8 Incredible Wrestling Paydays You Won't Believe

Miss. Elizabeth > The Undertaker, Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect and Shawn Michaels.

Shawn Michaels WrestleMania XXVI

If Shawn Michaels does indeed return to the ring for 'one more match' at WWE's next Saudi Arabian special, he's not doing it on the cheap.

Fans can argue the ins and outs of HBK giving up retirement for a quick buck at Crown Jewel this November, but it'd be hard for anyone to knock back the kind of payday Michaels is in store for. This is a stadium show, one that means a great deal to company coffers, and it'd be Shawn's first match for over eight years. There's no way that happens without a premium rate.

If he does wrestle, presumably in a tag match, it'd be an incredible salary for one night's work. Michaels probably wouldn't even be in the main event of the show. He'd be in a featured, likely short attraction on the undercard, and his bumps would be limited. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? This wouldn't be the first time wrestling has coughed up megabucks for one-offs or token appearances.

Stars like Hulk Hogan earned a fortune in WCW, Steve Austin and The Rock smashed the $1m mark at WrestleMania X-Seven and even Brock Lesnar still commands a hefty fee from WWE today. In fairness to Brocky boy (just like the names sharing that list were in their primes), he's box office in 2018...


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