WWE Wrestlers Salaries


WWE Wrestlers Salaries

2018 WWE Wrestlers Salaries & Contract Details

WWE Wrestlers Salaries? How much do WWE wrestlers get paid? WWE wrestling is known for it’s acting, and general crazy gimmicks but the wrestlers do put their body on the line every week. Because of this, wrestlers get paid quite handsomely. Most of the WWE wrestlers in the roster have long term contracts with the company ranging from one year to 10 years. Wrestlers get a basic yearly salary plus bonuses and traveling allowances.

The average wrestler on the roster makes between $500,000 to $1 million a year in basic salary. We take a look at WWE’s current contract and how much each wrestler makes in 2018. Here we look at the WWE Wrestlers Salaries to find out if they do indeed make millions. Here we look at the WWE Wrestlers Salaries 2018.

WWE Wrestlers Salaries 2018

How Much do WWE Executives Make In A Year? Here is how much the WWE executives get paid in 2018.

Name Position Salary
Paul “Triple H” Levesque Vice President Live events, Talent $1.1 million (basic salary) plus hefty bonuses
Vince McMahon CEO $2.4 million a year
George Barrios Financial and strategic officer $800,000 a year
Kevin Dunn Producer $800,000 a year
Michael Luisi WWE Studios President $700,000 a year

Paul “Triple H” Levesque (vise president live events, talent) makes $1.1 million (basic salary). Plus he makes $1.65 million in the yearly talent contract and of course his WWE ring & match appearances. All of this makes Triple H the highest paid WWE executive.

WWE Wrestlers’ Professional contracts terms

Below we take a look at what a professional contract of a WWE wrestler looks like. The contracts usually include at least 13 different clauses which are as follows:

Booking – Wrestler grants right to book him/her for events for which WWE can sell tickets and TV rights. Wrestler also grants permission for WWE to negotiate on their behalf for merchandising, publishing, endorsements and personal appearances etc.

Works- WWE has the right to film/photograph any event involving contracted wrestlers. Since the contract is based on “Works for hire” WWE owns rights from events which include anything from incidents, dialogues, routines, any special moves, ideas or gags.

Intellectual Property- WWE holds exclusive rights to wrestlers likeness, name, personality, costume, gestures etc.

Merchandising- WWE has rights to sell merchandising based on the wrestler

Exclusivity- This focuses on things like: All rights granted to WWE are exclusive to the company unless otherwise stated.

Term and Territory- States the length of the wrestler’s contract with WWE. These can range from one year to 10 years. Territory is usually “Worldwide”meaning the wrestler has to travel worldwide if told to do so- (unless otherwise stated).

Payments and Royalties – A payment structure which covers basic salary plus any bonuses. WWE state that the average wrestler in the main roster makes about $500,000 a year.

Promoters Obligations

Wrestlers Obligations


Early Termination



WWE Wrestler Contract & Basic Salary + Bonuses

Every WWE wrestler gets a professional contract with the company stating the number of years, basic salary plus bonuses etc. These include things like; release clause and retirement etc. The basic yearly salary is the guaranteed payments. While the bonuses and royalties comes from PPV/merchandise sales share. Every WWE wrestler on the main roster makes at least $500,000 a year while top names make much more than that.

What are the PPV Events income?

Bigger names like John Cena, Randy Orton etc get PPV revenue share from the WWE. The PPV income figures are not released to the public because WWE don’t disclose this information. But we will look at how much WWE compensate their stars in basic salary and other bonuses.

Who are the highest paid wrestlers?

John Cena and Brock Lesnar are both highly paid stars in WWE at the moment. Here we take a look at the WWE Wrestlers Salaries.

WWE Wrestlers Salaries and contract details 2018

Here are WWE Male Wrestlers Salaries & Contracts 2018:

Star Annual Salary

Bonuses & Royalties

Brock Lesnar $10 million Brock Lesnar makes $500k  per event and $100k for mechandise 5 Years
John Cena $8.5 million John Cena is paid $500k for main event appearances and 5% for merchandise sale which is almost ($1 million) 3 Years
Roman Reigns $5 million Reigns makes 5% from main event PPV sales plus other bonuses. 3 Years 
Randy Orton $4.5 3.25% bonus for high merchandise sales. Contract (2018)
Seth Rollins $3 million Makes $200k per main event appearances. 2018

The Miz

$2.5 million 5% Merchandise sales, travel and accommodation, PPV share 5 Years
AJ Style $2 million AJ gets PPV event revenue share 5 Years
Dean Ambrose $2 million Earnings double for PPV events 3 Years
Dolph Ziggler $1.4 million Ziggler earns 3.5% share from merchandise sales and $250k per main event. 3 Year
Sheamus $1 million 1.5% bonus for high merchandise sales, travel & Accommodation. 5 Years
Jeff Hardy $1 million 2.5% bonus for high merchandise sales and $200k per main event match appearance. 3 Years
Jinder Mahal $900,000 Mahal earns 350k per PPV event extra bonus. 5 Years
Big Show $850,000 Big show is injured 3 Years
Goldust $400,000 Paid extra for merchandise sale 3 Years
Titus O’Niel $300,000 Starter package on base of performance. 2 Years
Sin Cara $700,000 $250k bonus for main PPV event revenue share. 2 years

