Now that 2018 is well and truly upon us, we could sit back and reflect how 2017 panned out for the world of professional wrestling and sports entertainment. The WWE had a good year making some good new signings, an influx of new talent impressing down in NXT and some great matches taking place at live television events and at the PPV’s. Some performers impressed more than the others and thus it is surprising to see the list of the top 10 paid wrestlers in the WWE in 2017.
With the advent of 2018, Forbes, one of the biggest magazines in the world has released a list which reveals which active performers are the highest paid employees in the World Wrestling Entertainment. Unsurprisingly, the list is topped by none other than two of the biggest draws in the business right now, Brock Lesnar and John Cena. The pair roped in $12m and $8m respectively, despite not being full-time performers with the company anymore. Triple H rounds up the top 3 and he too isn’t a full-time performer despite being paid $3.8m.
Roman Reigns who Vince McMahon is desperately trying to push as the next franchise player of the company comes fourth on the list, earning $3.5m followed by his real-life best friend and SHIELD brother Dean Ambrose who despite being the workhorse of the company and competing in the most number of matches on TV events, PPVs and house shows, earned around $2.7m.
Current WWE champion AJ Styles who is widely regarded as the best wrestler in the world along with Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada earned around $2.4m. The lower part of the list is again dominated by part-times as Shane McMahon comes in at number 7 earning around $2.2m. The Undertaker is at the 8th spot earning $2m despite only showing up during Wrestlemania season. Seth Rollins, one of the most impressive performers in the company too made around $2m. The list is completed with Randy Orton coming in at the 10th spot making around $1.9m dollars. Surprisingly, for all of WWE’s claims of a women’s revolution, none of the women featured on the top 10 of the list.
Here are the top 10 earners in the WWE in 2017:
1. Brock Lesnar – $12M
2. John Cena – $10M
3. Triple H – $3.8M
4. Roman Reigns – $3.5M
5. Dean Ambrose – $2.7M
6. AJ Styles – $2.4M
7. Shane O’Mac – $2.2M
8. Undertaker – $2 M
9. Seth Rollins – $2 M
10. Randy Orton – $1.9 M