WWE, when all is said and done, is a business. The wrestlers are in it for the money, especially after going through the trials and tribulations, of making it to the biggest professional wrestling/sports entertainment organisation in the world. Top-tier talents, in particular, are aware of the value of their brand and are savvy enough to maximise their income.
Salaries of WWE superstars vary from low six-figures to millions upon millions annually. WWE recently registered their highest ever annual revenue for the fiscal year of 2015, which was more than $650m.
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Salaries of WWE wrestlers are generally split into two categories - basic pay and bonuses.
Superstars also receive income for making non-wrestling, public appearances such as Comic-Cons and various other events. Some collect a percentage from the sale of merchandise, while some take home an additional amount, from the gate receipts of the house shows. A select few also pull in the green from pay-per-view revenue.
Combinations of these deals are then supplemented to the basic salary.
Superstars in the upper echelon are also entitled to certain perks such as first class air travel, hotel accommodation, personal tour bus and private jet usage. Salaries of WWE Superstars, to an extent, are also dependent on their longevity. Some of the longest-tenured wrestlers fetch a hefty sum.
A report revealed that an average WWE superstar rakes in, about half a million dollars in basic pay. The number of the years on the contract also differs from superstar to superstar and it can be anywhere from 1 year to up to a decade.
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Everything discussed until now doesn’t factor in the outside projects and business ventures, these Superstars might be involved in.
A lot of figures are thrown around, about the earnings of the WWE Superstars, but nobody knows for sure how much they make since the WWE does not divulge that information. However, they are more than a few credible sources that try to approximate the same and paint a picture.
Following is the list of some of the WWE Superstars in alphabetical order and their salaries. For the sake of convenience, the list is divided into three categories:
- Full-timers (Male)
- Full timers (female)
Full timers (Male):
|Bray Wyatt||$470,000||Travel and Accommodation|
|Dolph Ziggler||$900,000||Merchandise, Travel and accommodation|
|John Cena||$5,000,000||Merchandise, PPV, Travel, Accommodation and Private Jet Usage which make his overall income above $9,000,000|
|Kane||$1,500,000||Travel and Accommodation|
|Kevin Owens||$950,000||Travel and Accomodation|
|Randy Orton||$1,600,000||Merchandise, PPV, Travel and Accommodation|
|Roman Regns||$550,000||Merchandise, Travel and Accommodation|
|Seth Rollins||$950,000||Merchandise, Travel and Accommodation|
|Sheamus||$1,100,000||Travel and Accommodation|
|The Miz||$1,200,000||Merchandise, Travel and Accommodation|
Full timers (female)
|Nikki Bella||$400,000||Travel and Accomodation|
|Stephanie McMahon||$1,725,000||Private Jet Usage, Travel and Accommodation|
|Big Show||$1,300,000||Travel, Accommodation and Personal Tour Bus|
|Brock Lesnar||$6,000,000||Merchandise, PPV, Private Jet Usage and Accommodation|
|The Rock||$3,500,000||Merchandise and PPV|
|Triple H||$2,800,000||Private Jet Usage, Merchandise, PPV and Accommodation|
|The Undertaker||$2,200,000||Merchandise, PPV, Travel and Accommodation|
Even though these are ballpark figures, they are helpful to surmise the value of these Superstars to the company. John Cena sits on the top of the ladder as the highest-grossing WWE Superstar. He is also the highest earner amongst the full-timers.
Brock Lesnar pockets the most amongst the part-timers. According to a Forbes report, WWE spends nearly 2/3rd of its total Superstars’ salaries, just to pay John Cena and Brock Lesnar. Long-tenured Superstars such as Mark Henry, Kane and Big Show, have sizeable downside guarantees.
Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens are on the cusp of the seven-figure territory. Mid-carders’ and lower-carders’ salaries, easily reflect their position within the company.
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