As the largest wrestling promotion in the world, WWE brings in millions of viewers who want to see superstar wrestlers perform in the ring. Cheering on their favorites while booing their opponents, fans love the spectacle that is professional wrestling, and WWE provides the best escape. This type of entertainment strikes the perfect balance between violent fights that keep viewers on edge and breaking the seriousness with some comedy from their performers.
Just like any other high-profile sports player, these WWE wrestlers get paid a pretty penny for what they do. These fighters are athletes who need to keep their bodies in top shape in order to perform the stunts they do and to keep up appearances even after the fights are over. While WWE events are scripted, there is still the very real potential for entertainers to accidentally (or intentionally) stray from their script and shock viewers.
WWE has said that the average wrestler on their main roster makes around $500,000 per year while their top performers usually make well into the seven-figure range. Thanks to WWE Wrestlers basic salary packages being leaked online this year, we can get an even closer look at how much the top ten WWE wrestlers make.
10 *Ray Mysterio - $985,000
9 Dolph Ziggler - $900,000
8 Big Show - $1.2 million
7 Sheamus - $1.3 million
6 Randy Orton - $1.6 million
5 Brock Lesnar - $2 million
4 Triple H - $2.12 million
Paul Michael Levesque, otherwise known as Triple H, makes $2.12 million per year from a five-year contract. He also acts as a WWE executive and talent contract, which brings in a lot of money. As the person who hires and fires WWE Superstars and Divas, this professional wrestler makes regular appearances in WWE programs as both a wrestler and an authority figure. He and fellow WWE executive Stephanie McMahon make a powerful duo and are so well known to fans of WWE that it is no surprise that Triple H’s salary is as high as it is.
3 The Undertaker - $2.25 million
2 John Cena - $2.75 million
1 The Rock - $3.5 million
While John Cena is the current star of WWE and has frequent appearances in the ring, the honor of highest paid WWE wrestler goes to The Rock, who makes roughly $3.5 million a year in addition to income from merchandise sales and PPV revenue. This is particularly impressive considering that The Rock is only a part time performer with a 3-year contract. The Rock is extremely well known both in and out of the wrestling world thanks to his acting career and is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Although he is the highest paid WWE wrestler, this source of wealth seems to be pocket change compared to his other sources of income.
Sources: totalsportek.com,<strong> </strong>forbes.com, wrestlinginc.com, inquisitr.com
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