The World Heavyweight Championship is widely recognized as the most historic championship in WWE.Dating back to 1963, the WWE Championship was first awarded to Buddy Rogers after he defeated Antonino Rocca in the finals of a tournament in April. Since that time, the biggest names in the business have held the title, including Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant, Bret Hart, The Rock and “Stone Cold“ Steve Austin. Right now, we watch the likes of current WWE Champion Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, John Cena, Alberto Del Rio,e.t.c.These guys love the sport despite the pain they go through in the ring but then, these guys are boxed up big time.In this article,we look at the top ten richest wrestlers in the WWE right now.
10. Randal Keith Orton a.k.a Randy Orton – $6m
Currently signed to WWE, Randy Orton is a well known professional wrestler with an estimated net worth of $6 million as of 2015.Born on April 1, 1980 in Tennessee, Randal Keith Orton is a third generation professional wrestler in their family. His father Bob Orton Jr. and grandfather Bob Orton Sr were also professional boxers. Barry O, his uncle, has also competed in professional boxing industry.
Prior to his WWE/WWF career, Randy Orton has participated in the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling. Right after joining the WWF, Orton won the WWE Intercontinental Championship. He became the youngest WWE world heavyweight champion after winning the title at age 24. In 2006, he won the World Tag Team Championship after collaborating with the Edge. Throughout his entire professional wrestling career, he became a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and six-time WWE Champion. In 2009, he won the Royal Rumble match.In September 2007, Orton married his current wife, Samantha Speno in July 2008, and gave birth to their daughter Alanna Marie Orton.
9. Jose Rodriguez a.k.a Del Rio – $6m
Jose Alberto Rodríguez is a Mexican professional wrestler, who is better known by his ring name Alberto Del Rio. He was born on May 25th, 1977 in San Luis Potosi. Alberto’s net worth has been estimated to be $6 million. His wealth and fame came after signing a contract with the WWE as a performer.
He was the Royal Rumble 2011 winner. Alberto outlasted 39 other participants to win the largest Royal Rumble match ever. On the same year, he was also Mr. Money in the Bank. Del Rio is a two-time WWE Champion. Before working for WWE, he used the name Dos Caras Jr. He used to work in Mexico’s main wrestling promotions, and achieved success in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Alberto was also a former CMLL World Heavyweight Champion. So overall, he is a four-time world heavyweight champion.
The truth is that, wrestling is in his blood. He has grown up in a family that has been into this sport. Alberto earned a degree in architecture from the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi. He started his WWE career with Smack Down. On April 25, 2011, he was drafted from Smack Down to Raw. Del Rio has always played a heroic character – he is well known for his finishing move, the Cross Armbreaker. Throughout his wrestling career, he has used plenty of ring names such as El Dorado, Alberto Del Rio, Dorado, Dos, Dos Caras, Alberto Banderas, and others.He is the son of the noted luchador Dos Caras, nephew of Mil Mascaras and Sicodelico, and cousin to Sicodelico JR. He belongs to one of the best known Mexican wrestling families.
8. Stephen Farrelly a.k.a Sheamus – $7m
Sheamus is an Irish professional wrestler who has an estimated net worth of $7 million. He was born Stephen Farrelly on January 28, 1978 in Dublin, Ireland. Currently, he is signed to WWE where he performs under the ring name Sheamus. Other ring names include King Sheamus, Sheamus O’Shaunessy and Stephen Farrelly.
Before he joined WWE, Stephen Farrelly was a two-time International Heavyweight Champion in the Irish Whip Wrestling. He used to play Gaelic football for the Erin’s Isle team where he was once declared sports star of the month. He also played rugby for the National College of Ireland where he earned a National Diploma. He is also a former IT technician who has also worked as a security for a nightclub. This led him to occasionally work as a bodyguard for Bono, Larry Mullen of U2 and Denise van Outen.
Aside from wrestling, Sheamus is also known for his acting roles in several films. In 2008, he played Two Ton in the movie The Escapist. In 2006, he had a small role in the Irish film 3 Crosses. He has appeared as a Celtic Warrior Zombie in the opening sequence of the 2009 film Assault of Darkness. He has played a leprechaun wrestler on The Podge and Rodge Show.
