Who are the highest-paid WWE wrestlers? How much do WWE superstars such as John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and AJ Styles earn per year? SportyTell takes a look — read on to find out how much your favourite WWE wrestler would earn in 2020.
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 WWE fans such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 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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Here are the Highest-Paid WWE Wrestlers and their Annual Salaries
10. Dolph Ziggler
Salary: $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. Dolph Ziggler’s salary in 2020 is as much as $1.5 million, which places him as the 10th highest-paid WWE wrestler.
9. Kevin Owens
Salary: $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’ salary in 2020 is as much as $2 million.
Salary: $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’s salary is as much as $2.5 million in 2020.
7. The Miz
Salary: $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. The Miz’s salary is as much as $2.5 million in 2020, placing him as the 7th highest paid WWE superstar.
6. Seth Rollins
Salary: $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. Seth Rollins’ salary is as high as $3 million in 2020.
5. AJ Styles
Salary: $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. AJ Styles’ salary is as much as $3.5 million in 2020, which places him as the 5th highest paid WWE wrestler right now.
4. Randy Orton
Salary: $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 has held the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship, on nine occasions. Randy Orton’s salary is about $4.5 million in 2020.
3. Roman Reigns
Salary: $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. Roman Reign’s salary is about $5 million in 2020, which makes him the 3rd highest paid WWE superstar right now.
2. John Cena
Salary: $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 17 different occasions, including the US Championship, receives a huge income and bonuses from the WWE annually. John Cena’s salary is about $8.5 million in 2020, which makes him the second-highest-paid WWE superstar right now.
1. Brock Lesnar
Salary: $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’s salary is about $12 million in 2020, which solidifies him as the highest-paid WWE wrestler right now.
There you have it — the top-10 ranking of the highest-paid WWE wrestlers right now, with highlights on the WWE superstar’s salaries in 2020. What do you think? Please share with us in the comment section below.