Wrestling is one of the most watched events across the global platform. Events like WWE are watched in over 150 countries of the world and across 20 languages. Well, a lot of money is associated with the sports too. Certain wrestlers have enormous fan-followers, and they happen to be the richest wrestlers in the world. Popular wrestlers have higher slabs of payments and this trend has been in vogue for a few decades now. Here is a list of wrestlers who earn the most from their profession.
1. Rock – Net worth – $125 million
It is quite unsurprising to find Rock at the top of the list. He is a versatile personality, being an actor and celebrity outside the ring. He has an annual salary of $3.5 million in the sports. The reason for his success is not difficult to track. He was a quick learner and his father was also a wrestler. Therefore, he was swift to pick the talent. He won the WWE championship as many as nine times. He has been in the Hollywood circuit since 2001 and fans occasionally find this semi-retired wrestler inside the ring.
2. John Cena – Net worth – $35 million
The US wrestling champion is certainly one of the richest wrestlers in the world. He draws an annual salary of $2.75 million and has a net worth of $35 million. He debuted in 2002 and has come a long way since. Well, his first match against Kurt Angle resulted in a win. Currently, he is one of the most popular faces in the industry with a massive fanfare. He was a rapper in the initial days, which boosted up the fanfare to a considerable extent.
3. Triple H- Net worth – $25 million
He has been a professional wrestler for over two decades and happens to be one of the most recognized faces in the industry. With more than 23 wins in various championships, Triple H ranks third in the list. Before signing up with WWE, he worked with WCW for some time. He also goes by a few other names, including ‘The King’ and ‘Hunter’. He won the heavyweight championship as many as five times and is one of the most skilled wrestlers the world has ever known.
4. Kurt Angle – Net worth – $20 million
Kurt Angle is another talented wrestler who finds his name in the fourth position in the list. Presently, he is the only wrestler in the list who is outside the circle of WWE. Despite having a fractured neck in 1996, he went on to win a gold in the Olympics. This defines his stamina and class. Initially, he worked with other federations like ECW and NWA, where he did not receive much recognition. Finally, he signed up with WWE in 1998 and won fame for his country, the USA.
5. The Undertaker – Net worth – $18 million
The Undertaker is among the oldest faces in the profession and has earned enough reputation and fanfare to find his name in this list. He makes around $2.25 million a year and works on a contractual basis. Presently, he works on a part-time basis and remains outside the ring for long spans. In 2014, he remained unconquered in WrestleMania and this is literally a rare feat to be achieved on the platform.
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6. Randy Orton – Net worth – $15 million
This is another potential wrestler who has grown in skills and reputation over the years. Presently, is in the sixth position in the list and works on a contractual basis. Earning $1.6 million per year for five-year contracts, he holds a certain percentage of travel, accommodation and merchandise sales. Well, he has certain disrepute to his name as well, for his disrespect towards the veterans in the industry. His signature move is the RKO and won the championship as much as 12 times.
7. Big Show – Net worth – $13 million
Thanks to his bulky physique, he has gained the reputation of being the largest athlete in the world. According to 2015 reports, he works on three-year contract and earns around $1.2 million every year. He is one of the most popular wrestlers in the WWE circuit. The salaries include travel allowances, accommodation and other related costs. He has also been a part of other platforms, including the ECW, and won seven championships in WWE. He is particularly noted for his feats in the heavyweight category.
8. Sheamus – Net worth – $12 million
Sheamus is also known as Stephen Farrelly, he is a known face in wrestling in different formats across the global platform. He earns around $1.3 million annually and happens to be one of the richest wrestlers in the world. His contracts are about five years each and with hi rising repute, he is looking forward to raise his salary slabs annually. The wrestle from Ireland has won a WWE championship, but also has a certain degree of negative fanfare, as a section of the people hates him when he is inside the circle. Joining the platform in 2009, he was quick to make big money.
9. Dolph Ziggler – Net worth – $7.5 million
He goes by the name Nick Nameth and earns around $9 million a year. His contracts are of three years each, which includes the costs of accommodation and travel. He was named ‘Wrestler of the year’ in 2014 by Rolling Stone as he won the world championship in the heavyweight category twice. Apart from this, he is a four-time winner of the intercontinental championship. Between 2012 and 2014, he was the only survivor in the Survivors Series.
10. Rey Mysterio – Net worth – $7.5 million
He is one of the most popular stars in wrestling. The Mexican-American wrestler works on five year contracts with a salary of $9.8 thousands till February, 2015. He also enjoys a bonus of 4% on related costs. However, his reputation suffered a downfall later on as he was associated with one of the fellow wrestlers. His blow on the latter’s head resulted in the death. He occupies the tenth position in the list.
If you are interested in the sports, you must be an avid viewer of the global championships. The wrestlers make millions from these platforms. Thanks to a massive fanfare and infrastructure, they get the true value of their talent.