In order to maintain its position as the biggest professional wrestling organization in the world, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has aggressively bought rivals throughout its history. Each wrestler receives a base salary, known as a “downside guarantee,” which the company negotiates with each performer. They also receive additional payments when events are successful and a percentage of the proceeds from products that feature their likeness.
As a hybrid of prize fighters and entertainers, wrestlers receive pay that includes performance fees determined by a formula based on where they appear in each event. Naturally, matches in the main event pay more than those in the supporting cast. Additionally, talent receives a cut of gear sales, which includes 25% of the money made from the sales of goods via third-party licensees in addition to 5% of direct sales at venues and on the WWE website.
The amount paid for a performance depends greatly on the size and prestige of the event, with non-televised events paying the least and stadium supershows like WrestleMania paying well into the seven figures. Gross pay before taxes is calculated based on WWE records, evaluation of each wrestler’s performance and sales metrics, and interviews with analysts and experts in the field.
A successful career at the WWE requires a lot of commitment and hard work. Professional wrestlers dedicate years to specialized training, physique, and skill development. For a top position in the extremely lucrative entertainment industry, they endure severe, potentially fatal injuries.
List Of Top 10 Highest Paid Wrestlers In The World 2022
1. Brock Lesnar -$15 Million
Lesnar is a mixed martial artist and professional wrestler from the United States and Canada. He was also a professional American football player and amateur wrestler. He was born in Webster, South Dakota, on July 12, 1977.
WWE (World Heavyweight) Champion, UFC Heavyweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion, and IWGP Heavyweight Champion are among the titles that Lesnar has held. In professional wrestling, he has won the world championship five times.
2. John Cena -$13 Million
John Cena is without a doubt the most well-known and adored wrestler in the history of the WWE among children worldwide. Although John Cena is best known for his professional wrestling in the WWE, he is also a successful actor and TV host. He was born in the United States on April 23, 1977.
Beginning his wrestling career in 1999, Cena has never looked back and has continued to be in the public eye. He has won the WWE United States Championship (13 times), the World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), and other championships (5 times). In addition, he was the winner of Slammy Awards and the Royal Rumble twice (10 times).
The most prosperous WWE wrestler of all time is Cena.
3. Roman Reigns -$10 Million
He is currently the WWE superstar who the world loves the most. He was born in Pensacola, Florida, on May 25, 1985. He is a professional wrestler, actor, and former football player.
Reigns has had a very fruitful and inspirational wrestling career thus far. He has won the 2015 Royal Rumble, the WWE Championship, the WWE Tag Team Championship, the WWE World Championship four times, and the 2014 Superstar of the Year award.
Roman Reigns is one of the highest-paid wrestlers in the WWE as of 2022, bringing in roughly $10 million annually.
4. Adam Scherr -$8.5 Million
Adam Scherr, who was born in the United States on September 6, 1983, goes by the ring name Braun Strowman. With a yearly pay of $8.5 million, he is another WWE superstar who earns the highest compensation in 2022.
Strowman has held the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship and the WWE Intercontinental Championship one each (2 times). In addition, he twice won the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Championship, twice took first place in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and once took first place in the WWE Year-End Award for Male Superstar of the Year. Additionally, he is still holding onto the WWE Universal Championship.
5. Seth Rollins -$7.5 Million
He was a professional wrestler for the United States and was born there on May 28, 1986.
Rollins has won numerous pro wrestling championships, including the FCW Grand Slam Championship, the first NXT Championship, the WWE Championship, the United States Championship, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and many others. In addition, he served as the cover athlete for WWE 2K18, a computer game about professional wrestling.
6. Randy Ortan -$7 Million
Randy Ortan, the highest-paid wrestler in 2022 and the youngest WWE World Champion in company history, is another well-known WWE superstar. Orton receives a yearly salary of about $7 million, according to sources.
Orton was born on April 1st, 1980 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is an American actor and professional wrestler. He made his wrestling debut in 2000 and is currently one of the most popular WWE superstars. Throughout his tenure in WWE wrestling, he has won numerous championships, including the World Championship (9 times), WWE World Heavyweight Championship (4 times), WWE Intercontinental Championship, and the WWE United States Championship.
7. Drew McIntyre -$6 Million
At WrestleMania 36, Drew McIntyre defeated Brock Lesner to win the WWE Championship. He is currently receiving attention, and his demands will enable him start receiving a salary of $6 million per year as of 2022.
Professional wrestler McIntyre competed in WWE matches. He was born in Scotland on June 6th, 1985. He started his wrestling career in 2001 and has since enjoyed great success and acclaim. He has won the NXT Championship, the Thirty-first Triple Crown, the WWE Intercontinental Championship, and other titles with WWE. He also triumphed in the 2020 Men’s Royal Rumble.
8. Bobby Lashley -$5 Million
American-born Professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Bobby Lashley. He was born on July 16, 1976, in Junction City, America. He won the WWE United States Championship once, the WWE Intercontinental Championship twice, and the ECW World Championship twice.
In 2020, Lashley did return to WWE and win the Intercontinental Championship twice.
9. The Undertaker -$3 Million
The Undertaker, often known as Dead Man, has been a wrestler for the WWE for a very long time. In WWE history, he is recognized as the most well-liked and greatest professional wrestler ever. Mark William Calaway is his true name, and he is currently under contract with WWE. He was born on March 24, 1965, in Houston, Texas, and is a professional wrestler.
Three times World Heavyweight Champion, four-time WWF/WWE Champion, one-time WWF Hardcore Champion, etc., The Undertaker has had an impressive WWE career. He was one of the most important players of the Attitude Era, which made wrestling popular all over the world.
10. Dolph Ziggler -$2.8 Million
With a salary of over $2.8 million per year, Dolph Ziggler succeeds himself as one of the highest-paid WWE superstars in 2022. He is a professional wrestler and stand-up comic who was born in the United States. On July 27, 1980, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States.
In 2004, Ziggler began his career as a wrestler for WWE. He has won the WWE United States Championship twice, the World Heavyweight Championship once, and the WWE Intercontinental Championship once.