7. Glenn Thomas Jacobs a.k.a Kane $7m
Kane is estimated to have a net worth of $7 million. Born as Glenn Thomas Jacobs, Kane is best known as the character brother of The Undertaker in the world of wrestling. His wrestling career started in 1992 but this Spanish-born wrestler only joined the WWE three years later. Throughout his entire wrestling career, Kane has earned 19 championship awards which include 1 WWF Championship, 3 world championships, 1 world heavyweight championship, 1 ECW championship, 2 WWF/E intercontinental championship, WWF Hardcore Championship, and 12 tag team championships.Throughout the history of WWE, Kane is considered as the third grand slam champion. He entered the world of boxing as Angus King but later on, Jacobs re-emerged as Kane, the brother of The Undertaker.
6. Phillips Jack Cook a.k.a CM Punk – $7.5m
Born as Phillip Jack Brooks, CM Punk is a professional wrestler with an estimated net worth of $7.5 million as of 2012.
Currently signed to WWE, CM Punk is the longest reigning WWE champion (modern era) in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. He actually held the WWE Champion title for more than a year, from November 20, 2011 until January 27, 2013. Throughout his entire professional wrestling career, CM Punk has held 7 world championship titles. These include one-time ROH World Champion, one-time ECW Champion , two-time WWE champion and three-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Apart from being a WWE Intercontinental Championship title holder, CM Punk also won the World Tag Team Championship, through his collaboration with Kofi Kingston. He won the Money in the Bank matches twice, in 2008 and 2009, making him the only wrestler to win the match twice in a row. In 2011, he became a recipient of the Superstar of the Year Slammy Award.CM Punk was born on October 26, 1978 in Chicago Illinois. Currently single, Punk admitted on his interview with Maxim Magazine that he once had a relationship with professional wrestler, Beth Phoenix.
5. The Undertaker a.k,a Mark Williams Calaway – $16m
Also known as Texas Red, The Punisher and Master of Pain, The Undertaker, Mark William Calaway in real life, is a professional American wrestler with an estimated net worth of $16 million.Debuting into the World Class Championship Wrestling in 1984, The Undertaker left the company to sign with Continental Wrestling Association then to World Championship Wrestling.
Thanks to famous wrestler Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker was introduced to WWF/E executive Vince McMahon who brought up the gimmick, Undertaker. Portraying the deadman, The Undertaker appeared as an “undead, occult-like figure” in 1990 and in 1994, he appeared as a mystic, chilling superhuman deadman.
Throughout his entire professional wrestling career, The Undertaker was an 8-time World Champion, where he won 4 WWF/E Championships, 3 World Heavyweight Championships as The Undertaker, and as Master of Pain, he was a one-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion. Apart from being a WCW Tag Team Champion once, The Undertaker has also won the WWF Tag Team Championship for six times. He also won the 2007 Royal Rumble.
Currently, The Undertaker is married to his wife Michelle McCool after two unsuccessful marriages in the past. The Undertaker has four children named Kaia, Chasey, Gunner, and Gracie.
4. Christopher Irving a.k.a Chris Jericho – $18m
Christopher Keith Irvin in real life, Chris Jericho is a Canadian actor, author, musician, businessman, TV personality and professional wrestler with an estimated net worth of $18 million in 2012.
Currently playing for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Chris Jericho is known to play for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), as well as Japanese, Mexican and Canadian promotions. Throughout his entire career as a professional wrestler, Chris Jericho has held a total of 30 championship titles from WWF, WWE, ECW, and WCW. He is the first Undisputed WWE champion after winning the world championship and WWF championship by defeating Steve Austin and The Rock on the same night.
Hailed as the 4th WWE Grand Slam Champion, Chris Jericho has won 9 intercontinental championships, one WWF championship, two WCW/world championships, and three world heavyweight championships.
