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WWE has been a regular staple in most homes all around the world for decades. The amazing storylines, the twists and turns and the larger than life characters of some of the personalities involved all contribute to make it such a spectacle to behold. As expected, many wrestlers have graced the stage since inception till date, and they have each profited from the franchise in the process. Prepare to be taken through the memory lane as we catch up with some of the legends to check out how they have been faring with life outside the ring. It will be nostalgic but also worth your time.
Big Show - $20 MILLION
Even from his moniker, it is easy to deduce that he was a giant among men. The big show was a terror to other wrestlers in his day as many struggled to cope with his sheer size in the ring. In the prime of his career, he won 7 titles before quitting the sport to pursue other interests. With such a successful career in the ring, money wouldn't be an issue, as he earned a staggering $20 million through the course of his career.
He dabbled briefly into the world of acting where he got a starring role in a few movies and a few TV shows. Knucklehead was the title of his last film as it appears the big man has taken a break from acting for a while.
TUGBOAT - UNKNOWN
Fred Ottman popularly known by his two aliases, Tugboat and Typhoon, was a member of the wrestling group known as The Natural Disasters. The group wasn't exactly groundbreaking and hardly won much. He was an ally of Hulk Hogan back in the day before his retirement in 2001. Since retirement, he has worked as a safety manager in Lakeland Florida as well as working as a little league team coach for the team his two sons play for.
Fred Ottman enjoyed a successful career, but not much is known about his net worth both within the ring and outside of it. What we can only say for sure is that he is not precisely in financial distress.
KANE - $9 MILLION
WWE superstars of yesteryears have gone in different directions in life. Among the lot, Glenn Thomas Jacobs aka Kane has blazed the trail in the political area. He contested and won the Mayoral elections in Knox County in 2018. Apart from his political appointment, Kane is a man of many means as he is also an insurer as well as businessman and actor.
In addition to all these, he remains a member of the WWE where he holds cameo appearances for the SmackDown brand on special occasions. His net worth is at a quite modest $9 million, but we wouldn't be surprised if he's worth a couple more millions in a few years.
KANE - $9 MILLION
Glenn Thomas Jacobs, or Kane, is currently 51 but still a member of WWE. He occasionally performs for the SmackDown brand, but has made a name for himself as an actor, businessman and even as a politician.
As far as his acting career is concerned, he landed a role in See No Evil, which was quite successful. In 2018 he managed to win the elections and became a mayor of Knox County. As if all of this was not enough, Glenn is also an insurer. If we take it all into account, we really cannot be surprised that he has a net worth of $9 million.
RIC FLAIR - $3 MILLION
If there is a character that so embodies the term Legend, then we have to say that person is Ric Flair. If you won 16 world titles with a career spanning 40 years in any sport, am willing to bet you would be considered a legend.
Just like most people, he had his highs and lows as well, especially in the period after his son died of Xanax and heroin overdose. The name Ric Flair doesn't just sound sleek; the personality behind the name was also lovable, which perhaps explains why he wrestled professionally for so long.
MACHO MAN - DECEASED
Randall Mario Poffo popularly known as Randy Savage or Macho Man, was one of the characters whose fame transcended the ring during his career. He was not just a nice fellow, he was right in his craft, and this could be attested to by the staggering 29 titles he won within a spate of 32 years.
Just as he enjoyed success in the ring, he likewise enjoyed success off it. Sadly, he died in a fatal car crash in 2011 at the age of 58.
REY MYSTERIO - ESTIMATED $10M
Mexico is a country with excellent wrestling heritage. One of the greatest wrestlers to emerge of the Latin American country is Oscar Gutierrez or put Rey Mysterio. He was such a unique character due to his height of 5 ft 6 in as well as his use of masks akin to that of the Lucha Libre wrestlers. Mysterio was such an efficient wrestler able to match with opponents more prominent than him because what he lacked height wise he made up in speed and agility. He is a serial winner as well having won multiple titles across multiple divisions such as World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Cruiserweight Championship, and the WWE Championship. Just like his predecessors, he seems to be in it for the long haul as he has also tested his skills in other wrestling events.
Dalip Singh Rana aka The Great Khali was a policeman who worked for the Punjab State Police before his foray into the world of wrestling. In terms of height, you are not likely to know or meet too many taller guys than the Great Khali in any sport. He was tall, and he had a giant fist to complement his size. He was just that tall, and he was, fortunately, able to maximize this to his benefit. Keen to budding mentor wrestlers, he established a wrestling school named Continental Wrestling Entertainment in 2015 to help train upcoming wrestlers in the art of wrestling. He returned to the ring in 2017 after a two-year hiatus to assist his associate Jinder Mahal in the Battleground. However, it seems the Great Khali is gradually winding up his wrestling career to concentrate fully on his rather blossoming TV career.
THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR - DECEASED
The name James Brian Hellwig might not ring a bell in the minds of many WWE fans, but The Ultimate Warrior might sure bring up some nostalgic feelings. He was either known as Dingo Warrior or the Ultimate Warrior throughout his wrestling career. The name stuck so much that his real name kind of sound weird and he had to change his name to Warrior in the year 1993.
The Ultimate Warrior was a subject of mystical beliefs and conspiracy theories before his death. At the time of his death in 2014 at the age of 54, it was believed by many that he had died a lot earlier and another wrestler was fighting using his name. This hypothesis is still shrouded in doubt, and we can't verify the absolute authenticity of these claims.
SUNNY – ESTIMATED $300K
Tammy Lynn Sytch is an excellent example of wrestlers who struggled with fame. This was because her wrestling career ended abruptly due to her inability to control her drug and alcohol abuse.
This subsequently set-off a chain of events that ultimately ended her wrestling career prematurely. She spent time behind bars in 2017 haven been booked for DUI on a couple of occasions. All of these events simultaneously contributed to the abrupt termination of her contract with WWE.
RAZOR RAMON – $3 MILLION
Razor Ramon is one of the more accomplished wrestlers of his generation. In some way, he is a poster boy for persistence and diligence as it took about a decade for him to appear in his first WCW and WWF.
He hasn't been in good shape of new haven struggled with varying medical issues ranging from seizures to low blood pressure etc. Here's wishing Razor Ramon quick recovery and long and prosperous life.
CHYNA – DECEASED
Joan Marie Laurer was popularly known by the stage name "Chyna" in her heyday. She is an icon for female wrestlers as she blazed the trail which others have followed. She joined WWF at a time when female wrestlers were nonexistent in the sport as she became the first woman to ever compete at the King of the Ring and Royal Rumble matches.
She retired on a positive note as she went straight into fitness and bodybuilding, which was a hobby for her back from her wrestling days. She had a brief stint in the adult industry as well. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2016 due to a seeming familiar foe; drug overdose. Her memory lives on.
SABLE - $1.5 MILLION
Sable is one of the earliest female wrestlers in the game. She is a woman of diverse means as she junketed between wrestling and modelling and subsequently tried her skills in the media and movie industry.
For those who don't know her, if you have watched the movies Corky Romano and Pacific Blue, you might know her because she featured in those movies. She married Brock Lesnar in 2006 and as far as we know the two remain happily married.
SID VICIOUS – $5 MILLION
Sid Eudy or Sid Vicious, is also one of the wrestlers of the older generation. He has been a pro wrestler since the 1980s, and he started his career at the World Championship Wrestling and eventually managed to become a part of WWF and WWE.
His career was far from unsuccessful, having won quite a few championship belts. He is 57 now and retired, but just a few years back, at 51, he was still fit enough and entered a competition, but it was more for show than anything else.
THE COACH - $2 MILLION
Jonathan Coachman, unlike many others, did not leave the spotlight despite ending his career as a professional wrestler. He worked as a commentator for the RAW brand for a couple of years before his retirement to pursue other interests in 2018. Having spent so many years working for the WWE and consequent upon his love and affection for the franchise, we are not betting against a return to commentary or any other similar service by The Coach in the nearest future.
Nowadays, The Coach is happily married. He is married to Ana with whom he has two children. He has been quite prudent with his earnings as is worth an estimated $2 million nowadays and that figure seems primed to increase further rather than diminish.
MIDEON – UNKNOWN
Well, on a light note, Dennis Knight was more famous for his nicknames than his actual skill in the ring. He was known as Mideon and was also known by other aliases such as Tex Slazenger and Phineas I. Godwin. He was a member of the WCW and WWE back in the day. He also wrestled for a tag team known as The Godwinns.
He retired early to pursue other interests which happened to be catering. He works as a chef nowadays and is domiciled in the Tampa Bay area.
SKINNER - $1.5 MILLION
Steve Keirn or Skinner was a notable member of The Fabulous Team. The name may not ring a bell, especially for those who weren't familiar with WWF back in the 1980s. He was a consummate wrestler who gave a lot to the sport such that he continued to remain actively involved in the sport even after retirement.
He launched his school to train budding wrestlers and instruct them on the rudiments and basics of the game. Now a bit advanced in age, 66 years old, still operates a gym in his beloved Florida where he resides with family.
