We all know that current WWE Superstars, particularly those at the top of the card, can be paid pretty well.
But it isn’t only the current stars on big contracts, as the top stars from yesteryear have also brought in the big bucks.
In fact, SK Wrestling published an article last year, showing just how much the top stars in WWE history are earning compared to the wrestlers at the top of the card right now.
Below is a ranking of several top WWE stars, including Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Triple H, Roman Reigns, The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and their base salaries at the height of their careers.
The list does make for some rather interesting reading, particularly when comparing salaries throughout the different generations of wrestling…
- Brock Lesnar $12 million
- Stone Cold Steve Austin $12 million (1999)
- Hulk Hogan $10 million (1987-89)
- John Cena $9.5 million (2016)
- Roman Reigns $5 million
- Randy Orton $4.5 million
- Mike Tyson $3.5 million (1998)
- AJ Styles $3 million
- Kevin Owens $3 million
- Seth Rollins $3 million
- Goldberg $3 million
- The Undertaker $2.5 million
- The Miz $2.5 million
- Ultimate Warrior $2 million (1990-91)
- Triple H $2 million (2006)
- Dolph Ziggler $1.5 million
- Ronda Rousey $1.2 million
- Sheamus $1 million
- Becky Lynch $1 million
- Shawn Michaels $1 million (2006)
As the numbers above show, talent at the top of WWE can earn anywhere from the $1m that Shawn Michaels was earning in 2006, to the staggering $12m figure that Stone Cold brought in 199.
It’s worth noting that the figures above are believed to be the talent’s base yearly salaries, so the numbers will go up with additional bonuses, appearance fees, video game money and more.
You can check out a complete list of the 16 highest-paid stars in WWE right now by clicking right here.