Over the years, wrestling has garnered millions of fans across the globe, mainly due to its highly immersive fights and well-written storylines. With such big fan numbers and larger market shares come multi-million sponsorship deals and lucrative TV contracts. Unlike other sporting fields such as the NFL, MMA, and NBA, where their earnings are known to the public, in the world of pro wrestling, contracts and earnings are usually kept secret.
In fact, many of the data collected are through interviews with insiders, pay documents, and book contracts. Many of the pro-wrestlers on our list are retired wrestlers, some have ventured into other professions, and some currently hold various corporate positions. According to Wealthygorilla, WWE is arguably the biggest professional wrestling competition, spreading its fan base worldwide. In this post, we will take a closer look at the 20 richest pro wrestlers of all time as of 2022:
20. Brie Bella - $12 Million
Brianna Monique Danielson, popularly known as Brie Bella, is an American reality television personality, entrepreneur, and retired professional wrestler. Brie and her twin sister Nicole wrestled as the Bella Twins and made several appearances in both the WWE and international wrestling tournaments. During her wrestling career, she has won several awards, including; the 2016 Choice Female Athlete Award, one-time WWE Divas Champion, three-time Slammy Award winner, and listed in the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame. Her wrestling career at WWE greatly impacted her current net Worth today, estimated to be $12 million. Brie Bella is currently signed to WWE, serving as an ambassador.
19. Eric Bischoff - $12.5 Million
Eric Aaron Bischoff is an American television producer, entrepreneur, TV personality, and pro wrestling booking agent. He is best known for working as the Executive Producer and President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He has also served as the Executive Producer of Impact Wrestling and with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Before his successful wrestling career, Bischoff had several occupations, including competing as a pro kickboxer and owning a successful landscaping firm. With a career as an amateur kickboxer, Eric periodically performed as an in-ring competitor, becoming a one-time WCW Hardcore Champion.
18. Edge - $14 Million
Adam Joseph Copeland, popularly known as Edge, is a Canadian professional wrestler and actor. He made his first debut in professional wrestling in 1992, where he wrestled in several independent tournaments, competing in tag-team and singles matches. After winning his first WWF championship in 1999, he formed a tag team with Christian, and the duo won the World Tag Team Championship seven times, the WWE Tag Team Championship twice, and the World Tag Team Championship twelve times.
In September 2001, Edge decided to part ways with Christian and began his solo wrestling career. During his solo wrestling career, Edge has won the WWE Championship four times, the United States Championship once, the Intercontinental Championship five times, the 2010 Royal Rumble match, and the 2005 winner in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Adam retired from pro wrestling in 2011 due to several neck injuries and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one year later. However, he decided to return to pro wrestling when he featured in the 2020 Royal Rumble match and won the 2021 Royal Rumble.
17. Bill Goldberg - $14 Million
William Scott Goldberg, better known as Goldberg, is an American retired professional wrestler and football player. He is one of the most prominent figures of the early 2000s professional wrestling matches. According to Pulse.ng, he invented the spear finishing move in wrestling and is also behind the move becoming very popular in the competition. Between 1997-1998, Goldberg became the highest-paid WCW wrestler and was named the company's franchise wrestler. Bill Goldberg is a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight, the fifth WCW Triple Crown winner, and a one-time WCW World Champion.
16. Jeff Jarrett - $15 Million
Jeffrey Leonard Jarett is an American professional wrestler and promoter. He began his wrestling career in his father’s Jerry Jarrett Continental Wrestling Association in 1986. During his pro wrestling career, he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the WWF Intercontinental Champion several times, and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Jeff Jarett was signed into the World Wrestling Federation in 1993. As a third-generation pro wrestler, he has won more than 80 championships throughout his career, among them including; the AAA Mega Championship twice, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times, and many others.
15. Dave Bautista - $16 Million
David Michael Bautista Jr. is an American former pro wrestler, professional mixed martial artist, and actor. He rose to fame after becoming a six-time world champion by winning the WWE Championship twice and the World Heavyweight Champion four times. Bautista currently holds the longest reign with the World Heavyweight Championship at 282 days. He is also the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match and the World Tag Team Championship three-time winner. He left WWE in 2010 and made his comeback in December 2013, winning that Year's Royal Rumble match. After retiring from pro wrestling in April 2019, Bautista began his successful acting career. He is well known for his notable movie role of Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.
14. Big Show - $16 Million
Paul Donald Wight II, popular as Big Show or The Giant, is an American pro wrestler and actor. As his ring name suggests, Paul is one of the biggest pro wrestlers worldwide, measuring 7 feet tall and weighing about 441 pounds. He made his debut in world championship wrestling in 1995 and signed a ten-year contract with WWE in 1999. Throughout his wrestling career, Big Show has won several titles such as; the WWE United States Championship, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once, and an eleven-time World Tag Team Champion. Apart from his professional wrestling career, Paul Wight has appeared in several films and TV series such as; Burn Notice, The Waterboy, Psych, Royal Pains, Knucklehead, and The Big Show Show.
13. The Undertaker - $17 Million
Mark William Calaway, better known as The Undertaker, is an American former pro wrestler. According to Playersbio, William Calaway is one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. He began his wrestling career in 1987 and was signed to World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). After rebranding his ring name as "The Undertaker," associated with his undead, funereal persona, he became one of WWE’s most popular characters. The Undertaker is known for partnering with his half-brother Kane and teamed off as "The Brothers of Destruction '' from 1997 to 2020. Throughout his professional wrestling career, Calaway has won the World Heavyweight Championship three times, the WWE Championship four times, the Royal Rumble Match in 2007, and the Hardcore Championship once. The Undertaker retired from pro wrestling in 2020.
