There are many types of sports played in the world. All modes of entertainment and sports are cherished by people of all ages and mentality. Wrestling is one of the most talked about sports in the whole world. This sport has the most fan following in the world and the wrestlers are considered as god for billions of people all across the world. Out of all the wrestling entertainment businesses, WWE is the most famous and dominates this list.
There are crazy fans all across the world but every one cannot be rated as the best of them all. The list below will share all the richest wrestlers in the world in 2015. In USA, it is the fourth most followed sports after baseball, basketball and football and as of now WWE is broadcasted to over a 150 countries in more than 20 languages.
Generally, the live events are organized in the United States but the sport is equally popular in the UK where events are staged on a regular basis as well. Now with so much fan following, some wrestlers in the roster are very popular, and with popular comes bigger contracts and fatter pay checks. Here’s a look at the top 10 richest wrestlers in 2015 and 2016.
10. Rey Mysterio
The famous Mexican-American wrestler Oscar Gutierrez, also known as Ray Mysterio Jr., was making $985,000 till February 2015, as a five-year contract with the entertainment organization. In addition to his salary, he received a bonus of 4% for high merchandise, sales, and accommodations. But in late March, 2015, Ray was in the news for all the wrong reasons as a result of the incident happened during a match between Pedro Aguayo Ramirez where a blow to his head resulted in the latter’s loss of his life.
Net Worth: $ 7.5 million
9. Dolph Ziggler
He is also known as Nick Nemeth, makes $900,000 a year with a three-year contract, including his travel and accommodation. Got its name as Rolling Stone’s “WWE Wrestler of the Year” in 2014 Ziggler has managed to win the world Heavyweight title twice and the Intercontinental championship four times. Known for his stamina at high intensity games which go on longer he has won the 2012 money in the bank and was also the sole survivor of Survivor Series elimination matches in 2012 and 2014.
Net Worth: $ 9 million
Sheamus also known as Stephen Farrelly is also a known face in the wrestling industry all across the world. He is te current WWE world champion. With an annual salary of around $1.3 million a year excluding expenses, he is also a big money drawer of the fan merchandise. He holds a contract with the WWE industry for five years and is looking forward to raise the price value and his stake in the industry. Sheamus, the Irish wrestler to win the WWE Championship and plays a negative role as the fans use to hate him when they see his fight during a match. Despite this negative role he plays, he embraces the role because of his high figure salary. This is pretty much impressive that a wrestler who joined the organisation in 2009 got such praise and reward from the industry that he is not in a mood to quit this entertainment industry.
Net Worth: $12million
7. Big Show
Paul Donald Wight, known as the world’s largest athlete goes by the stage name Big Show earns around $1.2 million a year with a three-year contract with the world wrestling organisation according to 2015 reports. His salary includes travel, accommodation and a personal tour bus from the WWE organisation.
The bus is being gifted to him because he is seven times world champion and the first wrestler to hold the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE/F Championship, the ECW World Championship, and the World Heavyweight Championship all at the same time. Not only in the wrestling entertainment, has big show had his name also in television and Hollywood industry.
He played some few roles in movies like Star Trek: Enterprise and The Waterboy and in television series like Burn Notice and Royal Pains. Clearly, Big Show knows how to earn big money from the entertainment industry.
Net Worth: $13 million
See Also; Top 10 Female Wrestlers in WWE
6. Randy Orton
Getting $1.6 million per year with a five-year contract, holds a percentage of merchandise sales, travel, and accommodation. He is paid for PPV venue as well along with his annual income. He is also famous for the negative role in the entertainment industry and also known for blatant disrespect of veteran wrestlers.
Randy has manged to win the WWE title 12 times and his signature finishing move is the RKO. Made headlines when he allegedly buried the Undertaker alive and burned his casket only for Undertaker to return back later. He was the final holder of the World Heavyweight title in WWE before it being merged with the world championship title.
He has a massive fan following and is called the viper by the. He generates massive revenues for WWE in merchandise sales with his cold yet likeable personality and has also starred in a few movies.
