Despite many people degrading and demeaning it as a fake sport, WWE is indeed a very demanding profession for the wrestlers which perform the craft. The wrestlers put their bodies on the line each and every time they step into the ring and sometimes sustain some horrific injuries, but still put on a show for the massive crowds which gather in the arena to see them in action.
That’s why it is only fair that they are paid handsomely for their troubles and some of the athletes who have become global sensations are paid millions of dollars stage a scripted fight.
Here we take a look at a few of the richest pro-wrestlers in the world and their respective net worths:
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson became one of the poster boys of the Attitude Era, the boom period of professional wrestling along with his eternal rival Stone Cold Steve Austin. This enabled him to launch a successful acting career, where he has become one of the highest paid actors in the world. His success in both the fields has led to him accumulating a net worth of over $190m.
John Cena climbed the top of the mountain in the WWE and was the franchise player of the company for over a decade despite being a polarizing figure among the fans. He has now transitioned into a part-time role with the company and is in the middle of launching a successful acting career himself. His net worth is around the $55m mark.
Another cornerstone of the Attitude Era and the son-in-law of WWE owner Vince McMahon, Paul Levesque aka Triple H has now transitioned into a backstage role becoming the COO of the company and also the promoter of WWE’s third brand NXT. He also occasionally gears up to wrestle in the ring when the big events like Wrestlemania come rolling around and he has a net worth of $40m.
Hulk Hogan is recently back in the news after he made a comeback to the WWE at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia after being blacklisted by the company for over two years for his racist tirade which was caught on tape. Still, no one can deny that wrestling today is a global phenomenon due to Hogan’s popularity and the immortal one has a net worth of over $25m.
The current Universal Champion Brock Lesnar who is soon set to return to the UFC to face off against Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time. So it is easy to say that Lesnar has the best of both worlds as he earns money from both the multi-million-pound corporations. He works in the WWE on a part-time capacity but his per-appearance fees are the highest in the company. Lesnar’s net worth is believed to be around the $22m mark.