Brock Lesnar and John Cena Top The Highest Paid List in WWE for 2020

January 8, 2021 5:32 pm

Wrestling is a physically demanding sport. As the Superstars put their health on the line each day, they get rewarded handsomely as well. Recently, we got to know about the top-paid Superstars in WWE.

Because of the pandemic, every sport suffered from some financial cutbacks, and WWE was no different. Last year, Vince McMahon fired a plethora of wrestlers including Miro, Kurt Angle, Maria Kanellis, and more to cut back on the budget.

However, a recent report from Mirror UK shows how the big names in WWE secured a handsome amount of money! Apart from the base payment, top stars gain a hefty amount from their merchandise sales.

Although one might expect the recently retired Undertaker to be the highest-paid one, it is actually his streak breaker who tops the list!

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According to reports, Brock Lesnar was the highest-paid Superstar in WWE last year. The former WWE Champion earned a whopping $12million-a-year with a base payment of almost $9.3m.

He also received $500,000-per-main event appearance, despite wrestling only twice, once at the Royal Rumble and at WrestleMania. Lesnar has left WWE and is now a free agent.

The second-highest paid in the list is also a part-timer. John Cena received almost $8.5million for wrestling just once in 2020. The third one is Roman Reigns, currently WWE’s biggest star, with a paycheck of $5million.

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Randy Orton and AJ Styles make the top five with $4.5million and $3.5million respectively. Surprisingly, The Undertaker is sixth on the list with $2.5million.

WWE rewarded its women superstars as well

Ronda Rousey may be on a sabbatical from WWE, but she still bagged almost $1.5million. Rousey is the highest-earning female Superstar in WWE despite not wrestling for two years.

Coming in the second place is Becky Lynch. The new mother earned a handsome $1million.

Charlotte Flair was in the third position with $550,000 while Nikki Bella and Alexa Bliss placed fourth with $350,000. Mickie James concluded the top five with $300,000.

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Asuka and Bayley, the two main performers of the RAW and SmackDown roster, were on the lower scale with $250,000 and $200,000. The contrasting pay scale between the male and female Superstars are already raising some eyebrows.

What did you think about the pay scale of WWE Superstars? Let us know in the comments below.

Angana Roy

Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Her love for sports entertainment started in 2010. Some of her all-time favorites include CM Punk, Triple H, The Edge, and Chris Jericho. Hailing from West Bengal, Roy is currently pursuing her master's in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. As a core member of the University's Cultural Committee, she has won various inter and intra-University competitions. Apart from sports, she has been a lifestyle and entertainment blogger in the past.

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