World Wrestling Entertainment, currently one of the biggest platform for the professional wrestlers. The one main reason it attracts bigger name from boxing, ufc and kick-boxing, it’s long-term contract with number of benefits. Covid-19 not only disrupt audience presence at the arenas but also wrestlers salaries. Many big WWE wrestlers leave the franchise join other and some are waiting to get new contracts with WWE. WWE wrestlers salaries reported but many contracts will be in renewal during year 2022.
|Wrestler||Base Salary||PPV Share||Contract||Brand|
|AJ Styles||$1.5 million||20%||2022||WWE RAW|
|Akira Tozawa||$200,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Angelo Dawkins||$75,000||N/A||2024||WWE RAW|
|Apollo Crews||$275,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Austin Theory||$150,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Big E||$325,000||N/A||2024||WWE RAW|
|Bobby Lashley||$500,000||5%||2022||WWE RAW|
|Cedric Alexander||$75,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Chad Gable||$275,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Commander Azeez||$200,000||N/A||2023||WWE RAW|
|Damian Priest||$180,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Dolph Ziggler||$1 million||5%||2023||WWE RAW|
|Dominik Mysterio||$200,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Finn Bálor||$325,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Gable Steveson||$300,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Kevin Owens||$1.2 million||5%||2025||WWE RAW|
|The Miz||$1.5 million||5%||2022||WWE RAW|
|Montez Ford||$275,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Rendy Orton||$5 million||20%||2024||WWE RAW|
|Rey Mysterio||$1 million||5%||2023||WWE RAW|
|Robert Roode||$300,000||N/A||2022||WWE RAW|
|Seth Rollins||$1.2 million||5%||2024||WWE RAW|
|Shelton Benjamin||$425,000||2.5%||2022||WWE RAW|
|Veer Mahaan||$100,000||N/A||2023||WWE RAW|
During this pandemic cycle, there some wrestler who still make more than $6 million, one of them is Brock Lesnar. Lesnar contract reported worth $12 million a year but due to covid-19 wrestlers take pay-cuts wont earn that much as they were in 2019. Brock Lesnar contract hold ppv share which means each pay-per-view card he participated like (Wrestler-mania, Royal Rumble, Hell in a Cell) earns 50% from the ppv sales points that increase some wwe wrestlers salaries at the end of the year.
|Brock Lesnar||$6 million||50%||2023||Smackdown|
|Drew McIntyre||$2 million||5%||2022||Smackdown|
|Roman Reigns||$4 million||50%||2023||Smackdown|
Top wrestlers like John Cena, Undertaker, Golderburg, The Rock, Stone Cold, Shawn Michael, Kane, Big Show not retired from the Wrestling but make part time appearances on different events specially when the Company set the stage in their home counties.
|Wrestlers||Base Salary||PPV Share||Contract Status|
|John Cena||$5 Million (reported)||50%||Limited Appearances|
|Undertaker||$2.5 million (reported)||20%||Selected Appearances|
|Stone Cold||$2 million||N/A||Selected Appearances|
|Batista||$2.2 million||10%||Limited Appearances|
|Shawn Michaels||$1 million||20%||Selected Appearances|
|Triple H||$3 million (reported)||N/A||Limited Appearances|
|Dwayne Johnson||$4 million (reported)||50%||Selected Appearances|
|Hulk Hogan||$2 million (reported)||N/A||Selected Appearances|
Three Kind of Contracts WWE Offer to It’s Personnel’s
WWE professional contracts based on facts, fan following and athletes attributes award to them, some time company approach a professional from different sports such as “Ronda Rousey”, she is mixed martial arts fighter one of the highest paid UFC women’s but her one appearance alongside the Rock show’s how much wrestling fan’s love to see her in the ring alongside Charlotte Flair and Becky Lyench.
Wrestlers from WWE Development Program Contracts
There are brands World Wrestling Entertainment set for themselves, from where top wrestlers join the further big brands Smack Down and Raw. Fresh contract holders won’t earn as much as pro contract holders. They minimum earn $50K and maximum $100k based on contract term for year or half term.
Professional Contract Holders ($500k Salary) Per Year:
Professional contract holders comes from other franchise and join WWE or earn big fame from first 1-2 years after joining WWE as Fresher. They get improved contract if there is huge back support from fans.
John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, The Miz, and Seth Rollins few other wrestlers hold the contract where they will get extra privileges which include PPV share revenue from 5% to 50% from the gateway income and ppv sales point.
1: Free Air Travel for the Superstars of WWE
2: Medical Expenses
3: Private Plane for travelling
4: Hotel Suite & Food facilities for free
Average salary reported for the WWE wrestlers in 2021 upto $100k only if he was granted contract for the year or long-term. Some wrestlers who part of the company for more than a year they earn $200k average but if make appearance main events such as Royal Rumble, King of the Ring, Summer Slam, earnings increased to $350k based on merchandize sale. If any new wrestler included, details updated WWE Wrestlers salaries list for 2022.