The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) which is viewed in 28 languages in over 150 countries has survived several legal tussles to emerge as one of the most viewed and celebrated TV entertainment events in the world. The WrestleMania event which debuted in March 1985 and featured several celebrities such as current US President, Donald J. Trump, in special editions, has been one of the focal points of the WWE’s groundbreaking success. Some of the unique stars who captivated the minds of fans such as Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) has utilised the fame their exploits in the WWE afforded them to create a lucrative brand outside wrestling. Without these breakthroughs, WWE certainly would lose its public appeal. In this article, we list the top-10 highest-paid WWE wrestlers (men) and their annual incomes/salaries as revealed by the entertainment company.
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10. Dolph Ziggler – $1.5 Million Per Year
Dolph Ziggler is a WWE wrestler who is talented at making fans laugh and a fan favourite who aside from his top-notch wrestling skills is also an amazing stand-up comedian. The WWE wrestler has won the World Heavyweight Championship, Intercontinental Championship and the US Championship. Ziggler receives as much as $1.5 million yearly.
9. Kevin Owens – $2 Million Per Year
As young as 16 years old, Kevin Steen, known in the ring as Kevin Owens had already been involved in wrestling. After years of fighting in various wrestling promotions where he rose to fame as a result of his incredible success, Owens was signed by WWE in 2014. Owens began his exploits in the WWE in the NXT where he became Champion for just 143 days. Following his exploits in the WWE, he was involved in a feud with WWE superstar John Cena, which ended after he lost to Cena twice in three different fights. Owens has progressed since then in the WWE winning the WWE Universal Championship and the United States Championship. Kevin Owens receives as much as $2 million annually.
8. Undertaker – $2.5 Million Per Year
He goes by many names and widely seen as a perfect representation of death with links to the underworld and possesses supernatural elements, but Undertaker is just a mere WWE fighter who has created a brand for himself which is widely feared and recognized in the WWE. The thespian who is one of the veterans in the WWE has won the World Heavyweight Championship on several occasions. His feud with WWE Wrestler, Kane, is one of the most brutal in the WWE. Undertaker receives as much as $2.5 million yearly.
7. The Miz – $2.5 Million Per Year
At 39 years of age, The Miz is not slowing down in his glamorous WWE career. The adept Wrestler who has won the United States Championship, as well as the WWE World Championship, is a well-recognized Wrestler in the WWE. Miz who recently teamed up with returning WWE wrestler and long time partner, John Morrison, is also involved in acting. The Wrestler has acted as himself and as other characters in various Hollywood movies. His contract with WWE earns him as much as $2.5 million yearly.
6. Seth Rollins – $3 Million Per Year
“Monday Night Messiah” as he calls himself, Seth Rollins is one of the most accomplished wrestlers in the WWE. A prominent member of the WWE faction dubbed the Shield, Rollins has won several titles in the WWE. His titles include the WWE Tag Team Championship which he has won on six occasions with the Shield. His solo wins include the Universal Championship, the Intercontinental Championship and WWE Championship. Rollins salary is as high as $3 million annually.
5. AJ Styles – $3.5 Million Per Year
Before he came on the WWE scene in 2016, Styles had already created a reputation for himself as one of the best wrestlers in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling now known as Impact Wrestling. Styles whose unique wrestling style shot him to prominence earned several Championship wins such as the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. In the WWE, Styles has won the WWE Championship and the WWE US Championship. He receives as much as $3.5 million yearly.
4. Randy Orton – $4.5 Million Per Year
A celebrated wrestler who hails from a family of wrestlers, Randy Orton whose grandfather, father and uncle were wrestlers, continues to carry on his family’s legacy in a remarkable way. The top WWE wrestler who has won several Championship is one of the highest-paid and top-rated wrestler, known for his feuds with WWE faction, the Shield, as well as his adrenaline pumped pay-per-view WrestleMania events. Orton who has held the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship, on nine occasions, is paid $4.5 million every year.
3. Roman Reigns – $5 Million Per Year
Prior to his WWE exploits, Roman Reigns once played for National Football League (NFL) teams, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings in the off-season. He then moved to the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he played for the Edmonton Eskimos before he finally called it quits on football. Following what wasn’t a glamorous football career, Roman Reigns created for himself a name in the WWE where he is widely adored by fans. Reigns have won the world champion, four times, including the WWE Championship and the Universal Championship. Reign’s annual salary is about $5 million yearly.
2. John Cena – $8.5 Million Per Year
Outside wrestling, he is well recognized for his versatile creativity. John Cena is not all about muscles but about entertainment and fun. The WWE superstar has featured in several blockbuster movies such as Bumblebee and the soon to be released Fast and Furious 9. He is also a musician as well as a TV presenter who is adored by young children and adolescents. Cena who has won the World Championship on 16 different occasions, including the US Championship, receives a yearly income of $8.5 million in salary and bonuses from the WWE.
1. Brock Lesnar – $12 Million Per Year
Well built with a sturdy figure, Brock Lesnar has tried his hands at various sports which include American football, Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts. Lesnar who played as a defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings in 2004, is the youngest WWE Wrestler to win the WWE Championship. Lesnar who also won the UFC Heavyweight Championship is the only individual in the history of WWE and the UFC to hold world titles from both promotion sports company. He has also fought for several Wrestling promotion companies. He has won the WWE World Championship on eight occasions. Brock Lesner tops the highest-paid WWE wrestlers with his annual income of $12 million.
There you have it—our updated top-10 list of the highest-paid WWE men wrestlers right now. What do you think? Please share with us in the comment section below.