WWE brand is more prevalent than other related brands like Ring of Honor, TNA, and New Japan Pro Wrestling because of some of the prestigious wrestlers. WWE wages its wrestlers very well and this is the reason its wrestlers have been famous as richest wrestlers all over the world.
The yearly pay check of the some of the top WWE wrestlers is around $1 million and even higher than that. These richest wrestlers not only gross high income from the matches they fought in but also from films and endorsement deals of which they became part of.
At first sight all of the WWE wrestlers seem rich because of their outstanding fight performance; however there are some topmost richest wrestlers whose details are given below:
List of top 12 Highest Paid & Richest WWE Wrestlers in The World in 2017-2018
12. Dolph Ziggler – $900,000
Dolph Ziggler is recognized as one of the passionately working wrestlers of WWE. It is known that he is paid $900,000 annually by WWE and the company even pays for his travel as well as accommodation. Nemeth came back to the WWE major roster under his present ring name in year 2008 and after then, Ziggler has obtained the Intercontinental Championship for five times, WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship for two times, the United States Championship once, as well as he was 2012 Money in the Bank winner. Ziggler has even stayed as the sole survivor of two Survivor Series elimination matches arranged at the 2012 and 2014 events.
11. Dean Ambrose – $1.1 Million
Presently the company’s World Heavyweight Champion, Ambrose takes in about $1.1 million annually with the WWE. However, it would not be astonishing to see that number raises a bit last year and his net worth is projected to be around $6 million. It is unclear that for how long Ambrose will hold on to this title, although it is suggested there is a substantial chance he will not held it at the future Battleground pay-per-view.
He is one of the richest WWE wrestlers as he worked for numerous promotions including Evolve Wrestling (EVOLVE), Full Impact Pro (FIP), Ring of Honor (ROH), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), and Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), etc. In his career, he won CZW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the FIP World Heavyweight Championship once, as well as the Insanity Pro Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship twice.
10. Big Show -$1.2 million
Big Show is known as an American professional wrestler as well as actor who is presently signed to WWE. He launched his career in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) initially, where he was acknowledged by the ring name- The Giant. Big Show has been in this business of wrestling in WWE for almost two decades and this is the reason of his consistent high income. Apart from professional wrestling, he has performed in feature films as well as television series such as The Waterboy, Jingle All The Way, Star Trek: Enterprise and three USA Network’s comedy-dramas namely Psych, Royal Pains, and the action-drama named Burn Notice.
9. Kane – $1.3 Million
Kane is known to be in wrestling for longer than several of his fans have been alive, starting his career in year 1992. It is suggested that in present days, he’s another one of those folklores who gets high dollar from the company in spite of not performing on a regular basis, while his net worth is estimated to be around $7 million.
8. Sheamus -$1.3 million
Though wrestler Sheamus has not been around for a very long time, his star power is grossing him $1.3 million every year. He is known to be a good friend of famous wrestler-Triple H, this is one of the reasons why he is getting paid higher than other senior wrestlers in the WWE. Before appearing in WWE, he wrestled on the European circuit as well as he was a two-time International Heavyweight Champion throughout his tenancy in Irish Whip Wrestling (briefly as IWW).
7. Randy Orton -$1.6 million
Since Randy Orton joined WWE, he has been a part of several success stories till date. Orton has established himself as a chief player in the WWE in a short span, grossing high income. Overall, the wrestler has won 16 total championships in WWE and he is the winner of the 2013 Money in the Bank ladder match, both in year 2009 as well as 2017 Royal Rumble matches, and has featured numerous pay-per-view events for WWE, comprising WrestleMania XXX and WrestleMania XXV.
6. Brock Lesnar -$2 million
It is known that Lesnar made big come to WWE; hitting big news at Wrestlemania XXX in year 2014 taking the Undertaker’s unbeaten line of 21 successive wins in at the famous event. Lesnar gets $2 million paycheck as a WWE superstar during his recent contract with the WWE. He was the former UFC heavyweight champion and he left the MMA after Lesnar was identified with diverticulitis.
5. Roman Reigns – $3.1 Million
Roman Reigns grosses a handsome earnings of $2.1 million but this figure, however, will expected be lower this year due to Reigns suspension of 30-day. During the four weeks that Reigns is not allowed to fight at house shows or on Monday Night Raw as well as on SmackDown, he will be facing loss of about $100,000 in revenue. Though, Reigns will be back in time for the future Battleground pay-per-view, as well as these PPVs wind up being very profitable for WWE performers.
4. Triple H -$2.12 million
Triple H is a famous WWE wrestler, also known as son-in-law of the WWE chairman. He is too one of the longest serving wrestlers of WWE and has a $1,000,000 annual talent contract. Apart from wrestler, Triple H is an American business executive. The wrestler is also the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE, and worked as the founder and senior producer of NXT as well as for the creator of the NXT TV series.
3. Undertaker -$2.25 million
Undertaker is known as a legend in WWE with tons of fans globally. This legend usually shows up once per year, however his star power is so high that for that single appearance he earns $2.25 million yearly. Apart from wrestling, Undertaker made his film debut as Hutch in year 1991 film entitled Suburban Commando and he also did guest roles on Poltergeist: The Legacy and Celebrity Deathmatch.
2. John Cena -$2.75 million
John Cena is a popular WWE superstar, who has been the face of the WWE for almost a decade. Cena has established himself as one of WWE principal names and has too made a career into different feature films. Being an actor, Cena has been featured in action films namely 12 Rounds (2009) and The Marine (2006) by the production wing of WWE. During his WWE career, Cena has received 25 championships, with 16 reigns as a world champion an achievement only before attained by WWE Hall of Fame named Ric Flair.
1. The Rock -$3.5 million
Apart from being a popular wrestler in WWE, Rock is a Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” who earns $3.5 million annually though he makes appearance once in a while. He even earns revenue from pay-per-views and has an estimated net worth more than $125 million. Forbes has listed Rock as No. 25 in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities in year 2013, which suggest his richness. He is known to be the world’s highest-paid actor as of year 2016 and Time entitled him one of the 100 most powerful people of the world in 2016.
It is common to estimate that wrestlers in WWE with more star power gross more than the rests. Some names of wrestlers are obvious, as they are the wrestlers of WWE who perform on screen each week and who fight in a match in only about every pay-per-view. However, other wrestlers only appear a handful of times in a year, but they are too legendary and are prominent major draws as they make more in a several nights than the remaining wrestlers make round the year.