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 10 richest WWE superstars who have not only broken, but shattered that glass ceiling.
10. The Undertaker ($16 Million)
For 25 years, this man has made the WWE ring his own yard. Perhaps that’s the reason he makes more money in one match than most of the entire roster does in a full year. The Phenom has earned the luxury of bagging a six figure pay by occupying that special spot in the Wrestlemania card every single year.
We will probably never see anyone garner the amount of respect and popularity that WWE’s resident Deadman has attained over the last couple of decades. He is arguably the most recognizable pro wrestling figure of all time and continues to amaze and entertain fans all around the world ‘til this very day.
The Undertaker has not aged very well and it is pretty clear to all of us that the current run he is in is pretty much his final one. Once his legendary career is over, the Undertaker can rest in peace with $16 million in the bank.
9. Brock Lesnar ($16 Million)
Brock Lesnar is living the pro wrestling dream. The man known as the Beast Incarnate is being compensated with millions of dollars every year for headlining only a handful of major PPVs in addition to walking around like a Gorilla and shrieking like a 12 year old girl. He has renewed his contract earlier this year, which means that the $16 million net worth is only likely to increase in the coming years.
It is a privilege for WWE and its fans to be entertained by the only man in the world to have won the NCAA World Heavyweight Championship, the UFC World Heavyweight Championship and the Undisputed WWE Championship.
The Mayor of Suplex City is a prized fighter and he will not settle for anything less than what he is truly worth.
8. Shawn Michaels ($17 Million)
The showstopper, the icon, Mr. Wrestlemania, the Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels has amassed quite a fortune during his unforgettable run with the WWE that spanned over two decades.
There was hardly ever a stage in HBK’s career where he did not earn a considerable annual salary. In fact, the older Michaels got, the more lucrative his contract became. It is safe to say that the man who once posed naked for Playgirl magazine has come a long way since the early days of debauchery and has earned the respect of almost everyone who is associated with pro wrestling (including the random extras he super-kicked for no apparent reason).