6. Roman Reigns – $2.1 Million
If John Cena isn’t the biggest name in the WWE, it’s probably Roman Reigns, the company’s primary face over the past several years. Reigns reportedly takes in about $2.1 million annually.
That figure, however, will likely be down this year due to Reigns 30-day suspension. That might not sound like that long to be gone, for during the four weeks that Reigns is not permitted to perform at house shows or on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, he will be losing about $100,000 in revenue.
Luckily for Reigns, though, he will be back in time for the upcoming Battleground pay-per-view, and these PPVs wind up being extremely lucrative for WWE performers.
7. The Undertaker – $2.0 Million
The Undertaker is another one of those wrestlers who only shows up sporadically, but he has become such a legendary figure that these appearances alone are enough to earn him quite a bit of money. Forbes reports that The Undertaker takes in about $2 million per year. Celebrity Net Worth also reports that his net worth is about $16 million.
The Undertaker’s most recent storyline occurred earlier this year, when it was announced that Shane McMahon would fight him at WrestleMania 32. If Shane won, he would gain control of Raw and The Undertaker would never perform at WrestleMania again. Luckily, The Undertaker emerged victorious, although Shane just ended up gaining control of Raw anyway.
We haven’t seen him since then, but rumors are already beginning to emerge that The Undertaker and John Cena may fight at WrestleMania 33 in 2017.
8. Big Show – $1.5 Million
Though he hasn’t done a whole lot in the WWE over the past few months, Big Show was rather involved with the company in 2015, when he took in about $1.5 million for the year. His net worth is reportedly $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
In 2015, Big Show took part in the Royal Rumble match, defeating five opponents before being eliminated by Roman Reigns. He also went on to win the Battle Royal match at Wrestlemania 31. He began a feud with Roman Reigns in the subsequent months, and then later with The Miz. So far in 2016, Big Show has turned face, helping his formal rival Roman Reigns go up against The Wyatt Family. He also showed up at the Royal Rumble at WrestleMania, confronting Shaquille O’Neal and eventually being eliminated.
His most recent appearance was on May 30th, when he appeared in a backstage segment on Monday Night Raw advising Apollo Crews. It’s unclear what role the WWE has for him going forward, but assuming he pops back in at a few more pay-per-views, he should expect to have another lucrative year.
9. Kane – $1.3 Million
Kane has been wrestling for longer than many of his fans have been alive, beginning his career in 1992. These days, he’s another one of those legends who receives top dollar from the company despite not appearing on a regular basis, and Kane’s salary hovers around $1.3 million per year. The Richest reports that his net worth is $7 million.
So far this year, we’ve seen Kane partake in the 2016 Royal Rumble, during which he was eliminated by Braun Strowman. He also had a feud with the Wyatt Family, teaming up with Big Show and Ryback to go up against them. Kane also made an appearance in the Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32, where he was eliminated by Baron Corbin.
Since then, we’ve seen less of Demon Kane and more of Corporate Kane, the wrestler’s more comedic persona in which he appears in a full suit and tie without his terrifying red mask. Since the announcement of the brand split, he has made appearances on Monday Night Raw, where he begged Stephanie McMahon to let him run SmackDown. She declined, saying that having a guy who doubles as a demon run a major WWE program maybe isn’t the best idea.
10. Dean Ambrose – $1.1 Million
Currently the company’s World Heavyweight Champion, the Lunatic Fringe takes in about $1.1 million per year with the WWE, although it would not be surprising to see that number increase a bit in 2016. His net worth is estimated to be about $6 million.
How long Ambrose will hold on to the title is unclear, but it seems there is a significant chance he will lose it at the upcoming Battleground pay-per-view. Reports have emerged that those behind the scenes at the company feel that Ambrose has been phoning it in since winning Heavyweight Champion, and beyond that, some of his cowokers have apparently raised concern for his physical health.