SCOTTY 2 HOTTY - UNKNOWN
Scotty 2 Hotty is another legend worthy of mention. Also known as Scott Ronald Garland or Scott Taylor; he remains fully involved with the WWE where he still works as a coach in the WWE Performance Center.
As a younger man, he tried a career switch when he attempted to transition from wrestling to firefighting, i.e., from fighting men to fighting the fire. Well, he soon realized the stark difference between these two realities and quickly retraced his steps back to WWE 3 years after calling it quits.
BRIAN “CRUSH” ADAMS – DECEASED
Brian Adams popularly called Crush was a popular wrestler who competed for the WWF and WCW. He did not like using his alias in World Championship Wrestling, so he competed with his name.
Although he tried adopting boxing as a career after he retired from wrestling, several personal injuries prevented him. Brain died In 2007 at the age of 43 due to respiratory failure.
THE ROCK - $220 MILLION
This man is a classified legend that does not need much introduction. His name is Dwayne Douglas Johnson, and he also goes by the stage name 'The Rock.' He became more popular when he began to act in Hollywood films. However, some people do not know that he was one of the greatest wrestlers. There is absolutely no stopping his flow when he is on motion.
Perhaps, this is why it should not come as a surprise to discover his net worth of two hundred and twenty million dollars. To cap it off, he was once included in the list of Time's world most influential people. He has also proven to be a man with a heart of gold as he established the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation with the main goal of providing aid for terminally ill children.
KELLY KELLY - $1 MILLION
Barbara Jean Blank toed a familiar line which was beginning to gain notoriety with female wrestlers, modelling. Modelling was a part of her routine side by side wrestling, but upon retirement, she branched into the TV industry where she appeared on a couple of TV shows such as WAGS which is premiered on E!.
She also featured in a movie entitled Days of Our Lives in 2017, 5 years after her retirement from WWE. From all indication, life outside the ring has been great for Kelly!
MR. MCMAHON - $1.7 BILLION
If you own a franchise that has made multimillionaires of others, it is only legitimate that you will be a few quid richer yourself. Well, if you don't know, Mr. McMahon, the CEO, and owner of WWE, is a freaking rich man; a billionaire! He is not just a gregarious personality; he also has the money to back it up.
While WWE is certainly a money-spinning franchise, Mr. Vincent McMahon makes his money from several business ventures he owns or is a stakeholder. Aside from the WWE, he is also an actor, film producer, businessman and owns another company known as Alpha Entertainment. As expected he owns a couple of mansions and a yacht which is not so unexpected with the status of a billionaire.
YOKOZUNA - DECEASED
Between the last two decades and today, several Samoans have attained fame and prominence from their exploits in the ring. Rodney Agatupa Anoaʻi or Yokozuna is one of them. He was the first wrestler of Samoan origin, and he brought glory to his heritage winning the WWF World Heavyweight Championship as a result.
Yokozuna was a slightly obese man and based on his exploits in the ring was loved all around the world. Unfortunately, his career ended untimely when he died in the year 2000 at the age of 34 when he was on a tour of Europe. He was later diagnosed to have died of pulmonary oedema rather than the earlier suspected heart attack.
GOLDBERG - $14 MILLION
William Scott Goldberg is one of the icons of WWE. It is noteworthy to say that there are many superstars in WWE currently, but the history of the franchise will not be complete without mentioning stars such as Goldberg who helped propel the sport into global renown, winning lots of fans from across the world.
He was really good and was undefeated for a year from 1997 to 1998. Nowadays, Goldberg is domiciled in California where he lives with his wife and son and operates a small boxing facility.
JACQUELINE - UNKNOWN
On the roll call of female wrestling legends, Jacqueline DeLois Moore or Jacqueline is third on the list. This is because she was the third woman to win a Cruiserweight Championship title. She loved the sport so much that apart from wrestling in the ring, she also worked off it as a manager. After her stint in wrestling, she tried her hands in the entertainment industry, and she was featured as a trainer on the MTV reality TV series “Tough Enough.”
Her efforts as a wrestler were not a waste as she was rewarded for her contributions to the sport when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. She is approaching her sixties nowadays and seems to be doing well for herself.
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN - $45 MILLION
If you are a hard-core wrestling fan and you do not know the bald-headed guy fond of cranking can-beers after a victory, then, it might be safe to say you are probably not much of a fan of WWE. Steve Austin or Stone Cold Steve Austin, was one of the most famous and entertaining wrestlers in WWE history.
He was the WWF Champion for a staggering six times and has an estimated net worth of $45 million which didn’t come as a surprise as he dabbled into acting after he retired from wrestling. Just like his wrestling career, he made a fast and furious pace towards prominence in the show business as he has featured in many movies, notable among which is "The Expendables." From all indications, his career in the movie industry is going fine, and the sky seems to be the limit.
