Many wrestling fans have been wondering how much their favorite WWE superstars earn. Luckily, Forbes has listed the top 10 highest-paid wrestlers of the 2015 using details about superstar contracts, court documents, SEC filings and industry experts’ estimates.
No. 1 – John Cena ($9.5 million)
John Cena tops the list of the top 10 highest-paid wrestlers with an estimated $9.5 million earned in 2015. According to Forbes, the 15-time WWE champion has the highest base salary among WWE performers as well as the highest-selling merchandise.
Cena has also starred in minor roles in films like “Trainwreck,” “Sisters” and “Daddy’s Home.” If he follows the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dave Bautista in Hollywood, Cena could earn more in the future.
No. 2 – Brock Lesnar ($6 million)
Second on the list is “The Beast” Brock Lesnar with an estimated $6 million. The former UFC champion is just a part-time wrestler but his presence and star-power justifies his salary.
No. 3 – Paul “Triple H” Levesque ($2.8 million)
The WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative is also a part-time wrestler who barely wrestles on television. He has a $1 million base salary as well as earnings via his role backstage and executive position.
No. 4 – Randy Orton ($2.7 million)
Next on the list is “The Viper” who is one of the most recognizable names in the wrestling industry. His base salary makes up most of his 2015 earnings.
No. 5 – Colby “Seth Rollins” Lopez ($2.4 million)
The former WWE champion rounds out the top five with $2.4 million. His earnings are a combination of his base salary and workload. Before his knee injury last year, he was in 11-straight pay-per-views.
No. 6 – Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoa’i ($2.1 million)
Another newcomer on the top 10 highest-paid wrestlers list is Roman Reigns. His push has definitely put him in the spotlight and has earned himself a good amount of money.
No. 7 – Mark “The Undertaker” Callaway ($2 million), No. 8 – Paul “The Big Show” Wight ($1.5 million) and No. 9 – Glenn “Kane” Jacobs ($1.3 million)
These are three veterans who has earned their high base salary. The Undertaker is part-time wrestler while The Big Show and Kane perform full-time.
No. 10 – Jonathan “Dean Ambrose” Good ($1.1 million)
“The Lunatic Fringe” round out the top 10 highest-paid wrestlers of 2015. Just like his former SHIELD partners, Ambrose was in the main event scene and has worked tirelessly on house shows and live events.
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