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The top 10 highest paid stars in the WWE in 2015

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We all know that WWE is a multi-million dollar business, this weekend's WrestleMania 32 will prove as much when a 100,000 people fill Dallas' AT&T Stadium and millions more watch events unfold on TV.

But, while Vince McMahon and the WWE's shareholders line their pockets, which of the main roster Superstars are actually bringing in the biggest pay cheque?

Thanks to an article from Forbes magazine this week we now know the answer after the business publication revealed the WWE's biggest earners in 2015. The top five certainly makes interesting reading considering the current situation the company finds itself in.

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According to the magazine, the WWE paid out around $31 million to the ten highest earners last year.

The vast majority of that, though, went to just five Superstars. Here's how it all breaks down.

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Dean Ambrose - $1.1 million
Kane - $1.3 million
Big Show - $1.5 million
Undertaker - $2 million
Roman Reigns - $2.1 million

5) Seth Rollins - $2.4 million

Not many WWE fans would begrudge Rollins a big pay day after his efforts in 2015. Holding the WWE title for 220 days, the former Shield member enjoyed a breakout year.

Unfortunately, his momentum was interrupted when he suffered an ACL injury in November. Clearly, though, that didn't have too much of a negative impact on his bank balance. 

WWE SummerSlam 2015

4) Randy Orton - $2.7 million

Considering the veteran Superstar has been out of action since October, some fans may argue he doesn't deserve to be compensated so well.

However, 2015 did mark a significant drop off for The Viper who's earnings, per Forbes, used to sit well above the $3 million mark. Being forced to miss so many PPVs and TV shows has clearly taken its toll.

WWE SummerSlam 2015

3) Triple H - $2.8 million

It isn't surprising to see HHH take a spot in the top three WWE earners. A dominant figure in the business both on screen and backstage, Triple H has the best of both worlds. 

According to Forbes, $1.8 million of his earnings were reward for his in-ring work while his role as COO brought in $1 million.

Set to main event WrestleMania this weekend, his 2016 earnings will probably be even higher.

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2) Brock Lesnar - $6 million

The top two Superstars really are in a league of their own when it comes to earnings. Buoyed by a new deal signed in 2015, 'The Beast Incarnate' has translated his position as one of the WWE's biggest draws into one of its most well-paid wrestlers.

The disparity between his huge pay packet and the limited number of appearances he actually makes, however, will likely be the subject of quite a bit of jealousy amongst his peers.

WWE SummerSlam 2015

1) John Cena - $9.5 million

There was only ever going to be one winner. John Cena has been the face of the WWE for over a decade and it reaping the rewards despite not being in the main title picture for some time now.

Combining a huge base salary with the WWE's most successful merchandise sales, the veteran's earnings weren't too severely affected by his injury issues in 2015.

With his movie career beginning to take off, too, the only way is up for Cena even if fans are a little tired of his in-ring work.

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WWE fans: Do you agree with the list? Which star is earning too much? Have your say in the comments below...

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