HE WWE’s highest earners from the past year have been revealed with a number of the company’s biggest stars topping the list.
The world’s largest wrestling company rakes in billions of dollars a year and its superstars are rewarded handsomely for their efforts, reports.
Fresh from the biggest event in their calendar, WrestleMania, the salaries of the Raw and SmackDown Live talents have been unveiled by Forbes.
And there is a surprise name or two within the top ten money men.
Worked out via WWE’s public filings, booking contracts and pay documents, here’s how much the grappling stars pulled in last year — based on their salary and bonus payments for their live performances and merchandise sales.
10. RANDY ORTON — $2.53m ($US1.9m)
He recovered from a brutal loss to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam to win the Royal Rumble and the WWE World Title against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania.
=8. SETH ROLLINS — $2.66m ($US2m)
Rollins was out for months with injury but returned in the summer and is one of the biggest faces of the Raw brand.
Surprisingly, he earns the least out of his former Shield brothers Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.
=8. THE UNDERTAKER — $2.66m ($US2m)
The legend, who now looks like he has retired from the ring, was always going to be on the list despite only being on a part-time schedule.
7. SHANE MCMAHON — $2.93m ($US2.2m)
He only had three matches, but the son of WWE owner Vince McMahon comes in at seventh on the list.
Shane is also the SmackDown Live commissioner.
6. AJ STYLES — $3.2m ($US2.4m)
Styles has enjoyed an incredible year since arriving in WWE in January 2016 and is one of the most popular stars in the company.
5. DEAN AMBROSE — $3.59m ($US2.7m)
One of the most active men on the roster when it comes to taking part in matches.
That, along with his merchandise sales, ensured Ambrose pocketed a decent wedge.
4. ROMAN REIGNS — $4.66m ($US3.5m)
Not many eyebrows will be raised to see Reigns as one of the top dogs on the list.
Reigns is the highest-paid full-time athlete in the WWE.
3. TRIPLE H — $5.06m ($US3.8m)
Topped off with his sporadic in-ring appearances, the Game ranks third on the earners list.
2. JOHN CENA — $10.65m ($US8m)
He might still be the biggest star in WWE — but he does not have the highest salary.
Cena’s merchandise is the top seller for the company, and although he does not compete all-year round, he continues to make millions for the company and himself.
1. BROCK LESNAR — $15.98m ($US12m)
The star attraction of the company, people pay big money to see the Beast in action.
McMahon seems happy to pay him the big bucks to keep him around, even though he only wrestles a handful of matches a year.
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