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It doesn't matter who you are, there's a good chance that, when younger, you probably wrestled with your siblings, cousins or friends, pretending to do things like the "People's Elbow" or Bill Goldberg's vaunted "Spear" finisher. Hell, I was so into WWE in 7th grade that my buddies and I even created a basement wrestling federation, giving ourselves fake names and go-to moves.
Needless to say, every kid has probably wondered what it was like to be a WWE Superstar.
Problem is, unlike other sports, the salaries of the biggest stars in the biggest wrestling federation on the planet aren't in the millions and millions of dollars—or, so we thought.
That's because Forbes just released a top-10 list of the highest-paid WWE Superstars and, holy shit, some of these guys make serious coin.
Here's the list:
- 1. Brock Lesnar - $12 Million
- 2. John Cena - $8 Million
- 3. Triple H - $3.8 Million
- 4. Roman Reigns - $3.5 Million
- 5. Dean Ambrose - $2.7 Million
- 6. A.J. Styles - $2.4 Million
- 7. Shane McMahon - $2.2 Million
- 8. The Undertaker - $2 Million
- 9. Seth Rollins - $2 Million
- 10. Randy Orton - $1.9 Million
The first thing that stands out to me from this list? The fact that Brock Lesnar—who only appeared in a handful of WWE events in 2016—commanded the highest salary, beating out the likes of his other big-name peers like Triple H and Roman Reigns.
Another noteworthy name is The Undertaker, who recently retired following his appearance at WrestleMania a couple of weeks ago after a decades-long career that saw him become one of the most beloved wrestlers of all-time. The fact that he was pulling in "only" $2 million seems ridiculousness when you consider all he did for the federation—but, hey, he and his agent negotiate his deal, so he was clearly OK with the figure.
These guys put their bodies on the line each and every time they step into the ring, so, while that's not something you or I would prefer to do on the reg, it's good to see that they're at least compensated for the efforts.