MICK FOLEY - $15 MILLION
His real name is Michael Francis; he adds other nicknames such as Dude Love, Cactus Jack, and Mankind. However, unlike most people on this list, he retired early. His next destination after wrestling was entertainment where he made his mark in the movie industry acting; he also appeared on radio shows few times.
In a brilliant move, he ensured the connection of his wrestling career with acting. This happened on an episode of “Boy meets World” where he played the role of “Mankind.” To date, he engages in charitable acts that are mostly targeted at kids. Currently, he lives happily with Colette, his sweetheart, and his beautiful four children.
BATISTA - $13 MILLION
This is another unique wrestler that is enjoying his post-wrestling days. His real name is David Michael Bautista Jr., he engages in acting, mixed martial arts and bodybuilding.
As soon as his wrestling career ended, he began acting and has appeared in numerous films. These include movies such as Riddick, The Man with the Iron Fists, Spectre. Most notably, he appeared as the character 'Drax' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, at one point in his career, he was almost framed for using steroids by one company that was being investigated for prescription drugs. But the claims were not substantiated with facts and Bautista himself denied the claims.
Hulk Hogan $25 million
Terre Gene Bollea or Hulk Hogan, his ringside name, is one of the people who revolutionized wrestling. He tested his hands at acting, entrepreneurship, music, and he was a television personality at some point. His Midas touch was seen in all that he did, being fruitful in every endeavor he ventured. He owns an energy drink company and a website, Hogan nutrition, where he gives dietary and supplements advice to readers.
His divorce in 2007 was rough on him, a case that dragged on for years, resulting in him almost losing all his investments and cash. His age has not had so much influence on his looks; he looks healthy and in top shape, and he exercises regularly.
Randy Orton -- $11 million
Randy Keith Orton is old and fresh. He is one of the few among his peers who is still wrestling to date. Randy Orton performs on smackdown, even though over the years has shuffled between Smackdown and Raw. He has acted in a few movies, although not blockbuster ones. He featured in THAT’S WHAT I AM.
He has also appeared on television programs such as Jimmy Kimme Live! And on “Deal or no Deal.” He divorced his wife, Samantha Speno in 2013 and got married to Kimberly Kessler in 2015. A 2007 case that implicated him on using steroids was never finalized and he never commented on the incident.
Edge $14 million
Adam Joseph Copeland or Edge is a wrestling “Hall of fame” member. After his retirement from wrestling, he went into acting and has been relatively successful.
With 31 championship belt to his name, he is no small player in wrestling. His autobiography, Adam Copeland on Edge, which he published in 2004 showed the world the other sides of Edge we never really knew. For one, he doesn’t like cigarettes. His disgust for cigarettes dates back to his teenage years after a stick left him nauseous. He vowed since then not to have anything to do with cigarettes again.
Lita -- $4 million
Amy Dumas or Lita was both a professional wrestler and a singer. Although she retired early in 2006, she still works for WWE as an analyst. Shortly before her retirement in 2008, she formed a musical band called The Luchagors; their first album was released in 2007.
She underwent a breast augmentation surgery in 1999. A vegan, Lita has had a few relationships with wrestlers like Edge and Matt Hardy, but she is single and happy.
The Undertaker -- $17million
The Undertaker or Mark William Calaway is a wrestling legend that still sends shivers and excitement down the spine of most fans and wrestlers. Although he is 53 years old, The Undertaker still looks ready to knock people out with his pile driver move.
He is a free agent with 17 championship belts. He is a real estate agent, and he has been successful so far. His love for animals led him and his wife to set up a fund to help save animals.
SHAWN MICHEALS -- $17MILLION
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom or Shawn Micheals is a household name in the wrestling world. He is a four-time world champion who has acting stints and has been a television presenter. Shawn Micheal is WWE's leading ambassador and a host of “The Shawn Michael MacMillan Adventures,” an outdoor show that focuses on animal hunting.
After his divorce from his first wife, he married Rebecca, his current wife in 1999 and they've been together ever since. They have two children together.
ALUNDRA BLAYZE – UNKNOWN
Alundra Blayze is the first woman to be named the pro wrestling illustrated's Rookie of the year. Born Debrah Ann Miceli, Alundra Blayze won the prestigious award in 1988.
She loves monster trucks so much and has chosen to drive them for years. After her retirement from wrestling, she ventured into Hollywood. She starred in movies such as Shoot fighter II and Death Match. Her wedding to her second husband, Alan Jonason was an internet hit. The live wedding broadcast got a lot of viewership.
