That’s a nice paycheck. There are a lot of things to criticize about WWE and several of those complaints are rather valid. The company has a lot of issues involving its creative direction and the way it treats its wrestlers, but there is one thing that WWE can do rather well: make a lot of money. WWE is a revenue machine, but where does that money go? We now know the answer in a few cases.

During the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer mentioned that WWE pays its roster about 8% of its revenue, while most sports leagues pay 50%. If WWE followed the normal model, the main roster wrestlers would be making around $5 million each. However, that is only the case with Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, while there are “a couple” of people who make around $3 million, though they were not named.

There is some highly paid talent in WWE. Check out the biggest ones, together and apart:

Opinion: I don’t think anyone should be surprised that Lesnar and Reigns are the highest paid names in WWE, but I’m not sure if they should be the highest paid by that margin. There are a lot of talented wrestlers on the roster who do a lot of great work for the company. You would think that a promotion that brings in this much money would be able to afford paying its wrestlers more, but that does not seem to be how WWE works.

What do you think of WWE’s method of paying its wrestlers? Who deserves a raise? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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