Chris Jericho

$750,000 Chris Jericho is earning 3.5% on merchandise sales. 3 Years
Luke Harper $550,000 Harper gets bonus money up to ($100k) extra each year. 2 Years
Rusev $600,000 Gets PPV event bonus up to $350,000 per main event. 3 Years
Erick Rowan $550,000 Rowan is on a full-time contract and competing in tag team competitions. 2 Years (Upgraded 2017)
Bray Watt $1 million Watt is making extra from PPV revenue share and gets free travel and accommodation. 2 Years (Upgraded 2018)

Bo Dallas

$300,000 Part-time. 2 Years (Upgraded 2018)
Braun Strowman $300,000 2 Years (Upgraded 2018)
Triple H $2.5 million Limited appearances in main event PPV matches and minority owner 2 Years
Apollo $300,000 2 Years
Matt Hardy $650,000 Matt Hardy makes 2.5% extra earnings from sale of merchandise 1 Year
Samoa Joe $800,000 Full time contract holder and earns 5% PPV revenue share 3 Years
Scott Dawson $250,000 3 Years
Undertaker $2 million Undertaker only makes part-time appearances due to his age. 2 years
Kane $900,000 Kane still makes part time appearances but is getting old. 3 Years
Cesaro $500,000 Extra bonus money on main event match winning. 2 Years
Luke Gallows $250,000 2 Years
Kalisto $350,000  Full time contract holder 3 years
Big Cass $250,000 1 Years Upgraded (2017)

Heath Slater

$400,000  Makes extra bonus on PPV main event appearances. 1 Year (2018)
Curtis Axel $250,000 Upgraded 2018
Curt Hawkins $200,000 Upgraded 2018
Big E $500,000  Full-time contract based wrestler and extra bonus holder. 2 Years (2017)
Fandango $400,000  Full-time contract base wrestler. 3 Years (2017)
Epico Colon $200,000 1 Year (2018)

Kevin Owens

$750,000 PPV revenue share bonus up to $200k 5 years (2018)
Tyler Breeze Starting package Upgraded (2018)
Mike Kanellis $200,000 Upgraded 2017
Jey USO $250,000  No extra share revenue and bonus from PPV main events 1 Year Contract
Jimmy USO $250,000  No extra share revenue and bonus from PPV fights 1 Year Contract
Kofi Kingston $500,000  Earns 3.5% extra after making appearance in main PPV event matches 3 years (Full time contract)
R-Truth $550,000  Earns 5% on sale of merchandise 3 years contract
Rhyno $500,000   2017 (Upgraded)
Shinsuke Nakamura $400,000 Nakamura earns extra from PPV revenue share. Upgraded 2018
Xavier Woods $350,000 Starting contract Upgraded 2018
Zack Ryder $400,000 Zack earns 3.5% extra earnings based on merchandise 2018 (Upgraded)
Viktor $250,000 Viktor is on a starting package  2018 (Upgraded)

WWE Wrestlers divas Salaries and Contract details

The female wrestlers have short term contracts. This means they usually have rolling contracts which are renewed every year. Female wrestlers earn less than male counterparts due to far less appearances. But they do have bonuses and other royalties.

WWE Wrestlers Salaries
WWE Divas Salaries 2018 (Contract Upgraded)

Star Annual Salary

Bonuses & Royalties

Ronda Rousey $1.5 million  5% extra bonus for high sales of merchandise, free travel and PPV event share up to ($500k) 2 year contract (full time)
Charlotte Flair $550,000  Extra bonus on winning main event matches. 3 Year contract (Full-time)
Nikki Bella $350,000 3 Years (automatic renewal)
Alexa Bliss $350,000 3 Years
Mickie James $300,000 1 Year (till 2018)
Brie Bella $300,000 1 Year (Roling contract)
Natalya $300,000 3 Years
Asuka $250,000 2 Years
Summer Rae $120,500 1 Year (Roling contract)
Nia Jax  100,000 1 Year (Roling contract)
Mandy Rose $80,000 1 Year (Roling contract)
Paige 350,000  In-active but is making part-time appearances 1 Year (Roling contract)
Dana Brooke $200,000 1 Year (Roling contract)
Sonya Deville $100,000 2 Years (Roling contract)
Bayley $200,000 1 Year (till 2018)
Becky Lynch $250,000 3 Years
Carmella $120,000 1 Year (Roling contract)
Lana $200,000 3 Years
Live Morgan $75,000 Upgraded 2017
Naomi  $180,000  Main event appearances 5 Years
Rubby Riott $80,000 Upgraded 2017
Sarah Logan $80,000 Upgraded 2018
Tamina $80,000  Inactive due to injury 1 Year (till 2018)

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