BOOKER T -- $5MILLION
Robert Booker Tio Huffman or Booker T is a six-time world championship holder with 21 belts to his name. Retired, Booker T is a ringside commentator that does his job with a unique swag and style.
His $5million net worth is set to increase over the next few years when you consider his appearance in 27 video games. Booker T isn't resting on his acting career either. He has appeared in several movies such as Ready To Rumble and in an episode of Charmed. He has also published two books.
TRIPLE H --$40MILLION
Paul Michael Levesque or Triple H is a business executive and an actor. His marriage to wife Stephanie McMahon in 2003 led him into the McMahon dynasty. Getting married to her translated into him accepting important roles in WWE.
He is the Executive Vice-president of Talent, Live Events and creative with a $1.5million per year salary. He and his wife, Stephanie, have a cancer fund called Conor’s Cure. Named after an eight-year-old boy, Conor, who died after suffering from cancer, the fund has helped in paying for treatment for lots of people living with cancer. Paul doesn't take alcohol, not even when he's celebrating.
STACY KEIBLER - $4.5 MILLION
Some people are quick to point out that Stacy Keibler is not a career wrestler. Even though she was a cheerleader once, she became famous due to her acting. She was able to act in popular TV series which include How I Met Your Mother, George Lopez, and What About Brian.
In 2013, she became opportune to host Supermarket Superstar. Also, her luck continued when she appeared on the Runway in 2013. Stacy is beautiful, and that counts as a unique reason why George Clooney dated her for some time. Her marriage to Jared Pobre in 2014 produced two children.
CHRIS BENOIT - DECEASED
This is an extremely pathetic story— not a story for those who like happy endings and fairy tales. Christopher Michael Benoit killed his wife and son on June 22nd, 2007, while he was still a professional wrestler. Two days later, Benoit hung himself.
There are so many unanswered questions. At the time of his death, there were rumors that he suffered not only from depression but also from a damaged brain caused by wrestling and this might have been what led to him killing his wife, his son and then finally himself. The circumstances surrounding his death and that of his family led to WWE removing his name and all references to him from their website and statistics.
TRISH STRATUS - $6 MILLION
Patricia Anne Strategies also called Trish Stratus, remains the youngest member of the WWE to be inducted into the Hall of Fame till date. It would interest you to know that apart from her wrestling career, she was also a fitness model, an actress, and television personality.
She frequently appears on magazine covers. She retired from professional wrestling in 2008 and established a yoga studio which became the best yoga studio in 2013 according to Top Choice Awards’ Best Yoga Studio. She was successful as a wrestler and still is, as a business woman.
ROAD DOGG – $1.2 MILLION
Brian James, The Roadie or the Road Dogg was popular way back in the 1990s. He had a great physique as he was a former United States Marine. He had a very tedious workout program.
Brain James is now retired from professional wrestling, though he is still signed to the WWE as a producer. His work is behind the scene now, and not many WWE fans know of him at the moment.
BIG BOSS MAN – DECEASED
Ray Wahington Taylor Jr. popularly called Big Boss Man was a wonderful wrestler. In 2016, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back, but unfortunately, he was not present at the ceremony.
He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Angela until his death and they had two daughters named Lacy Abilene and Megan Chyanne. Big Boss was only just 41 years old when he died in 2004 due to a heart attack, leaving his wife and two daughters.
MARK HENRY – $4.5 MILLION
Mark Henry broke records as a weight lifter before he ventured into wrestling. His weight is an added advantage for him, and he has had quite a successful career as a wrestler.
This strong man won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2011 and in 2018, Mark was introduced into the WWE Hall of Fame.
PAUL BEARER - DECEASED
The career of William Alvin Moody, also known as Paul Bearer is a long and storied one. He first joined the franchise as a ringside photographer while in his teenage years. Paul Bearer was a somewhat controversial figure as well and that probably matched well with the character of the Undertaker who he managed. It was revealed that he fathered a son with the Undertaker's mother and the son turned out to be Kane.
You may accuse Bearer of many things, but he certainly was a loyal man as he sided with the Undertaker in his match against Kane at WrestleMania XX 2004. Well, his allegiance went back and forth between the Undertaker and Kane. You can hardly speak about WWE managers or even the careers of the Undertaker, Kane, and Mankind without mentioning the enigmatic Paul Bearer. Sadly, Bearer passed on in 2013 due to a heart attack. It was discovered he had previously undergone gastric bypass surgery. He was 58 years. He was subsequently inducted into the hall of fame in a ceremony attended by Kane and the Undertaker.