In the past two years, WWE has signed some of the biggest deals in wrestling history, bringing in an unprecedented amount of money.
But even so, WWE estimated that it would be necessary to part with 20 wrestlers and 300 employees in April to save money while the coronavirus continues to ravage society as we know it.
Kurt Angle, Rusev and Zack Ryder were among them, but WWE continues to make people millionaires up and down in their business, even in the difficult times of a conronavirus pandemic.
When WWE made lucrative television deals with the U.S. network and FOX – especially the latter – in addition to a 10-year deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that will bring them around $ 1 billion, WWE started blocking talent for a lot more money.
Forbes looked at the top salaries – still on the WWE list – which includes President Vince McMahon’s son and daughter, who make the list due more to their executive roles.
Forbes says he calculates gross pre-tax wages using WWE documents, an analysis of individual wrestlers’ performance and sales metrics, and interviews with industry experts and analysts.
According to the magazine, WWE pays each wrestler a basic income – called a “downside guarantee,” which is negotiated with each artist, plus extra payments when events go well, and reduced sales of merchandise that use their image.
Since the emergence of the rival promotion, AEW, guarantees have crossed the million dollar mark.
10. Braun Strowman – $ 1.9 million (£ 1.5 million)
The monster among men, who is now the universal champion, signed a new contract last year with a $ 1.2 million guarantee, but given its use at major events, it nearly surpassed the $ 2 million mark.
9. Stephanie McMahon – $ 2 million (£ 1.6 million)
Similar to her husband Triple H, McMahon earns money from her television presence and her real role as brand manager. Her primary income comes from the latter, as she has rarely been on television in the past year, but she has been involved in a significant angle with Ronda Rousey before that.
8. Shane McMahon – $ 2.1 (£ 1.7 million)
Brother of Stephanie and the boss’s son, Shane McMahon has only wrestled 15 times in 2019, but has participated in high profile events – Royal Rumble and WrestleMania included – and has had his longest stretch in the ring in years. decades. He no longer has WWE stock, but worked behind the scenes at the Royal Rumble 2020.
7. Goldberg – $ 3 million (£ 2.4 million)
The WCW icon received a $ 2 million gain for his Saudi Arabia disaster with The Undertaker, then fought Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam. For what he does, it’s a lot of money.
6. Becky Lynch – $ 3.1 million (£ 2.5 million)
The Man kayfabed everyone about a new social media deal, but in reality he signed it after the main WrestleMania 35 contest. Having also titled TLC and Survivor Series in late 2019, she makes a nice penny. Now she is taking a break from the struggle to start a family with Seth Rollins and she announced her pregnancy to RAW in mid-May. WWE will pay her during this period.
5. Triple H – $ 3.3 million (£ 2.6 million)
Like his wife, Triple H has an executive salary of $ 706,019, but he also earned $ 502,146 in share awards and $ 102,950 in incentive compensation. Of course, he is also paid as an interpreter and that made him about $ 2 million in 2019. He retired from Batista at WrestleMania 35, wrestled with Randy Orton in Saudi Arabia and was presented to the NXT television in the weeks leading up to the Survivor Series.
4. Seth Rollins – $ 4 million (£ 3 million)
Rollins was the universal champion for a good half of 2019 and faced Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania and SummerSlam. He has been a main event player for some time and his Monday night gadget has also changed his t-shirt. 2019 was a good year for the old shield.
3. Randy Orton – $ 4.1 million (£ 3.3 million)
Orton signed a new agreement in November and openly explained how he used AEW and their interest in leverage, which AEW owner Tony Khan did not appreciate. It is understood that the 18-year-old veteran could earn more than $ 6 million in 2020 while working on a reduced schedule.
2. Roman Reigns – $ 5 million (£ 4 million)
Reigns has been anointed as the heir to the throne of John Cena’s poster for some time now and the new agreement he signed in August of last year has the greatest guarantee of full time in the ‘company. His return from the fight against leukemia last year saw him get major clashes alongside The Shield before getting mid-card programs to tie up for the rest of the year. Considering he didn’t do much in terms of world title angles, he did well financially.
1. Brock Lesnar – $ 10 million (£ 8 million)
WWE’s biggest supporter, Lesnar has only wrestled nine times in the past 12 months. It is a huge draw and will be negotiating a new deal in the near future after signing its last three-year deal at the end of 2018. It apparently appears for a flat rate and a la carte purchases or network subscriptions n ‘have no effect his salary as he does other talents. Lesnar has only appeared more since Paul Heyman took control of Monday Night Raw, so 2020 should be a huge source of income for the 42-year-old.