People often wonder why almost every Professional Wrestling Superstar wants to become a part of WWE. Sometimes, WWE's booking doesn't make sense. Most of the promos are scripted and Superstars are given very little to no creative control over their on-screen characters. However, most Superstars still choose to work for WWE than for any other promotion. Two main reasons for this are Fame and Money.
WWE may not allow a Superstar to behave, speak or wrestle like he/she wants to, but would definitely cover him/her financially. Even Superstars who are barely seen on TV (e.g. Mike Kanellis) earn over $200,000 per year. Here, we will list down 7 Highest Earning Full-time Superstars. The list won't include Part-timers like Brock Lesnar, HHH, Undertaker, John Cena etc. Also, The list won't include merch or ticket sales bonuses that Superstars receive.
Kevin Owens may not be having the best time on-screen this year but that doesn't mean he isn't having the time of his life. Kevin Owens made his NXT debut in 2014 and received his main roster call up a few months later. Kevin Owens has enjoyed a decorated career so far. He has won multiple Championships, including the Universal Championship. Kevin Owens just needs to win the Tag Titles to become a Grand Slam Champion. Kevin Owens earns approximately $2 Million per year. Expect Owens to climb up the ranks as he has recently signed a long-term contract with WWE.
Although the Lunatic Fringe spent most of this year out of action, that didn't reduce his popularity among the fans. The WWE Universe had been anticipating Dean's return for many months, before he finally made his return last month to re-align with Seth Rollins. Dean Ambrose is a part of The Shield and became the first member of the group to become the Grand Slam Champion. Expect big things in the Lunatic Fringe's future, starting with a potential heel turn. Like Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose earns $2 Million per year too.
The Miz has been a part of WWE since 2004. The Miz has experienced several ups and downs during his WWE tenure. He became a Grand Slam Champion in 2012 but his career went downhill in 2013. However, his career skyrocketed again when his real-life wife, Maryse returned in 2016 and aligned with him. With the help of Maryse, The Miz once again became one of WWE's top heels. Since 2016, The Miz has feuded with the likes of The Shield, Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan etc. The Miz takes home $2.5 Million per year.
How can we discuss Grand Slam Champions and not include the King-slayer, Seth Rollins in the discussion? Seth Rollins is the current Intercontinental Champion and one of the best wrestlers, not just in WWE but in the World. Rollins put on amazing matches on a weekly basis. Earlier this year, he lasted more than one hour in a gauntlet match. He eliminated Roman Reigns and John Cena before getting pinned and therefore eliminated by Elias. Currently, Seth Rollins is a part of the re-united Shield. Rollins earns $3 Million per year.
The current WWE Champion and The Phenomenal One, AJ Styles finally joined WWE in 2016 after achieving success in TNA, ROH, NJPW etc. A few weeks ago, Styles became the longest reigning World Champion, exclusive to Smackdown. AJ Styles is one of the few Superstars who found success both outside WWE and in WWE. AJ Styles has spent nearly half of his time in WWE as the WWE Champion and has gone toe to toe with Superstars like John Cena, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar etc. AJ Styles earns $3.5 Million per year. In addition to that, Styles is also one of the top merchandise sellers in WWE.
Randy Orton is one of the last remaining full-time performers of The Ruthless Aggression era. Randy Orton has a lot of achievements under his belt. From becoming the youngest World Heavyweight Champion at the age of 24 to finally winning the US title this year and becoming a Grand Slam Champion, Orton has achieved almost everything that a WWE veteran wishes to. Randy Orton's recent heel turn has set him on a new path and it looks like he is about to receive a huge push in the coming months. Randy Orton's per year income is around $4.5 Million.
Topping this list is the current Universal Champion and WWE's Top Merchandise seller, Roman Reigns. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone as Reigns has been WWE's “Top Guy” since 2015. He has beaten Superstars like The Undertaker, John Cena and Brock Lesnar. Reigns also holds the record for most eliminations in a 30-man Royal Rumble match. Roman Reigns has also main evented the last 4 Wrestlemanias. Reigns became a Grand Slam Champion last November by winning the Intercontinental Championship from The Miz. Roman Reigns' yearly income crosses the $5 Million mark.