Outside the ring, Chris Jericho works as the lead vocalist of the band Fozzy. The band has released two albums so far which featured songs like Chasing the Grail (2010), Sin and Bones (2012) and All That Remains (2005). As a TV personality, Chris Jericho has appeared as the host of Revolver Golden Gods Awards and Downfall, prior to his appearance as a contender in the series Dancing With the Stars (2011).
Chris Jericho is married to his wife Jessica. The couple has three children together named Ash Edward, Sierra, Loretta and Cheyenne Lee. This Canadian celebrity was born on November 9, 1970 in Manhasset, New York.
3.Paul Wright a.k.a Big Show – $20m
Paul Wight in real life, Big Show is a famous actor and professional wrestler who is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). His net worth is estimated to be around $20 million.
A certified 7-time world champion, Big Show has won 2 WCW World Heavyweight Championships, 1 ECW World Heavyweight Championship, 2 World Heavyweight Championships and of course, 2 WWF/E Championship. This makes him the only professional wrestler to have won these four championships.
Throughout his entire professional wrestling career, Big Show has also won 1 WWE Intercontinental Championship, 1 WWE United States Championship, and 3 WWE Hardcore Championship. An eleven-time tag team champion, he won 5 world tag team championships partnering with The Miz, Chris Jericho, and Kane and The Undertaker, twice. He won 3 WWE Tag Team Championship together with Kane, The Miz and Chris Jericho. Partnering each with Sting, Scott Hall, and Lex Luger, he became a three-time WCW World Tag Team Championship.
Big Show is considered as the 24th WWE Triple Crown Champion and 16th Grand Slam Champion in the history of WWE. After Edge and Kurt Angle, he is the third professional wrestler to have won every male WWE Championship. On his entire wrestling career, he has held a total of 23 championship titles.
Outside the ring, Big Show is also a known actor. He appeared on shows like Star Trek: Enterprise, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, Knucklehead, and the Waterboy.
Big Show has been married twice. He has one child from his first marriage and his second marriage resulted to the birth of two children.
2. Paul Michael Levesque a.k.a Triple H $25m
The famous husband of the WWE executive Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Paul Michael Levesque in real life, is a popular professional wrestler with an estimated net worth of $25 million. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment as an occasional wrestler and company executive.
Currently working as WWE’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Triple H is considered as one of the most influential and greatest wrestling superstars in the history of WWE after The Undertaker’s reign.
Starting his career as Terra Ryzing at the World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Triple H moved to World Wrestling Federation under his ring name Jean-Paul Lévesque. His name Triple H is an abbreviated version of his character while working with the World Wrestling Federation, Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
Throughout his entire professional wrestling career, Triple H has held a total of 13 world championship titles. He is an eight-time WWF/WWE Champion, and five-time world heavyweight champion. Also, Triple H was the first Heavyweight championship title holder. He has also won the 2002 Royal Rumble, 1997 King of the Ring, and he was the second grand slam champion.
He married Stephanie McMahon as a part of a story line but later on, she became his wife in real life. Together, the couple has three daughters named Aurora Rose Levesque (b. 2006), Murphy Claire Levesque (b. 2008) and Vaughn Evelyn Levesque (b.2010).
1. John Cena: $20m
Originating from Massachusetts, Cena is undeniably one of the most popular professional wrestlers today.In 2012, this American athlete, rapper and actor is estimated to be worth $35 million.
Still signed to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), John Cena debuted into the world of professional wrestling in 2o01. Throughout his 12-year wrestling career, John Cena has already made several records including 19 championships, 12 world titles (World Heavyweight Championship twice and WWE Championship 1o times). He also earned three US Championships, 2 World Tag Team Championship (once each with Batista and Shawn Michaels) and 2 WWE Tag Team Championships (once each with The Miz and David Otunga). He also won two Royal Rumble Match (2008 and 2013) and Money in The Bank contract in 2012.
Apart from wrestling, John Cena has also pursued a career on music and acting. His album You Can’t See Me debuted into the US Billboard 200 chart at the #15 spot. He appeared on films like 12 Rounds, Legendary and The Marines. He has also appeared on TV shows like Manhunt, Punk’d, Deal or No Deal, Saturday Night Live, MADtv, Psych and Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race.