches at WrestleMania – WWE’s most popular pay-per-view event.
The Undertaker has been a top draw in pro wrestling for a while now. However, he hasn’t been involved with too many projects outside the squared circle. That being said, Taker is worth a cool $17 million – so he appears to be doing just fine without a ton of side gigs.
8 Triple H ($40 Million)
Triple H began his journey with WWE back in 1995. Since that time, “The Game” has become a 14-time world champion. He is also one of the founding members of D-Generation X – one of the organization's most successful factions. As most fans know, the former titleholder is the husband of Stephanie McMahon, who is the daughter of Vince McMahon and the company’s Chief Brand Officer (CBO). Behind the scenes, Triple H serves as WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent.
Due in part to his executive role, Triple H is worth a bit more than most top performers in WWE. His net worth is around $40 million.
7 Shane McMahon ($35 Million)
Shane McMahon is the only son and eldest child of wrestling promoter and WWE CEO Vince McMahon. He has had a noteworthy in-ring career and is also a minority owner of the company. Over the years, he's served as an on-screen authority figure. In 2009, he left the family business (WWE) to work for cable/streaming companies like China Broadband Inc and You On Demand.
As one might imagine, between his wrestling career and business ventures, Shane McMahon has made some money over the years. The self-proclaimed "best wrestler in the world" is worth about $35 million.
6 Roman Reigns ($12 Million)
34-year-old Roman Reigns is a relative newcomer compared to most of the names on our list. Since making his WWE main roster debut as a member of The Shield, he has managed to capture the WWE world title four times and has headlined multiple WrestleManias. WWE has tried to make Reigns the company’s top star for several years now, much to the dismay of a large portion of their fan base.
Though Reigns is a polarizing figure, he still headlined several major events and managed to make a boatload of cash in the process. As a result, he’s worth about $12 million.
5 Stephanie McMahon ($45 million)
Stephanie McMahon is the only daughter of WWE CEO Vince McMahon. To wrestling fans, she is perhaps best known as an on-screen authority figure. “The Billion Dollar Princess” has long been one of WWE’s top heels (villains) and has also been known to wrestle on occasion. In fact, McMahon is a former WWE Women’s Champion, having captured the title roughly 2 decades ago. Behind the scenes, Stephanie McMahon serves as WWE’s chief brand officer.
While her nickname “The Billion Dollar Princess” is a bit of an exaggeration, she is still a very wealthy woman, worth a whopping $45 million.
4 Ronda Rousey ($12 Million)
Ronda Rousey signed a contract with WWE back in 2017. She has quickly established herself as one of the organization's top stars and even held the WWE Raw Women’s Championship. This past April (along with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair) Rousey became the first female Superstar to headline WrestleMania.
Prior to WWE, she was already a star, having been a former UFC Women’s Champion and one of the sport's most popular athletes. The former Olympian has also appeared in films like The Expendables 3. Ronda Rousey is worth an estimated $12 million, though most of her money was earned outside the squared circle.
3 Randy Orton ($11 Million)
Randy Orton is a 3rd generation star who has long been one of WWE’s top performers. He is the son of professional wrestler “Cowboy” Bob Orton and the grandson of Bob Orton, Sr. He burst onto the main event scene by becoming the youngest WWE world champ in the company’s history, having captured the title at just 24 years of age. He’s since gone on to enjoy 12 additional world title reigns.
Since his 2002 debut, Orton has made a very nice living in WWE. In fact, the “Apex Predator” is worth a total of $11 million.
2 Brock Lesnar ($22 Million)
Brock Lesnar is a former collegiate wrestling star who went on to sign with WWE back in 2000. In total, he is a six-time WWE world champ. Outside of professional wrestling, he also had a very successful run in mixed martial arts. He is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and one of the biggest pay-per-view draws in the organization's history. “The Beast” is a multi-talented athlete who even had a short stint in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings back in 2004.
Not only is Lesnar one of the greatest combat sports athletes of his generation, but he is also a very rich man. Lesnar’s current net worth is around $22 million.
1 The Rock ($280 Million)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a star that transcends the sport of professional wrestling. In truth, the 10-time world champion is one of the most successful and well-known entertainers in the world today.
After a very memorable run in WWE, “The People’s Champ” went on to become one of Hollywood’s most successful actors. He’s headlined WrestleMania events and sold out movie theaters the world over. Unsurprisingly, then, Dwayne Johnson has the highest net worth on our list: around $280 million.