How Much is CM Punk Getting Earning in AEW Compared to His WWE and UFC Stints?

Published 08/21/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


CM Punk returned to pro wrestling on AEW Rampage. Despite maintaining that he would not be back in the squared circle ever, “The Best in the World” had to accept AEW President Tony Khan’s offer.

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Apart from AEW being a better workplace, we wonder how much Punk is gaining from this new association. Let us take a look at the pro wrestling icons’ wealth and earnings throughout the years. We will consider three major promotions i.e. WWE, UFC, and AEW.

CM Punk in WWE

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The former WWE Champion stayed in WWE for almost a decade but rose to prominence following 2011. After the pipe-bomb promo, Punk was given lots of opportunities and was well paid.

According to reports, CM Punk earned $1,000,000 annually in 2011. Following that, his annual pay increased to $1,300,000 from 2012 to 2013. From 2013 to 2014, Punk’s annual pay was again increased to $1,700,000.

Apart from this, Punk earned approximately $200,000 for being the cover star for WWE’s video game – WWE 2K13. He also got his cut from The Best in the World DVD, various endorsements, and merch sales.

CM Punk in UFC

After he left WWE, Punk wanted to do ‘real’ wrestling. His UFC debut was delayed for two years until 2016. Then he faced Mickey Gall on September 10 at UFC 203 in his MMA debut.

There Punk lost to Gall but took home a flat fee of $500,000. This was excluding his Reebok sponsorship. A flat fee means if Punk won, he would not get any bonus. Whereas Gall took home a victory bonus of $30,000.

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: CM Punk fights in the first round in his welterweight bout against Mike Jackson during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. Jackson won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

His next and final MMA fight was against Mike Jackson on UFC 225. Although Johnson was declared the winner, the competition was ruled as a no-contest after Jackson was tested positive for Marijuana in his system.

In this fight, Punk earned $503,500 from his loss, $500,000 as an appearance fee and $3,500 as fight week incentive pay.

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CM Punk in AEW

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As of now, the total amount of AEW’s payment is not known. But judging from Punk’s demeanor, and Khan’s urge to spend on the right now, we are assuming he got a multi-million dollar deal on his hands.

Punk previously had said, he would only come back if the money is right. This makes us wonder how much did Khan really pay to get CM Punk on board? We’ll update you once we get to know.

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What do you think Punk’s fee is? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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