Vince McMahon is the richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion. Vince is the CEO and chairman of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) company. WWE brings in approximately $1 billion worth of revenue every year. WWE broadcasts in over 150 countries now. In 1972, Vince joined his father's company which was called the World Wrestling Federation at the time. 10 years later, he purchased the company and transformed it into a global phenomenon. He was also formerly a wrestler known as "Mr. McMahon" and participated in WWE.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the second richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $320 million. He is a former wrestler and is currently known as an actor. He started his career as a professional wrestler in WWE in 1996. Over the years, "The Rock" has accumulated 17 championship titles. He is now known for his acting career in movies such as Baywatch, Jumanji, Fast and Furious series, and more. During his time, "The Rock" was one of the most beloved and popular wrestlers.
John Cena is the third richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $55 to $60 million., Cena began his professional wrestling career in 1999 with Ultimate Pro Wrestling but in 2001 signed a contract with WWE. He holds 21 championship titles, out of which 16 are world championships. 13 of those are WWE championships and the other 3 are World Heavyweight championships. John Cena has also appeared in movies such as 12 Rounds, The Marine, and Legendary. Cena is known for his catchphrase "You can't see me."
Stephanie McMahon is the fourth richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $45 million. She is Vince McMahon's daughter and a former wrestler. Currently, she is the chief brand officer for WWE. She held the WWF women's championship once. She got engaged and married wrestler Triple H both on and off-screen. She has been known to make sporadic appearances on WWE Raw and Smackdown. McMahon has been working for WWE while growing up, taking up different roles such as model, receptionist, wrestler, and now a chief brand officer.
Paul Michael Levesque, also known by his ring name "Triple H," is the fifth richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $40 million. Triple H initially began his career in 1993 when he signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and then signed with WWF in 1995. Triple H holds 14 world championships; he's a five-time World Heavyweight champion and nine-time WWE champion. He is married to Stephanie McMahon, the chief brand officer of WWE. Outside of wrestling, Triple H has made multiple appearances on television and film.
Steve Austin, also known as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is the sixth richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $30 million., He is a former wrestler and began his career in 1989. He has wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. In 2003, he had to retire due to chronic injuries. He is known to be one of the most popular wrestlers in the history of WWE. He was the WWF Champion 6 times and WWF Intercontinental Champion 2 times.
Brock Lesnar is the seventh richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $28 million. Lesnar is a wrestler for WWE and performs under Raw. He signed with WWE in 2000 and after debuting as the main roster in 2002, he won three WWE championships. Lesnar also pursued careers in mixed martial arts, UFC, and finally in 2006 signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a professional footballer. He once again signed with WWE in 2012 after taking an 8-year long hiatus. Since his return, he has won the WWE world championships four more times.
Hulk Hogan is the eighth richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $25 million. Hogan is well known for his wrestling career at WWE, but he is also a television personality and actor. He was highly popular in the 1980s and 1990s in WWE and WCW. In 2005, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at WWE. Hogan is a 12-time world champion with 6 WCW World Heavyweight championships and 6 WWE World championships. From 2010 to 2013, Hogan signed as an on-screen general manager with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Kurt Angle is the ninth richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $25 million. Angle is a retired professional wrestler and he was previously signed as an agent and producer for WWE. During the 1996 Summer Olympics, he won a freestyle wrestling gold medal. Angle has completed the amateur wrestling Grand Slam, making him one of the four people to do so. This includes NCAA, Junior Nationals, World Championships, and the Olympics. In 2016, he got inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame for his success and achievements.
Paul Donald Wight, also known by his ring name "Big Show," is the tenth richest wrestler as of 2020 with an estimated net worth of $20 million. He is currently signed with WWE and performs under Smackdown. Big Show is a 7-time world champion, having won 2 WWE championships, 2 WCW World Heavyweight championships, 1 ECW World Championship, and 2 World Heavyweight championships. He is the only wrestler that holds all four of these championship wins. Outside of wrestling, Big Show has also appeared in several television series and movies.
In the United States, the major wrestling organizations are World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Ali Elite Wrestling (AEW) and Impact Wrestling. Out of these four, WWE is the largest organization and by far the most popular. WWE is signed with multiple major wrestlers, and are known for their alluring storylines. Fans all over the world are dedicated to watching WWE.
WWE's main roster players make a certain amount of money, roughly around $500,000. Top-performing wrestlers will make around close seven figures. All wrestlers have a base salary, and that may increase or decrease depending on circumstances. They also make money from live events and are paid royalties. Overall, the majority of the money from WWE comes from live events and consumer products.
Overall, there are a total of 18 WWE championships. Currently, WWE has Raw, Smackdown, and NXT. These are different types of television programs under WWE. Male wrestlers in all three of the programs have a primary and secondary championship. There is a single championship for female wrestlers and one championship for tag-teams. There is also a women's tag-team championship that all three programs share.
Vince McMahon is a third-generation wrestling promoter and the CEO and chairman of WWE. After he acquired Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he became the sole major professional wrestling promoter in America. Although he joined and purchased his father's wrestling business, McMahon saw the potential of monetizing wrestling and making it bigger than it previously was. This is what led him to develop WrestleMania, which became one of the most successful wrestling events. McMahon had always visioned to make wrestling a global phenomenon and succeeded as WWE now broadcasts all over the world in multiple languages.