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Randy Orton Could Become Highest Paid Wrestler Ever With His Next WWE Contract (Details)

Randy Orton World Heavyweight Champion 2004

• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 16, 2017) – WWF Legend Passed Away

On this day in 2017, we lost Old School WWF Legend George “The Animal” Steele (Real name: William James Myers) at the age of 79 due to kidney failure.

George Steele wrestled for the World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation during the 60s, 70s and 80s before he semi-retired in 1988 because he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

The Animal did return for a few appearances in 1997, 1998 & 2010, as well as wrestling Jeff Jarrett on WCW Monday Nitro in early 2000.

He became a WWF/E Hall of Famer when he was inducted into the World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame (now known as “WWE Hall of Fame”) in 1995 by Doink “The Clown”.


April 16, 1937 – February 16, 2017

• Randy Orton Could Become Highest Paid Wrestler Ever With His Next WWE Contract (Details)

According to The Dirty Sheets, 13 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton signed a 5 year deal with WWE back in 2010 with an option to automatically extend if both sides were happy. Both WWE & Orton opted to continue the deal in 2015, thus making it a 10 year deal.

Orton is making a whopping $4.5 million every year with 3.5% cut of merchandise sales, a tour bus, first class travel and only has to work 150 dates per year.

The Dirty Sheets is now reporting that if Orton signs the same 10 year deal with $4.5 million per year when his contract with WWE expires in 10 months, then it would make him the highest paid wrestler ever (surpassing John Cena at #1).

However, Dirty Sheets’ source noted that Orton is expected to re-sign a 5 year deal with less money & less dates for around $3m-$3.5 million a year (with this deal Orton would surpass Hulk Hogan and take the #2 spot on the list of the highest paid wrestlers of all time).

Below is a list of the highest paid wrestlers of all time (the following data is the estimate earnings of all wrestlers beginning from WrestleMania 1 in 1985 and includes money made from WWF/E, WCW, ECW, TNA, indies and via sponsorship deals):

1) John Cena $98.2m

2) Hulk Hogan $62.75m

3) Randy Orton $62.6m

4) Triple H $57.9m

5) Undertaker $41.5m

6) Steve Austin $39.2m

7) Shawn Michaels $34.5m

8) Bret Hart $31.5m

9) Brock Lesnar $28.3m

10) Ric Flair $26.8m

11) The Rock $25.2m

12) Randy Savage $23.75m

13) Chris Jericho $22.5m

14) Kane $21.5m

15) Mick Foley $20.25m

16) Kevin Nash $19.4m

17) Sting $18.8m

18) Big Show $18.25m

19) Batista $17.5m

20) Roman Reigns $17.2m

21) Kurt Angle $17m

22) Scott Hall $16.5m

23) Edge $15.75m

24) Shane McMahon $15.5m

25) Rey Mysterio $14.3m

26) Sheamus $13.75m

27) Goldberg $13.5m

28) Mark Henry $12.75m

29) Rowdy Piper $12.7m

30) Lex Luger $12.5m

31) Ultimate Warrior $12.2m

32) Ted DiBiase $11.8m

33) Seth Rollins $11.25m

34) Dolph Ziggler $10.75m

35) The Miz $10.5m

36) Dean Ambrose $10.5m

37) DDP $10.3m

38) Big Boss Man $9.75m

39) CM Punk $9.5m

40) Jerry Lawler $9.4m (WWE only)

41) Andre the Giant $8.6m

42) Sycho Sid $8.25m

43) Daniel Bryan $7.25m

44) Jake Roberts $7.2m

45) Sable $5.8m

46) Trish Stratus $5.3m

The Dirty Sheets also revealed the following interesting notes about the above list:

– Steve Austin had the two biggest years in wrestling. Austin made $12.8 million in 1998 and $11.5 million in 1999.

– John Cena has earned over $8 million a year between 2006 and 2015.

– Hulk Hogan made over $5 million a year from 1987 to 1991 ($6.8 million in 1989).

– The Rock owns the record for the highest payout per match. He made over $7 million for his matches at WrestleMania 28 & 29.

– Brock Lesnar has the highest average payout per appearance.

– Randy Savage had the biggest individual sponsorship deal for a wrestler till date. He earned $3 million for promoting Slim Jim. Brock Lesnar is #2 on this list, as he has made $1.75 million from Jimmy Johns.

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