10 Highest-Paid WWE Wrestlers Revealed

A new Forbes list sheds light on WWE's biggest earners.

Brock Lesnar Paul Heyman

The subject of wrestlers' pay is a dicey one.

Information from genuinely reliable sources is in short supply, leading to all kinds of erroneous numbers being spread around. Chances are if you're reading a wrestler's salary somewhere on the internet, it's false, and should be discarded without a second thought. It's therefore interesting when a credible journalist like Forbes' David Bixenspan comes through with concrete numbers, as was the case when the site revealed WWE's highest-paid performers of 2020 in a new list last week.

Note that the figures listed include the performers' downside guarantee as well as additional bonuses for merchandise sales, high gates, and other things. The original article notes that many of these downsides have now been pushed well beyond $1 million following the return of competition to the American marketplace, but performances fees still vary greatly, with untelevised bouts paying just $500 and WrestleMania commanding seven-figure sums for many.

Conspicuous by their absences are John Cena and Ronda Rousey, as well as Tyson Fury, who once claimed WWE was paying him $15 million to perform in Saudi Arabia. Turns out 'The Gypsy King' wasn't being entirely truthful...

10. Braun Strowman

Brock Lesnar Paul Heyman

Earnings: $1.9 million.

'The Monster Among Men' recently pledged his long-term future to WWE with a bumper new deal - and that's reflected here. That he's now the Universal Champion could mean his earnings skyrocketing going forward, as WWE finally deliver the kind of run Strowman fans have been yearning for since he broke out in 2017.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.