Pro Wrestling: The Top 10 Richest Wrestlers
We all love to watch and talk about wrestling, but when it comes down to it a lot of us wonder the same thing:
How much money do these guys actually make?
For this slide show, I researched wrestlers' net worth using Celebrity Net Worth.
For those of you who are not familiar with the site, it basically calculates how much money famous people are worth on the basis of tax returns, etc.
With that being said, let's take a look at the top 10 most valuable wrestlers.
Excluded from the List: Vince McMahon and the McMahon Family: $1 Billion
I'm excluding Mr. McMahon and his family because it is blatantly obvious that they would be No. 1 since they write the checks for WWE.
McMahon has undertaken a number of ventures in his career, including restaurants, bars, and even the XFL that have all become non-existent.
While WWE was worth more money in the late 90s and early 2000s, McMahon's fortune still continues to mount, as he is worth $1 billion.
10. Chris Jericho: $18 Million
Chris Jericho is well known for having diversified talents.
Well those diversified talents have made him a hell of a lot of money.
Jericho, in addition to the huge contract he signed with the WWE in 1999 and again in 2007, has written two New York Times best sellers, is the front man of a world-renowned rock band, and appeared on television shows like Dancing with the Stars.
It seems like the sky is the limit for Jericho, as he is making quite the name for himself in the general public, which will only open up more opportunities in the future.
9. Big Show: $20 Million
The Big Show has been in professional wrestling for nearly two decades now, signing his contract with WWE in 1999.
He performed in a high profile match at WrestleMania with boxer Floyd Mayweather, which generated a huge pay day.
He also has starred in his own feature movie, Knucklehead, and has made a number of appearances in other movies.
The Big Show's career may be winding down, but at least he has all that money to fall back on.
8. JBL: $20 Million
It's amazing to think that this guy started out as Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw and was near the bottom of the card.
With a number of gimmick changes, Bradshaw was able to transform himself into JBL, based off his real-life financial success.
He was able to become the WWE Champion, which put him in a number of high profile matches that led to major paydays.
He also frequents Fox News and has his own line of energy drinks.
JBL shows that diversification and perseverance both in and away from the ring can lead to financial success.
7. John Cena: $20 Million
While the Big Show and JBL both have the same net worth currently, John Cena has the highest ceiling for the future.
He has not even been wrestling for a decade, yet clearly is the face of the WWE.
He has been in the main event at the past seven WrestleMania events and his merchandise flies off of the shelves.
Furthermore, he has made the jump into feature films like 12 Rounds and The Marine that have generated substantial paydays.
Cena has the makings of being a huge star in Hollywood if he is able to take the route of Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock.
6. Mick Foley: $22 Million
Formerly thought to only be the king of hardcore wrestling, Foley did a hell of a job turning himself into a legitimate draw.
While he had to risk his life and well-being to become successful, Foley is the personification of dedication.
Foley has written multiple New York Times best sellers, starred in several wrestling documentaries, and is involved in other mainstream media ventures.
While Foley works a considerably lighter schedule with TNA now, he still is earning money at a pace that should keep him comfortable for the rest of his life.
5. Triple H: $25 Million
The heir to the throne.
Triple H will one day be worth a hell of a lot more than this, if he one day ascends to being the head of WWE as many predict.
He has been in wrestling for nearly 20 years now, which has given him substantial earning power; he has headlined WrestleMania numerous times and is a big money draw.
He also has transitioned into movies with The Chaperone and it was rumored for a while that he would play Thor in the feature movie about The Avengers.
10 years from now, Triple H will most likely be number one on the list, but for the time being he comes in at No. 5.
4. Hulk Hogan: $30 Million
Hulk Hogan is arguably the biggest name ever created by WWE.
Nearly everyone in the world knows Hogan and his patented red and yellow boa.
Unfortunately for Hogan, he was the main superstar during the 1980s when huge money wasn't associated with wrestling.
While Hogan made substantial money in the 1990s and 2000s, his better days were behind him, which kept him from being No. 1 on the list.
It also doesn't help that Hogan's divorce took half of his money.
3. Undertaker: $34 Million
Apparently, the Streak is worth more than you may think.
The Undertaker has been in WWE since 1991 and has dedicated his life to making it a huge success.
His biggest contribution to wrestling is that he has enormous drawing power, even when he doesn't have a championship belt, which is something that many people could not do.
While the Undertaker hasn't significantly transitioned into movies or other ventures, he has consistently drawn for 20 years, which more than offsets his other financial opportunities.
2. Stone Cold Steve Austin $40 Million
Even though Austin hasn't wrestled in eight years, he still continues to bring in huge money.
Whether it be the number of appearances he still makes in WWE, the huge merchandise sales he generates, or the movies he stars in, such as The Expendables, Austin has multiple revenue streams that make him a very rich man.
Stone Cold was and still is one of the biggest draws in WWE history and helped usher in the Attitude Era, which made WWE an enormous amount of money.
Obviously, Austin got a significant share of the pie, as he is the second richest person active in wrestling.
1. The Rock: $65 Million
Was there ever any doubt who would be No. 1?
The Rock was able to do what most current superstars hope they can do: transition his fame in WWE to mainstream movies.
The Rock has played the lead role in a number of movies, including Walking Tall, The Scorpion King, Gridiron Gang, The Tooth Fairy Faster, and the upcoming Fast Five.
He is a bona fide movie star, and say what you will about the Disney movies he has done, but the fact of the matter is, Disney pays, and they pay well.
With the Rock returning to wrestling and a huge pay day coming at WrestleMania 28, and his potential to be the next great action star in movies, the Rock could surpass $100 million in net worth sooner rather than later.
I hope you enjoyed the list, and make sure to check out Celebrity Net Worth for more famous people's net worth if you are curious.
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