Top 20 Richest WWE Stars of 2015
If you think the only thing that matters in the WWE is top notch pro wrestling, you are sadly mistaken. As CM Punk – oops, I mean CM Quitter — once said, “Here’s the truth about the WWE. It does not matter if you are the best wrestler, it does not matter if you are the best talker, it does not matter if you are the best overall performer and it does not matter if you make Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler look like amateur hour, there is a glass ceiling and nobody is allowed to break it”.
You might hate CM Punk for calling WWE “fake” and pretending to be a UFC fighter, but there’s a lot of truth to what he said in that promo. The only way to break that proverbial glass ceiling is by putting butts in seats, selling out arenas and making Vince McMahon’s wallet fatter. As long as you do that, the great evil Mr. McMahon will make sure that you stay filthy rich long after you’ve put on your last show in a WWE ring.
The following is a list of the 20 richest WWE superstars who have not only broken, but shattered that glass ceiling.
20. Mick Foley ($15 million)
Who says taking sick bumps can’t turn into a lucrative career? Just ask Mick Foley (and the main guys from Jackass). Foley has parlayed over three decades of putting his life and health on the line into a very comfortable nest egg for himself. Though he has retired as a WWE performer, he still makes the occasional PPV appearance for the company. He’s also the general manager of Pro Wrestling Syndicate and even performed for OMEGA Wrestling in a one-off match in early 2015.
His fortunes have also been bolstered by his multi-part autobiography series repeatedly hitting #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, as well as his other critically acclaimed children’s books and novels for young adults. He even makes film and television appearances, and was a favorite guest when John Stewart was hosting the Daily Show.
19. Bret Hart ($14 million)
One of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time has also amassed one of the greatest wrestling treasure piles of all time. Hart stayed active with the WWE well into his 50s, even winning a United States Championship at age 53, and has been rewarded with a fortune in the double-digit millions.
While his recent appearances with the company have been limited to speaking roles every few months, he’s got an autobiography that still sells pretty well. And though the Hart Dungeon is gone, the family still runs a training camp for promising wrestlers. All in all, not a bad run for a guy in pink spandex.
18. Edge ($14 million)
A neck injury forced Edge out of competition in 2011, but not before he’d stacked up double-digit money. His role with the company these days is the same as every other vet they have signed who can no longer perform — once every few months or so he guest-hosts a RAW or comes out for some sort of special segment. But he’s obviously still getting paid, considering he’s among the wealthiest men in company history.
Edge’s fortunes have been helped greatly by a successful transition to an acting career after getting injured. He was a regular cast member on the SyFy series Haven, he’s currently playing a villain on The Flash, and he lands the odd movie role here and there too.