There seems to be a bit of a misconception from many people that wrestlers make the same ridiculous amounts of money that baseball, soccer, and golf stars do. The reality, however, is that very few wrestlers make millions through the sport and even those who do are not bringing in quite as much money as you would think.
That certainly is not to say that there are not current and former stars that have been paid handsomely over the years. To give you an illustration of those that have, let’s take a deeper look at this list of the richest pro wrestlers of all time:
#1 – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – Net Worth: $70+ Million
The Rock, as he is affectionately known throughout the wrestling community, is probably the most famous wrestler in the WWE’s storied history. While he earned quite a bit of money from professional wrestling, his marketability and acting appearances have taken his net worth to a level that had never before been seen from a pro wrestler.
Johnson reportedly has a net worth of over $70 million and is still making some appearances in the wrestling world. With his personality and marketability, it is safe to say that The Rock will remain at the top of this list for quite some time.
#2 – Stone Cold Steve Austin – Net Worth: $45+ Million
There was a time when Stone Cold Steve Austin reached a level of popularity that had never before been seen in the pro wrestling industry. WrestleMania 17, where Stone Cold faced off with The Rock, was the first ever wrestling pay-per-view event to reach over a million buys. In addition, his merchandise sales exceeded that of even the great Hulk Hogan.
Even today, Stone Cold is still considered a legend both in and out of the wrestling ring. While he has not had quite the success that Johnson has had in acting, he has carved a bit of a niche for himself in action movies. It is difficult to imagine a time when wrestling will be more popular than it was when Stone Cold and The Rock were at the top of their game.
#3 – John Cena – Net Worth: $35+ Million
John Cena has paved out quite the career for himself through the WWE. He has been involved in the featured match for just about every Wrestlemania event in the past ten years and is considered to be the current face of the wrestling world.
At 36, it is difficult to think that Cena could have much more in the tank. One thing is for sure; the WWE will sorely miss the personality and money that he adds to their brand.
#4 – Triple H – Net Worth: $25+ Million
Triple H is one of the longest tenured wrestlers in the history of both the WWE and the WWF. His career has spanned over two decades and he a 13-time World Champion. Currently, Triple H serves as the Executive Vice President for the global operation of WWE and is considered to be the next in line for president of the brand.
While Triple H is only sparingly included in matches today, he has been involved in some of the greatest bouts of all time with stars like The Undertaker, The Rock, John Cena, Hulk Hogan, and Stone Cold. At 46 years old, it is safe to say that his long and successful in-the-ring career is over.
#5 – The Big Show – Net Worth: $20+ Million
The Big Show, standing at seven feet tall and weighing in at over 440 pounds, is one of the largest wrestlers of all time. Due to his stature and incredible strength, he was able to pave quite the career for himself after getting started in the industry way back in 1995. While The Big Show is practically retired today at 41, he has certainly earned his fair share over his 20+ years in the industry.
#6 – Kurt Engle – Net Worth: $20+ Million
Kurt Engle was one of the few pro wrestlers who actually competed as a wrestler in the Olympics, having won a gold medal in 1996. While Engle was only a part of the WWE for about seven years, he was the WWE’s highest-paid wrestler throughout his tenure and generated quite the net worth for himself.
Unfortunately, Engle’s inability to stay healthy was what led to his early departure from wrestling. If it was not for his chronic neck injuries, however, there is no telling how much money he would have ended up earning.