Not John Cena and The Rock. The richest names in WWE will surprise you.

WHATEVER you think of wrestling, you can’t deny that it’s entertaining.

That’s why stars like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena make a mint in the ring.

 Dwayne Johnson made a career out of wrestling in the acting world

Dwayne Johnson made a career out of wrestling in the acting worldCredit: Getty – Contributor
But who’s the highest-earning wrestler in the world?

Join SunSport in bringing you the top ten highest earners and how much they’re worth…

10. Mick Foley – £11.6m

A WWE Hall of Famer, Foley was a four-time World Champion and eleven-time World Tag Team Champion.

 Mick Foley is a WWE Hall of Famer

Mick Foley is a WWE Hall of Famer
He wrestled under names including Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind.

Foley now occasionally appears as a guest referee.

9. Chris Jericho – £13.9m

Canada’s most famous wrestling export, Jericho currently wrestles in both New Japan Pro-Wrestling and AEW.

 Chris Jericho is Canada's finest wrestler

Chris Jericho is Canada’s finest wrestlerCredit: Getty – Contributor

 He now fights in WWE's rival promotion All Elite Wrestling

He now fights in WWE’s rival promotion All Elite WrestlingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Now 51, Lionheart, as he’s affectionately called by his loyal following, had his greatest moment in 2001 when he became the first Undisputed WWF Champion.

He beat The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on Vengeance that night.

8. Big Show – £15.5m

The giant star, who stands at seven feet tall, has supplemented his wrestling income with TV and film work.

 Big Show stands at 7ft tall and has earned a mint from wrestling

Big Show stands at 7ft tall and has earned a mint from wrestlingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Big Show is also the only man to have held the WCW, WWE, World Heavyweight and ECW World titles.

He’s appeared in Jingle All the Way alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as Adam Sandler comedy The Waterboy and was also the star of his own Netflix show.

7. Brock Lesnar – £19m

Whether it’s UFC or WWE, The Beast Incarnate has done well financially out of both sports.

 Brock Lesnar became the youngest WWE Champ aged just 25

Brock Lesnar became the youngest WWE Champ aged just 25Credit: AP:Associated Press

 He also fought in the UFC before being suspended for testing positive for a banned substance

He also fought in the UFC before being suspended for testing positive for a banned substanceCredit: WWE
He became the then-youngest ever WWE Champion at the age of 25 back in 2002.

Lesnar returned to the UFC in 2016 and defeated Mark Hunt, before he tested positive for a banned substance so was fined and suspended for a year.

6. Kurt Angle – £19m

In the WWE, King Kurt has held the WWF/WWE Championship four times, the WCW Championship once, and the World Heavyweight Championship once.

 Kurt Angle, pictured with Ronda Rousey, has made £19m in a distinguished career

Kurt Angle, pictured with Ronda Rousey, has made £19m in a distinguished careerCredit: Rex Features

 He won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics

He won a gold medal at the 1996 OlympicsCredit: WWE
His greatest wrestling achievement though could be argued happened in Atlanta at the 1996 Olympics, where he won the freestyle wrestling gold medal.

John Cena once said of his rival: “He is, without question, the most gifted all-around performer we have ever had step into a ring. There will never be another like him.”

These achievements appeared not enough to save him from the WWE’s post-coronavirus cull earlier this year.

And although the 53-year-old made a brief return in May 2020 it appears that he has now left the promotion for good.

5. Hulk Hogan – £20m

The man that kickstarted the idea that wrestlers could transcend their own sport.

 Hulk Hogan was instantly recognisable because of his trademark bandana

Hulk Hogan was instantly recognisable because of his trademark bandanaCredit: Corbis – Getty

 Hogan is a twelve-time world champion

Hogan is a twelve-time world championCredit: AP:Associated Press

 He has made a £20m fortune because of the sport

He has made a £20m fortune because of the sportCredit: Getty Images – Getty
His trademark bandana and vest ripping made him a fans’ favourite in the ring.

Hulk was a twelve-time world champion: a six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion/WWF Champion and a six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

4. Triple H – £31.3m

Paul Michael Levesque, better known as Triple H, is also the Executive Vice President of Global Talent, Strategy and Development as well as the founder and senior producer of NXT.

 Triple H is married to Stephanie McMahon

Triple H is married to Stephanie McMahonCredit: Getty – Contributor

 He won two Royal Rumble events in 2002 and 2016

He won two Royal Rumble events in 2002 and 2016Credit: WWE

 Triple H is the founder and senior producer of NXT

Triple H is the founder and senior producer of NXTCredit: WWE
Married to the Chief Brand Officer of the WWE, Stephanie McMahon, he won two Royal Rumble events, once in 2002 and another in 2016.

He has a total of 25 championships, including nine reigns as WWF/WWE Champion and five as WWE’s World Heavyweight Champion.

As per TheRichest, The Game is estimated to be worth over £31 million.

3. Steve Austin – £35.2m

“WHAT?”

 Steve Austin, nicknamed Stone Cold, was originally called The Ringmaster when he joined the WWF in 1995

Steve Austin, nicknamed Stone Cold, was originally called The Ringmaster when he joined the WWF in 1995Credit: WWE

 The Texas Rattlesnake was the special guest referee for Donald Trump's Billionaire match against Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 23

The Texas Rattlesnake was the special guest referee for Donald Trump’s Billionaire match against Vince McMahon at WrestleMania Credit: Getty Images – Getty
That now-infamous chant echoed by wrestling fans was introduced by Stone Cold FIRST all those years ago.

Another interesting fact is when he first joined the WWF (now WWE) in 1995, he went under the nickname The Ringmaster.

Austin is a Triple Crown Champion, a six-time WWF Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion

2. John Cena – £43m

 John Cena has a record-tying 16 world title wins under his belt

John Cena has a record-tying 16 world title wins under his beltCredit: WWE

 Cena is a two-time Royal Rumble winner

Cena is a two-time Royal Rumble winnerCredit: WWE

 He has headlined WrestleMania five times

He has headlined WrestleMania five timesCredit: Getty – Contributor
With 16 world title wins under his belt, Cena is tied in first place for most in the WWE with Ric Flair.

He’s a two-time Royal Rumble winner (2008 and 2013), and has headlined WrestleMania on five occasions in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Also a box office draw in Hollywood, Cena has appeared in films including Trainwreck and The Marine.

1. Dwayne Johnson  – £200m+

 Dwayne Johnson is the highest-earning wrestler of all time

Dwayne Johnson is the highest-earning wrestler of all timeCredit: Getty – Contributor

 The Rock has appeared in several movies including the Fast and Furious franchise

The Rock has appeared in several movies including the Fast and Furious franchiseCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

 He is an eight-time WWE Champion

He is an eight-time WWE ChampionCredit: AP:Associated Press
Leading the way by a country mile, The Rock isn’t just the biggest earner in wrestling – he’s the highest-grossing movie star on the planet.

According to Men’s Health, his net worth is £172million while The Express claims the real figure is closer to £244.1m.

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