Net Worth: $15 million
5. The Undertaker
He is also known as Mark Callaway, makes around $2.25 million per year with a five-year contract and works part-time. He gets 7% bonus with merchandise sales, travel, and accommodation and also has a share of revenue from PPV in a main event. He has been a part of the WWE industry since 1990, making him the longest-tenured performer in the wrestling entertainment industry.
Everyone expects that the upcoming wrestle-mania will be his last fight in the ring, but he always comes back in the wrestling arena and the rumours fades away after his arrival. His signature moves include the tombstone biledriver from which very few emerge unscathed. Because of his long tenure, he is one of the highest paid wrestlers and loved by fans for his appearances to the wrestling arena and was undefeated in Wrestlemania till 2014, a feat unmatched and can hardly be surpassed.
Net Worth: $18 million
4. Kurt Angle
Currently the only wrestler outside the WWE federation, angle won gold at the 1996 Olympics despite having a broken neck. The only wrestler to have done wrestling back in his college days, he debuted with ECW and also worked with NWA but went largely unnoticed. He was signed by WWE in 1998 and got a big push with his image of being an American Hero because of the laurels he bought to his country. Angle managed to win WWE world championship title six times, the heavyweight championship one time and also the tag team championship.
He left WWE and went to TNA in 2008 to become their highest paid wrestler at a yearly salary of $500,000. He was won the championship a record six times and has headlined several of both WWE’s and TNA’s pay per views which has gone on to make massive revenues. His signature move is the angle lock which has led him to win many of his matches.
Net Worth: $20 million
3. Triple H
Goes by names such as “Hunter” and “The King” Paul Levesque debuted more than 20 years ago in professional wrestling. He worked in WCW a at first before coming into WWE and his character was modified into a Cerebral Assassin and named as Triple H.
He has managed to win a total of 23 world championships including being the WWE/WWF champion eight times and the Heavyweight champion five times. He ended up falling in love with the CEO’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon and have been married since 2003. He is now the COO of the company and draws an estimated salary of $1.5 million a year. So he turned from a brawler to a corporate businessman, quite the normal way to a White Collar job!
Net Worth: $25 million
2. John Cena
Easily the face of WWE Cena draws an annual salary of $2.75 million and is one of the most recognizable faces in the wrestling industry he is the current United States champion. Made his debuted in WWE in 2002 in a match against Kurt Angle which we almost won.
Cena became an instant fan favourite and went on to gimmick rappers during the initial stages of his career. Goes by taglines such as “Respect”, “Never Give up” both young and old look up to him as a source of inspiration. Actively participates in various public charities and foundations he has granted more ‘make a wish’ wishes than anyone else ever.
Cena has won the WWE world championship a record 15 times and has also won the United States championship five times making him as one of the most decorated wrestlers ever. He is currently 38 years old and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
Net Worth: $35 million
1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Unsurprisingly one of the richest wrestlers ever with a salary of $3.5 million annually is also a big name in Hollywood. Rock’s father was also into professional wrestling which fastracked his progress once his education was complete. Started off in WWE with a Hawaiian gimmick which didn’t catch much attention but his trash talking and being a member of The Nation of domination “the most electrifying superstar was born”. Later on he became the good guy and came to be known as “the people’s champion” and went on to win the WWE championship nine times.
He switched his attention to acting from 2001 and then switched to full time, but occasionally returns to the ring having most recently competed John Cena in two back-to back Wrestle mania finales in which he won one and lost the other. He is a part of the hugely popular Fast and the Furious movie series and has also acted in hits such as Journey 2, G.I joe and Hercules.
Net Worth: $125 million
Top 10 Richest Wrestlers in the World 2016 All Over The World
|Sr No.||Names ( Net Worth )|
|1||Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ( $125 million )|
|2||John Cena ( $35 million )|
|3||Triple H ( $25 million )|
|4||Kurt Angle ( $20 million )|
|5||The Undertaker ( $18 million )|
|6||Randy Orton ( $15 million )|
|7||Big Show ( $13 million )|
|8||Sheamus ( $12million )|
|9||Dolph Ziggler ( $9 million )|
|10||Rey Mysterio ( $7.5 million )|