Randy Orton net worth
Randy Orton has been a main eventer for almost a decade now. Orton was always a chosen one, he was a third generation wrestling star and quickly became Triple H’s pet project. From his start with Triple H as part of Evolution with Batista and Ric Flair to his feuds with Mick Foley, The Undertaker and countless other legends as The Legend Killer.
Orton is a 12 time World Champion and is also the youngest WWE Superstar to hold the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the age of 24. He is one of the most experienced wrestlers on the roster and is a guaranteed future Hall of Famer.
Orton’s accolades in the ring don’t stop there. He has won the tag team championship, Intercontinental Championship, the Royal Rumble match and the Money in the Bank contract. His finishing move, the RKO is considered to be one of the deadliest and most spectacular finishing manoeuvres in the WWE.
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The grandson of Bob Orton Sr. and son of Cowboy Bob Orton, Randy is a third generation wrestler. Growing up in a family of professional wrestlers, wrestling was a part of his being from the very beginning. Orton’s journey with the WWE started in 2001 when he was signed and sent to the developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in Louisville, Kentucky. In OVW, Orton trained with the likes of John Cena, Batista, Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin.
Orton’s first televised match was against Hardcore Holly at SmackDown in 2002. He went on to put a number of matches and became a fan favourite. But Randy gradually changed his gimmick to a narcissistic self-centred villain and finally joined Evolution under the tutelage of Triple H and Ric Flair. It was in this stable that Randy realised his true potential. By the time, the Armageddon 2003 pay per view was done, Evolution was holding all the men’s title on RAW. Randy became touted as the future of professional wrestling when he beat Shawn Michaels and earned the moniker of ‘Legend Killer’. Orton also went on to defeat hardcore legend Mick Foley in a match involving some gruesome spots with thumbtacks and barbed wire at Backlash. Orton also won the Intercontinental Championship and held the title for seven long months.
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Following his Intercontinental championship reign, Orton won the World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Benoit, thus becoming the youngest ever to do so at the age of 24. However, he parted ways with Evolution soon after Triple H and Batista took him down the night after he won the championship. This started a feud with his former Evolution team mates that made Randy a crowd favourite again.
Throughout his career, Orton feuded with the likes of Batista, Ric Flair, Triple H, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and John Cena. An important milestone in Orton’s career was achieved when he won the 2009 Royal Rumble match with the help of Legacy team mates Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase.
Orton has always been one of those superstars that was heavily pushed by WWE creative. He went on to cash in his Money in the Bank contract against Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam 2013 and was endorsed as the new face of the company.
Orton continued to hold the title throughout 2013 managed to gain the win after some interference or the other. All this while, Daniel Bryan kept gaining momentum and vocal support from the WWE Universe.
Orton’s reign came to an end at WrestleMania XXX in a triple threat match against Daniel Bryan and Batista.
In the recent draft and brand extension, Orton was drafted to SmackDown Live alongside big names such as John Cena, AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose.
Orton has always been the man playing opposite to John Cena, always seen as the number 2 guy in the company. But how well does it pay off to still be one of the company's top guys?
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Randy Orton makes $2.7 million a year, that along with bonuses such as percentages of his merch and PPV shares. While most WWE contracts make the talent pay for their own transportation, WWE covers Randy Orton’s, not bad being a top guy. According to Forbes Randy Orton is the 10th highest paid wrestler in the WWE.
Pretty good gig for someone who hears voices in their head.
On top of his salary and merch percentage, Orton also gets a winning bonus for when he wrestles at house shows or has big pay per view wins. Orton pulls in an extra $816,833 every time he wins a match.
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This number has gone up significantly in the past three years, probably to reward Orton for being a team player, in 2014 he was earning a $363,037 as a match bonus match bonus, a $500,000 dollar raise in two years time. Putting him higher on the list of top paid WWE Superstars, right up there with Cena, the highest paid Superstar.
According to the Viper’s 2016-2017 contract, he is set to make a salary of $2,818,075, over a million dollar addition for the veteran of the company. This contract’s rise in money would make sense after the company had The Beast Incarnate really bust open Orton’s head at Summerslam, giving Orton a concussion.
Randy Orton net worth – $15 million
The company might want to use the million dollar raise as a way to apologise for putting his career in jeopardy with Lesnar cutting Orton open.
The pay raise would continue his rise as one of the highest paid full-time WWE wrestlers, as most of the wrestlers ahead of him on the list are part-timers like John Cena, Triple H, and Brock Lesnar. The raise also keeps him ahead of up and comers like old rival Seth Rollins, who pulls in $ 2.4 million dollars a year or Roman Reigns who pulls in 2.1 million.
Randy Orton has also starred in a few movies, one being the WWE movie ‘12 Rounds 2: Reloaded’ which he starred in pulling in $284,091 for. He has also played a role in the movie ‘That’s What I Am’ making $216,450.
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Orton has a $1.4 million dollar house in Saint Charles, Missouri. Where he lives with his wife and child, when he is not on the road touring with the WWE. Orton also does quite alright in endorsement deals,
Altogether Randy Orton’s being a long term veteran and a top guy in the company helps him out a lot when it comes to a paycheck. Between his wrestling paycheck, merch money, acting and advertisements/endorsements Randy Orton’s total net worth is around 15 million dollars. Not bad for someone who hears voices in their head.
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