According to online reports, WWE sports is the fourth most followed sports after baseball, basketball and football in USA. WWE is broadcasted to over a 150 countries in more than 20 languages which tells the story of the popularity of this. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Inc. is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company that deals primarily in professional wrestling.
Like other top sports WWE is the source of high income and life standard for it’s players. WWE pays high wages to its contracted players thanks to the fact that a very handsome revenue is generated through WWE sports events organised mostly in USA and in UK as well, as they say.
Here we are bringing the list of top earning WWE wrestlers or Richest Wrestlers, in ascending order from 10th to 1st position during last couple of years.
Óscar Gutiérrez, born December 11, 1974, better known by his ring name Rey Mysterio, is a Mexican-American professional wrestler. He is best known for his long tenure in WWE is often regarded as one of the greatest high-flyers in wrestling history. In Spanish “Rey Misterio” means “King Mystery”. 10th in our list of top Richest Wrestlers.
ANNUAL SALARY: $985,00 with 4% bonus for high merchandise sales, travel & Accommodation for a 5 Years contract.
Nicholas Theodore “Nick” Nemeth (born July 27, 1980), best known by the ring name Dolph Ziggler, is an American professional wrestler, actor, and occasional stand-up comedian. He is signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand.
ANNUAL SALARY: $900,000 with Travel & Accommodation for a 3 years contract.
Paul Donald Wight II (born February 8, 1972) is an American professional wrestler and actor, better known by his ring name Big Show. He is signed to WWE, where he has performed since 1999. He currently wrestles on the Raw brand. He began his career in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he was known by the ring name The Giant.
ANNUAL SALARY: $1.2 million with Personal tour bus from WWE. 3 Years Contract.
Stephen Farrelly (Irish: Stíofán Ó Fearghaile; born 28 January 1978) is an Irish professional wrestler and actor. He is signed to the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performs under the ring name Sheamus (pronounced /ˈʃeɪmʌs/) shortened from his previous ring name Sheamus O’Shaunessy. He currently appears on the Raw brand.
ANNUAL SALARY: $1.3 million with travel & accommodation for 5 Years contract. 7th in our list of top Richest Wrestlers.
Randal Keith “Randy” Orton (born April 1, 1980) is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand as a member of The Wyatt Family.
Orton has held the WWE Championship eight times and WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship four times, and was the final holder of the World Heavyweight Championship, which he unified with the WWE Championship to become the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
ANNUAL SALARY: $1,6 million with % Merchandise sales, travel and accommodation, PPV share. 5 Years contract.
Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965), better known by his ring name The Undertaker, is an American part-time professional wrestler and actor, currently signed to WWE. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984.
ANNUAL SALARY: $2.25 Million with 7% bonus for high merchandise sales, Travel & Accommodation, PPV revenue share if featured on a main event. 5 Years (Part-Time) contract. 5th in our list of top Richest Wrestlers.
Brock Edward Lesnar /ˈlɛznər/ (born July 12, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, mixed martial artist, and former amateur wrestler and professional American football player currently signed to WWE on the Raw brand. He is a four-time WWE Champion, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and a NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion.
ANNUAL SALARY: $2 Million with 3.25% bonus for high merchandise sales, Free Travel, PPV revenue share. 2 Years Contract.
Paul Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969), better known by his ring name Triple H (an abbreviation of his former ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley), is an American business executive and occasional professional wrestler. Levesque is the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE, as well as being the founder and senior producer of NXT and the creator of the NXT television series. He is a member by marriage of the McMahon family, which maintains majority ownership of WWE.
ANNUAL SALARY: $2,12 million. He Also acts as WWE executive and talent contract. 5 Years contract.
John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (/ˈsiːnə/; born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor, and reality television show host signed to WWE. He is assigned to the SmackDown brand, where he is the current WWE Champion in his record-setting thirteenth reign, and record-tying sixteenth world championship reign, an accomplishment only previously achieved by WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
ANNUAL SALARY: $2.75 Million with 7% on merchandise sales, plus hafty PPV revenue share make his actual earnings way more. 5 years contract.
Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer, singer, and professional wrestler who holds American and Canadian citizenship. Currently signed to WWE on a part-time contract, Johnson gained mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1996 to 2004 as a major figure in the company’s Attitude Era, and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history.
ANNUAL SALARY: $3.5 Million with 7% bonus for high merchandise sales, only appears on selected WWE Dates. 3 Year (Part Time) contract. 1st in our list of top Richest Wrestlers.
|STAR||ANNUAL SALARY||Bonuses Royalties||Contract|
|The Rock||$3.5 Million||7% bonus for high merchandise sales, only appears on selected WWE Dates||3 Year (Part Time)|
|John Cena||$2.75 Million||7% on merchandise sales, plus hafty PPV revenue share make his actual earnings way more||5 year|
|Tripple H||$2,12 million||Also acts as WWE executive and talent contract.||5 Years|
|Brock Lesner||$2 Million||3.25% bonus for high merchandise sales, Free Travel, PPV revenue share||(2 Years) Contract expires in March 2015.|
|Undertaker||$2.25 Million||7% bonus for high merchandise sales, Travel & Accommodation, PPV revenue share if featured on a main event||5 Years (Part-Time)|
|Randy Orton||$1,6 million||% Merchandise sales, travel and accommodation, PPV share||5 Years|
|Sheamus||$1.3 million||travel & accommodation||5 Years|
|Big Show||$1.2 million||Personal tour bus from WWE||3 Years|
|Dolph Ziggler||$900,000||Travel & Accommodation||3 Year|
|Ray Mysterio||$985,00||4% bonus for high merchandise sales, travel & Accommodation||5 Years|