The lucrative and cash-rich wrestling federation WWE has made fortunes of many wrestlers. Since, it is the most successful wrestling federation making the minor stake owner in the WWE, Shane McMahon a billionaire. The current net worth of Shane McMahon is $1.1 billion. With the valuation of WWE ever increasing, it is assured that Shane’s net worth will increase many in the near future to come. WWE’s business is flourishing and taking over the world like a storm. It has its own academy and a separate segment for the rookie wrestlers called NXT, where they can learn and also catch the limelight to go on to the main events. Since the federation is earning so much; it pays its wrestlers a good remuneration.
There are two types of wrestlers in the WWE. First ones are the full-time wrestlers, who perform every other night for WWE and the other ones are the part-time wrestlers. Part-time wrestlers are those wrestlers who do not have a regular contract with the WWE and make guest appearances. They usually are superstars, who have built their legacy and increase the ratings of the show owing to their popularity. These stars have the huge fan base and are crowd favorites.
Highest paid full-time wrestler
The pack of highest paid full-time wrestlers is led by John Cena. John Cena has been the face of WWE for quite some time now. He has a huge fan base all over the world. He is 16-time WWE champion and 5-time U.S. champion. He also has dipped his toes in the Hollywood, by starring in movies like ‘Trainwreck’, ’The Marine’ and ’12 rounds’. He won his first WWE championship in Wrestlemania 21 by defeating JBL. In the most recent Wrestlemania, Cena proposed his girlfriend Nikki Bella after defeating Miz and Maryse (Miz’s Girlfriend) in a mixed doubles match with her. He is currently paid $5,000,000 as salary and also other bonuses which make his income above $9,000,000 a year. Including bonuses, he is still the highest paid WWE superstar. Although, if we compare the salaries of all the superstars then, he loses his first spot to Brock Lesnar.
WWE Salaries (annual):
Full timers (male):
Highest paid full-time women wrestler
In the women’s section, Stephanie McMahon is the highest paid performer. She is the daughter of Shane McMahon and also is the wife of Triple-H. She has very good mic skills and entertains every time she appears on the show. She is currently the Chief Branding Officer (CBO) of WWE and also, is on-screen commissioner of WWE’s weekly televised show. Stephanie does not fight in the ring now-a-days which makes Nikki Bella, the highest paid female wrestler.
Full timers (female)
Highest paid part-time wrestler
Although, there are some huge names in the part-timer's list, Brock Lesnar, the beast, tops the list with the most income. He even beats John Cena, if we just include just the salary and excludes other bonuses. He has built a reputation over the years to be the most dangerous wrestler and currently is the Universal Champion, which he won, after defeating Goldberg in the Wrestlemania. He also started his career in the U.F.C and had a decent start to his career, but couldn’t continue due to injuries.
Salary of Part-timers