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WWE: Top 10 highest-paid WWE wrestlers in 2022

Apart from Brock Lesnar, John Cena also earns around $8.5 Million but him being a part-timer he is not added to the list.

WWE superstars Roman Reigns, the Usos and Paul Heyman in a file photo. (Image credits: twitter)
By Blesson Daniel | Dec 1, 2022 | 6 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Highest-paid WWE wrestlers in 2022 – The wrestling industry is worth millions of dollars, and the most famous wrestlers earn large sums. The “beast incarnate” Brock Lesnar was paid more than $15 million in 2021, making him the highest-paid wrestler in the company.

On average, an entry-level WWE wrestler may expect to make between $100,000 and $500,000 annually. The top US sportsbooks assist in building anticipation for forthcoming events, and the most respected businesses in the industry can generate a good living off of WWE events.

In professional wrestling, things are a little different from the NBA and NFL where wages are freely publicized. The WWE is also lacking in terms of any form of collective or public bargaining, in addition to the lack of free agents.

The other wrestlers in the organization have contracts, unlike The Rock. Wrestlers offer the WWE promotion exclusive rights to schedule them for events so that the promotion may then sell TV broadcasting rights and ticket sales for such events.

Additionally, a WWE contract enables the promotion to bargain for the wrestler in publishing and merchandise agreements. Despite all the fine print, most wrestlers adore the contract’s royalties and payout clause. The WWE contract gives performers a basic wage as well as a cut of gate and merchandise sales.

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Here are the top 10 highest-paid WWE wrestlers in 2022

10. Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens on Monday Night Raw. (Image credits: wwe.com)
Kevin Owens on Monday Night Raw. (Image credits: wwe.com)

According to Dave Meltzer and Fightful Select, Owens earns between $2 and $3 million annually. The contract is reportedly for three years. It was initially planned for Owens’ WWE contract to conclude much later, but in 2019 he revised it such that it would terminate at the end of January 2022. A few months ago, WWE and Owens started discussing a new contract. Additionally, he had a bout at “WrestleMania” on the biggest platform possible against “The Rattle Snake” Stone Cold Steve Austin. It is reported Owens earns around $2 Million.

9. The Miz

The Miz in a file photo [Image-Twitter]
The Miz in a file photo [Image-Twitter]

The term “Hollywood A-lister” is more than simply a WWE catchphrase. The Miz’s income is heavily reliant on this gimmick even though he has been a WWE Superstar for more than a decade. Since so few wrestlers can make this claim, it’s a significant accomplishment. Only a few big personalities spent their time with the Vince McMahon-owned company without incident. The individual in question, who began as a rookie player, rose to the top of the organization and had a WrestleMania main event to his credit. The Miz pay stays at the top tier because of being a marquee for some events. He was consistently under contract with WWE for lengthy periods, which guaranteed him higher salaries. His annual salary is reported to be around $2.5 Million.

8. The Undertaker

The Undertaker in a file photo [Image-twitter@undertaker]
The Undertaker in a file photo [[email protected]]

The Undertaker, a renowned wrestler, is just in a different league. The Dead Man, a well-known figure in the wrestling world, has provided many memorable moments. The Man from the Darkside, who is now enjoying retirement, will eventually decide to return to the ring. However, that does not imply that his income is insufficient. After retiring from professional wrestling, The Undertaker appeared in films, TV programs, and several video game franchises. According to reports, he makes about $2.5 each year.

7. Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch in a file photo on WWE RAW [Image-Twitter@WWE]
Becky Lynch in a file photo on WWE RAW [[email protected]]

Becky Lynch has made a name for herself as one of the most well-liked WWE wrestlers over the past nine years. In addition to being one of the most accomplished, the 35-year-old has won six Women’s Championships. Lynch returned to the ring at the 2021 SummerSlam and won the SmackDown Women’s Championship in a matter of seconds after having over a year out to give birth to her first child with her husband, Seth Rollins. Later, when they moved brands in the 2021 Draft, she traded her championship with the RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.

