Professional wrestling is a lucrative business but how much are the pro wrestlers themselves getting paid?
That's a topic that has generally been shrouded in secrecy for a number of reasons. That doesn't mean there haven't been folks willing to take the time to try to figure out as much and that's exactly what CelebrityNetWorth.com has done.
The website lists the top 25 wrestlers in terms of money and uses the following formula to get its numbers:
The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager's fees, agents' fees, and lifestyle.
It should be noted that we have no way of substantiating these numbers. In fact, The Rock is listed at number one with a net worth of $70 million while Forbes listed him at number 70 in its Celebrity 100 earlier this year and put his "pay" at $36 million. So keep that in mind when looking at the list.
Still, it's fascinating enough to pass along.
25. The Miz ($5 million)
24. Ric Flair ($5 million)
23. Hulk Hogan ($5 million)
22. Alberto Del Rio ($6 million)
21. Randy Orton ($6 million)
20. Jerry Lawler ($7 million)
19. CM Punk ($7.5 million)
18. Kevin Nash ($8 million)
17. Rey Mysterio ($8.5 million)
16. JBL ($9 million)
15. Batista ($10 million)
14. Goldberg ($12 million)
13. Brock Lesnar ($12.5 million)
12. Edge ($14 million)
11. Bret Hart ($14 million)
10. Mick Foley ($15 million)
9. Undertaker ($16 million)
8. Shawn Michaels ($17 million)
7. Chris Jericho ($18 million)
6. Kurt Angle ($20 million)
5. Triple H ($25 million)
4. Big Show ($30 million)
3. John Cena ($35 million)
2. Stone Cold Steve Austin ($45 million)
1. The Rock ($70 million)
And there you have it, folks. Thoughts?