As kids, we all have witnessed the likes of Hulk Hogan and Undertaker exchanging feisty blows and jumping through tables to knock out the baddies. And while you may argue that all this is fake and staged, the amount of entertainment that they give us is second to none.
There have been so many wrestlers who have become household names with their fan appeal and have also walked away with the fattest paychecks albeit putting their bodies on the line. Here’s taking a look at the top 10 richest wrestlers in the world who proved that their pain is worth the gain!
Top 10 Richest Wrestlers in the World
10. Sable- $10 Million
Best remembered for her appearance in Wrestlemania 15, wrestling was never the first career option for Sable. Having started her career as a model, she moved into the adult film industry and shifted base to Los Angeles to gain a foothold in it.
In 1996, she was signed up by the WWE and her charismatic appeal and bold fashion choices made her a likable figure with the audience. She is married to WWE wrestler and MMA fighter Brock Lesnar and has three children with him.
Sable is a self proclaimed ‘Diva’ of WWE.
9. Undertaker- $15 Million
I don’t think there is any person who hasn’t heard of the pioneer of the Tombstone Piledriver. Having been in the industry for more than 25 years, Undertaker has been through various gimmicks and is considered to be the locker room leader by the entire roster.
He is fondly remembered for his 21-match unbeaten streak at Wrestlemania and had created a deadly image for himself with his tagline, ‘Rest in Pieces’. The California-born hitman announced his retirement from sports entertainment in 2020 and the entire roster dedicated an episode to pay tributes to him.
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8. Big Show- $16 Million
Big Show is a man that is the testimony of how to live up to your name. Standing at 7 feet tall and weighing over 440 pounds, he is the largest athlete in the world. He made his debut with the WWE in 1996 and went on to win the Intercontinental Championship and the US Championship.
Apart from scaring the guys in the ring, Big Show has also provided a big show in the film industry by starring in films such as Jingle All the Way and Water Boy. All of this makes him one of the richest wrestlers in the world.
7. The Bella Twins- $20 Million
Featuring at number seven in the list of the richest wrestlers in the world are Nikki and Brie aka The Bella Twins. Apart from being the fashionistas in the ring, this beautiful duo is credited for introducing the Diva’s Championship which has solved the problem of gender equality in the WWE to a certain degree.
Apart from the wrestling business, The Bella Twins run their own TV show, Total Bellas, and also run their wine label and their apparel stores. In 2021, they were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for their contribution to the women’s division.
6. Hulk Hogan- $25 Million
Featuring at number seven in our list of the richest wrestlers in the world is Hulk Hogan. Most wrestlers envy him for having such a long career and were a massive influencer for WWE fans in the 1980s before making the switch to competitors WCW in an era where wrestling was at its best.
He eventually returned to WWE and had not lost a single fan due to his Hulkamania running wild on them. Although he makes an occasional appearance, he doesn’t really work with the organization anymore. But that hasn’t stopped his coffers from growing and making him one of the richest wrestlers.
Hulk Hogan net worth is $25 million in 2021.
5. Steve Austin- $30 Million
I’m sure you’ll give me a Hell Yeah for him appearing on this list. If there is anyone who dared to go against the authority and made the fans believe in it, it was none other than the Texas Rattlesnake. Be it his beer-opening celebrations or his frequent visit to the cops, Austin ruled the WWE in the ring and outside of it.
He has also had blockbuster showdowns with superstars like Shawn Michaels and The Rock at multiple Wrestlemanias and has had a movie made to himself as well. Such was his aura that even the WWE couldn’t stop themselves from inducting him into their Hall of Fame and made him one of the greatest and richest wrestlers of all time with a net worth of $30 Million.
4. John Cena- $60 Million
Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect – this has been John Cena’s formula to make it big in the WWE. From his debut as a cool rapper in the early 2000s to the date where he is known for his military attitude and resilience in the ring, Cena has become a popular figure among the WWE universe.
But ever since he broke up with his girlfriend Niki Bella, Cena has made fewer appearances in the ring and more off it. But that hasn’t stopped him from minting the money as his merchandise is one of the highest selling in the business and is a favourite among the kids and the Marine Corps.
John Cena net worth is $60 Million in 2021.
3. Triple H- $150 Million
Dominance is the middle name of Triple H as he has ruled the ring with his strength and his street-smart wrestling. He was the leader of the DX which created an outrage in the 1990s and ended up marrying the WWE chieftain’s daughter Stephanie McMahon.
Like his wife, he has been a heel throughout his career and has been blatantly unapologetic about it. But outside the ring, he is a man who plods for the long hours and puts his heart and soul to make the brand better. After all, being one of the richest wrestlers doesn’t come without any work, does it?
2. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson- $400 Million
The world has smelt what The Rock was cooking and it was nothing but fame and success. With wrestling running in his genes, The People’s Champ took some time to enter into the audience’s heart and did so with his determination and adaptability.
The nine-time world champ decided to make the big move and quit the WWE for a career in Hollywood. Although his first few films didn’t work out, he has steadily stamped his authority with big-budget films such as Fast and Furious and The Game Plan.
1. Vince McMahon- $2.1 Billion
Here comes the man who is not just the richest wrestler but also rules this industry with an iron fist. Vince McMahon has always been the man with the plan and has carried this business across borders with his shrewd mindset and his business savvy nature.
Vince McMahon is the richest WWE wrestler with a net worth of $2.1 Billion in 2021.
Mr. McMahon (as he is popularly known) owns around 57% of WWE’s Stock and his ever-booming business has made him the owner of a $40 million mansion. And that is what makes him the honcho of the richest wrestlers in the world.
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