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  • Wrestling is a multi-million dollar industry, with the biggest wrestlers earning huge sums of money

  • Brock Lesnar was the highest paid WWE wrestler in 2021, earning over $15 million from the company

  • The average WWE wrestler base salary is in the region of $100,000 to $500,000 per year 

Wrestling is watched by millions of people around the world, with fans tuning in to follow the biggest WWE stories and journeys each week.

While the likes of UFC and other mixed martial arts sports have risen to prominence in more recent times, wrestling has been around for many years.

With sports betting odds available on the biggest wrestling events, such as Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, there is plenty of pressure on professional wrestlers to perform.

Highest Earning WWE Wrestlers In 2023:

  1. Brock Lesnar - $15 million

  2. John Cena - $13 million

  3. Roman Reigns - $10 million

  4. Braun Strowman - $8.5 million

  5. Seth Rollins - $7.5 million

  6. Randy Orton - $7 million

  7. Drew McIntyre - $6 million

  8. Bobby Lashley - $4.5 million

  9. The Undertaker - $3 million

  10. Dolph Ziggler - $2.5 million

Gripping newbies and experts alike, the WWE is particularly exciting in the build-up to major pay-per-view events – and this is where the top icons really earn their money.

In fact, proficient wrestlers earn lucrative salaries from the company. There is no shortage of financial power when we’re talking about World Wrestling Entertainment…

The biggest US sportsbooks help to build hype ahead of upcoming shows and the elite names in the business are able to earn a pretty penny from WWE events.

Here, we look at the 10 highest paid WWE wrestlers in 2021. These figures show just how profitable a career in wrestling can be!

10) Dolph Ziggler

With an annual salary of around $2.5 million, Dolph Ziggler sneaks onto this list of the best-paid WWE wrestlers in 2021.

Ziggler arrived in the WWE in 2004 and has won several belts during his professional career, including the World Heavyweight title and WWE United States Championship.

In addition to his WWE commitments, Ziggler is also a stand-up comedian and he headlined his first tour back in 2019.

9) The Undertaker

A wrestling legend, The Undertaker has been around since the pre-WWE days. With a yearly salary of $3 million, the fan favourite has a spot on wrestling’s highest earners list.

How much does Undertaker earn in WWE

One of the most marketable figures in WWE history, ‘Taker has a long list of accolades that includes three World Heavyweight Championships.

While Undertaker announced his retirement in 2020, he remains under contract with the WWE. Could he make an emotional return to the ring?

8) Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley burst onto the scene in 2005 but has been in and out of WWE storylines for the bulk of his professional wrestling career.

Juggling his mixed martial arts career, Lashley is earning a hefty $4.5 million from WWE in 2021 – making him the eighth highest paid wrestler in the company.

He has been heavily involved in major WWE events this year and is a former WWE United States Championship holder and two-time WWE Intercontinental champion.

7) Drew McIntyre

2021 has been a big year for Drew McIntyre, with the Scottish wrestler clashing with Bobby Lashley and Sheamus throughout the summer months.

McIntyre defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36 to become WWE champion and that storyline has led to a busy schedule for the 2020 Royal Rumble winner.

McIntyre’s $6 million WWE salary is modest compared to the highest paid UFC fighter but that figure still puts him seventh on this list.

6) Randy Orton

The youngest WWE Championship belt holder in history, Randy Orton is one of the most recognisable figures in the world of wrestling.

What is Randy Orton's WWE salary

Orton has climbed the ranks during his stint as a professional wrestler and now pockets a hefty $7 million per year from the company.

He made his debut back in 2000 but is still a prominent figure in wrestling, particularly when it comes to attracting crowds to international WWE shows.

5) Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins has come a long way since making his professional wrestling debut in 2005 and he is now a pivotal figure in the industry.

A member of Team Shield and widely regarded as one of the most skilful athletes in WWE today, Rollins is fifth on the list with an annual wage of $7.5 million.

Drafted to Raw in 2021, Rollins has been involved in his fair share of controversy – none more so than when a fan attacked him in November 2021.

4) Braun Strowman

Standing at six feet eight inches tall, Braun Strowman is a monster of a man and ‘The Titan’ also earns a massive payday, with his WWE contract earning $8.5 million per year.

Strowman is a major figure in WWE and he has gone from strength to strength since making his professional debut in 2014.

Prior to his involvement in wrestling, Strowman had competed in various strongman events across the United States – winning the Arnold Amateur Strongman Championship in 2012.

3) Roman Reigns

Whether you watch WWE religiously or once a year, chances are you’ll know who Roman Reigns is. Without a doubt, he is the biggest personality in wrestling right now.

Pocketing $10 million per year, Reigns has enjoyed plenty of success in the ring – winning the WWE World Championship on four occasions, as well as the 2015 Royal Rumble.

Previously, Reigns was a proficient football player and signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2007 but was released after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

2) John Cena

John Cena is a future WWE Hall of Famer and he has been central to the success of the organisation since starting his wrestling career in 1999.

How much do WWE pay John Cena

He has won the WWE Championship an incredible 13 times, the World Heavyweight title on three occasions and the WWE United States Championship five times.

Given his stature and marketability in the wrestling universe, it will come as no surprise to hear that his WWE contract is worth an impressive $13 million per year.

1) Brock Lesnar

Popular in UFC betting odds at one stage in his career, Brock Lesnar has been there and done it all. He is a huge draw in terms of WWE ticket sales and promoting events.

For that reason Lesnar is the highest paid WWE fighter on the planet. According to online sources, Brock Lesnar has a yearly wage of $15 million.

To this day, Lesnar is the only man ever to hold world heavyweight championship belts in UFC, WWE and the NCAA.

*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 27th November 2021

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Alex McMahon Sport

Alex is a sports betting tipster, specialising in Premier League football, the Champions League and horse racing.

He loves placing a weekly accumulator on the football at the weekend and dreams of landing the big winner that will take him back to Las Vegas.

As well as writing sports betting tips for 888sport since 2015, Alex has produced content for several international media companies, such as Goal.com and The SPORTBible.