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If You Were Wondering How Much WWE Wrestlers Get Paid, Wonder No Longer

April 10, 2014 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

Here is the current contract and salary info for most active members of the WWE roster.

These figures are rounded up from the original figures we received. These figures do not include, PPV or appearance bonuses, nor do they include the merchandise cut that each performer receives. Some performers receive an additional percentage added to their merchandise cut, if they are a high merchandise seller, and these are noted.

Note 1: It would appear that WWE’s standard contract lengths are 1 year, 3 year, 5 year, 7 year and 10 year.
Note 2: Some performers are offered a higher merchandise royalties percentage for taking a smaller downside. These figures were not made available to us.
Note 3: The executive office and “legends” contracts were not made available to us. These contracts operate on a different system entirely.
Note 4: The Undertaker is believed to be on a per-appearance contract, in which he is paid an agreed upon rate (a long with the typical PPV bonus if he wrestlers) for each appearance he makes for the company. Undertaker of course, still receives his merchandise royalties, etc, but isn’t on a downside contract. Undertaker is not on a legends contact, which means he cannot make appearances for independent promotions.

– CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon – $1,184,500
– Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer George Barrios – $700,000
– Executive Producer Kevin Dunn – $700,000
– WWE Studios President Michael Luisi – $600,000
– Executive VP of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque – $550,000 (he also has a talent contract for $1,000,000 a year)

Male Wrestlers

Alberto Del Rio: $675,000 downside/first class travel – 3 year contract
Big Show: $1,050,000 downside/allocated a personal touring bus/first class travel arrangements paid for, when bus travel is not an option – 10 year contract
Brodus Clay: $170,000 downside – 2 year contract
Christian: $595,000 downside/first class travel – 3 year contract
CM Punk: $1,220,500 downside/allocated a personal touring bus/first class travel arrangements paid for, when bus travel is not an option/receives an additional 3.25% bonus for high merchandise sales – 7 year contract
Cody Rhodes: $494,500 downside – 3 year contract
Daniel Bryan: $620,470 downside – 3 year contract
Darren Young: $80,145 downside – 3 year contract
Dolph Ziggler: $540,230 downside – 3 year contract
Jack Swagger: $319,000 downside – 3 year contract
Jinder Mahal: $75,000 downside – 3 year contract
John Cena: $2,750,000 downside/first class travel and accommodation/receives an additional 6.25% bonus for high merchandise sales – 10 year contract
Kane: $905,000 downside/first class travel and accommodation – 5 year contract
Kofi Kingston: $254,200 downside – 3 year contract
Mark Henry: $877,000 downside/first class travel – 10 year contract
Randy Orton: $1,600,500 downside/allocated a personal touring bus/first class travel arrangements paid for, when bus travel is not an option/receives an additional 2.2% bonus for high merchandise sales – 10 year contract
Rey Mysterio: $985,000 downside/first class travel arrangements/receives an additional 4% bonus for high merchandise sales – 5 year contract
Sheamus: $1,000,000 downside/first class travel arrangements – 7 year contract
Tensai: $520,000 downside – 3 year contract
The Great Khali: $974,000 downside – 5 year contract
The Miz: $712,000 downside/first class travel – 5 year contract
Zack Ryder: $135,050 downside/receives an additional 1.5% bonus for high merchandise sales – 3 year contract

Divas

Alicia Fox: $72,520 downside – 3 year contract
AJ Lee: $104,300 downside – 3 year contract
Beth Phoenix: $112,500 downside/first class travel – 3 year contract
Eve: $109,475 downside/first class travel – 5 year contract
Layla: $86,450 downside – 3 year contract
Natalya: $74,410 downside – 3 year contract

Announcers

Booker T: $477,375 downside/first class travel and accommodation – 3 year contract
Jerry Lawler: $500,000 downside/first class travel and accommodation/allowed to make independent appearances – 5 year contract
Matt Striker: $164,000 downside – 3 year contract
Michael Cole: $549,000 downside/first class travel and accommodation – 5 year contract

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    They don’t make much compared to movies

  • bobcollum

    Wow, I’m not usually one to yell about equal pay yada yada, but those chicks are getting shafted, they make less than the announcers.

    • Deads

      True and im all for equal pay but i can kinda understand why they dont get paid the same wages as the men.
      Them getting paid less comes down to 2 reasons i think. The first is that they arent big names, on any given show most matches are between men and most viewers are watching for those matches not for the woman.

      The other reason is that in my opinion most women arent that good. They are strong and/or pretty but on a technical level most of them only have a few moves and they tend to botch them a lot.
      So the matches are rather boring, dont get me wrong i enjoy watching 2 pretty girls fight but to much of the fight they are running around, slapping eachother and pulling hair. Not much skill in the fights.
      Check some fights on Youtube and u wil understand what i mean.

  • Kristdan Fisher

    I would liked to of seen what the rock,stone cold and the undertaker made back in the day…..oh and mick foley,that man must of got danger money for the things he went through.

    • mez

      right now undertaker makes a million per appearance…..

  • shaniqua ray

    Im a little confused are these salaries stated base off of each year downside contract or the total downside they will earn for the total contract year ????? example xxx superstar 3 year contract $ 150,000.00 Downside each year after 3 years $450,000.00 Net-worth received during the length of the contract? Or $ 50,000 each year 3 year contract $ 150,000.00 total net worth ??? I’m only interested in downsides because the rest very .