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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.
How Much do WWE Executives Make In A Year? Here is how much the WWE executives get paid in 2018.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are WWE Male Wrestlers Salaries & Contracts 2018:
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|
|$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|
|$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)|
|$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|
|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)|
|$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)|
|$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|
|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)|
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 Divas Salaries 2018 (Contract Upgraded)
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)|
|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)|
|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)|