12. Shawn Michaels - $17 Million
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, popularly known as Shawn Michaels and ‘Mr. WrestleMania' is an American former professional wrestler, television personality, and actor. During his 30 years in his wrestling career, he has won several titles, including the WWF Championship three times, two-time Royal Rumble winner, WWF Triple Crown Champion, World Heavyweight Championship once, and the fourth WWF Triple Crown Champion. Shawn began working as a coach at the WWE Performance Center in 2016 and served as a producer on WWE NXT. Michaels is the current WWE Senior Vice President of Talent Development Creative.
11. Mick Foley - $18 Million
Michael Francis Foley, popularly known as Mick Foley, is an American retired pro wrestler, color commentator, and actor. He worked for multiple wrestling firms, including World Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance, and World Wrestling Federation. During his professional wrestling career, he won one WCW World Tag Team Championship, three WWF Championships, one TNA World Heavyweight Championship, eight WWF Tag Team Championships, and two ECW World Tag Team Championships. Foley was nicknamed 'The Hardcore Legend' due to his dedicated and aggressive wrestling style, which led him to feature in brutal and violent fixtures that involved putting his body through considerable physical strains. After retiring from pro wrestling, Foley decided to try a career in writing and acting.
10. Chris Jericho - $18 Million
Christopher Keith Irvine, best known as Chris Jericho, is a Canadian-American pro wrestler and music artist. He has won 30 championships in the ECW, WCW, and WWE tournaments during his wrestling career. Jericho is a six-time world champion, having won the WCW World Championship twice, the Undisputed WWF Championship once, and the World Heavyweight Championship thrice. He is also the ninth Triple Crown Champion, the 2008 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner, the fourth Grand Slam Champion, and the nine-time winner of the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Chris Jericho helped gain $18 million through his professional wrestling career, rock concerts, and podcasts.
9. Stacy Keibler - $25 Million
Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler, nicknamed ‘Super Stacy', and 'The Legs of WWE,' is an American former pro wrestler, model, actress, dancer, and former cheerleader. She began her professional wrestling career as the Nitro Girls in WCW. After WCW was purchased by the now WWE, she began using her name while in the ring. After seven years in professional wrestling, she began her career as an actress, where she was featured in movies such as; Bubble Boy, The Comebacks, Samurai Girl, WWE Tough Enough, October Road, and Liberty Heights, among many others.
8. Kurt Angle - $25 Million
Kurt Steven Angle is an American retired pro wrestler, Olympic gold medalist, former collegiate wrestler, and actor. He made his debut in professional wrestling in 1996 and signed with the World Wrestling Federation. During his wrestling career, he won the 2000 King of the Ring Tournament, the WWF Championship, WWF rookie of the Year, the WCW Championship, the fifth Grand Slam Champion, the World Heavyweight Championship once, and the tenth Triple Crown Champion. In March 2017, Angle was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
7. Hulk Hogan - $25 Million
Terry Eugene Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, is an American former pro wrestler. According to Networth Planet, Hulk Hogan is the most recognized wrestling star globally, the most prominent wrestler of the late 1980s. He began his pro wrestling career in 1977 but rose to fame after signing with WWF (now WWE) in 1983. During his professional wrestling career, he won the WWE Championships five times, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, and currently, the longest reign in the championship’s history. Besides his wrestling career, Hogan has a successful acting career where he has been featured in several movie films and TV shows.
6. Steve Austin - $30 Million
Steve James Anderson, better known as Steve ‘Stone Cold” Austin, is an American former pro wrestler, actor, and media personality. According to Exactnetworth, Steve Austin is one of the most influential and greatest wrestlers of all time. He began his professional wrestling career in 1989 and signed with WCW in 1991. During his wrestling career, he has won the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship once, the NWA World Tag Team Championship, and the WCW World Television Championship.
5. John Cena - $60 Million
John Cena is an American professional wrestler, actor, and entrepreneur. He began his professional wrestling career in 2000 and has won two World Tag Team Championships, three US Championships, and twelve World Titles. He also has a successful acting career, leading roles in movies like 12 Rounds, The Marine, Trainwreck, and many others.
4. Triple H - $150 Million
Paul Michael Levesque, best known as Triple H, is an American former professional wrestler, actor, and executive vice president for Talent Relations. He began his wrestling career in 1991 and signed with the International Wrestling Federation. H has won several championships in his wrestling career, including two World Tag Team Championships. He has five-time Intercontinental Champion, and two-time European Champion. He also has one Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, and a King of the Ring tournament winner. Paul Levesque is married to Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of Vince McMahon.
3. Stephanie McMahon - $150 Million
Stephanie Marie McMahon-Levesque is a retired professional wrestler and wrestling valet. She is the daughter of Vince McMahon, the CEO, chairman, and founder of the WWE. Moreover, Stephanie is the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairwoman of WWE. She is a fourth-generation wrestling promoter and a one-time winner of the WWF Women’s Championship.
2. Dwayne Johnson - $400 Million
Dwayne Johnson, better known by his ring name 'The Rock,' is an American retired pro wrestler and actor. He began his wrestling career in 1996 and rose to fame in 2004 after becoming a nine-time world heavyweight champion. Dwayne has a successful acting career and is one of the highest earning Hollywood actors. He has featured in films like The Game Plan, The Scorpion King, Tooth Fairy, Be Cool, Gridiron Gang, and The Fast & The Furious Franchise.
1. Vince McMahon - $1.6 Billion
Vince Kennedy McMahon is an American former professional wrestler, majority shareholder, and promoter. He is the Chief Executive Officer of WWE, the world’s largest professional wrestling company. McMahon is the CEO, owner and founder of Alpha Entertainment. According to The Sports Rush, he is the richest pro wrestler of all time as of 2022.
Written by Dana Hanson
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