The past few days Wrestling stories have mostly been about WWE stars being released or put on furlough so that the company can save money. It has been estimated that by releasing over 20 stars and postponing the move of the WWE headquarters, they can save up to $4million.
Forbes released the numbers today and stated that the figures are up on last year due to lucrative TV deals and competition from the likes of AEW.
Lesnar is still comfortably WWE’s top earner having said to have been wrestling on a flat rate per appearance since he returned to McMahon’s company eight years ago.
He only signed a new year long deal that runs until this summer, but still rakes in double of the next-closest star, Roman Reigns.
Future Hall of Famer Randy Orton is up next with earnings of £3.3m and he is followed by Seth Rollins on £3m.
The latter’s fiancee Becky Lynch is the first woman wrestler to make the top ten after a meteoric year in which she became the company’s top female star.
After so many Stars left without jobs this week you can’t help but wonder if they could have been kept on if the wages were distributed differently. It would be interesting to work out how much the likes of Lesner and Goldberg get paid per minute of match.