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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”.

† REST IN PEACE GEORGE STEELE!

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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