Lynch has made multiple attempts to reclaim the RAW Women’s Title since losing it to Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 38. She competed in her final effort against Belair in a championship bout at SummerSlam 2022. She fell short, though. Big Time Becks turned babyface after the match and shook her opponent’s hand. With an estimated yearly compensation of $3.1 million, Lynch is presently the highest-paid female wrestler in WWE.

6. AJ Styles

AJ Styles in a file photo. (Image credits: wwe.com)
AJ Styles in a file photo. (Image credits: wwe.com)

In addition to being a Grand Slam Champion last year at Wrestlemania 37 by capturing the Raw Tag Team Championships, AJ has won two WWE Championships in his career. The Phenomenal One’s first WWE contract was due to expire in the spring or summer, and he would have entered free agency later this year after Wrestlemania. Additionally, he would have become a free agent as a result of leaving NJPW before joining WWE in January 2016. But WWE anticipated that AJ Styles would have many suitors, so they made sure that his status is no less. Currently, AJ Styles is in a feud with The Judgemental Day. His reported annual compensation is around $3.5 Million.

5. Triple H

Triple H in a file photo [Image-Twitter]
Triple H in a file photo [Image-Twitter]

Even though The Game is retired he would be always remembered as a legend for the work and heart he gave to professional wrestling. But it can be said someday down the road we may get to see the 53-year-old getting back in the ring and bringing the game to his next opponent. But even though he doesn’t wrestle, he is looking and making WWE better from the background making excellent creative decisions and taking things to another level. He is now the COO of WWE. His annual salary is reported to be around $3.5 Million.

4. Randy Orton

Randy Orton in a file photo [Image- Twitter]
Randy Orton in a file photo [Image- Twitter]

One of the names in wrestling that is the most well-known is Randy Orton. He now holds the distinction of being the youngest individual to ever take home the WWE Championship trophy. Orton has risen through the ranks of the professional wrestling business and is now able to collect a sizable salary from the company. He has been involved in the wrestling business since 2000, yet he is still recognized as a big figure, especially when it comes to pulling sizable spectators to WWE events hosted. He is currently out of action due to a gruesome back injury. He has got his surgery and recovering so let’s see when we will get to watch the Viper coming out of nowhere and hitting an RKO. His annual salary is reported to be around $4.5 Million

3. Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins in a file photo [Image- Insatagram@wweindia]
Seth Rollins in a file photo [Image- [email protected]]

Seth Rollins has gone a long way and made a name for himself in the professional wrestling world since making his debut in the ring in 2005. As a member of Team Shield, Rollins is regarded as one of the WWE’s top athletes right now. Rollins is now placed fifth on this list, with a yearly salary of $7.5 million. In 2021, Raw selected Rollins. Since that time, The Visionary has been wearing the RAW brand like a cupcake on his back. His annual salary is reported to be around $4.5 Million.

2. Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns has extended his reign with wins over Jay Uso, Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, and more.
Roman Reigns has extended his reign with wins over Jay Uso, Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, and more.

The Tribal Chief is in GOD mode. In the ring, Roman Reigns has achieved remarkable success, earning him millions of dollars and enabling him to win the WWE World Championship four times. He triumphed in the 2015 Royal Rumble as well. He currently holds the titles for both Smackdown and WWE Universal. The Bloodline, led by Reigns, previously competed in Survivor Series 2022 against The Brawling Brutes, Drew McIntyre, and Kevin Owens.

Reigns was a gifted football player who signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2007 before being afflicted with leukemia. However, after he learned that he had the illness, the team severed ties with him. But now he is just doing the greatest work of his career which lets him earn an annual compensation of around $5 Million.

1. Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar in a file photo [Image-Twitter]
Brock Lesnar in a file photo [Image-Twitter]

One of the most powerful athletes to enter a WWE ring is Brock Lesnar. He has received practically all of the company’s awards throughout the years. When it comes to star power, he is the best. The former UFC champion is regarded as one of the tops draws in the industry. His basic pay is five million dollars, according to his anticipated yearly earnings. He also receives a total of $500,000 for each main event appearance. So, he earns total annual compensation of $12 Million.

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