With record breaks all over, 2023 has been the most profitable year for WWE. With numerous sold-out events and successful shows around the world, WWE has managed to secure an exceptional roster.
The superstars, with their talent, are the main reason for WWE’s booming success, which results in their well-deserved pay over the year. According to GiveMeSport.com, Brock Lesnar is way ahead on the list, making the most money in 2023.
The Beast Incarnate is a part of WWE on a part-time basis and has negotiated his contract in his own way. With limited appearances and five major matches, Lesnar was paid $12 million in 2023. For years, he has been wrestling for the same salary and has topped the charts for being the highest-paid wrestler.
Brock started 2023 with an appearance on Raw is XXX, and the same weekend he entered the Royal Rumble match. At Elimination Chamber 2023, The Next Big Thing wrestled Bobby Lashley and secured a win to end their rivalry.
At WrestleMania 39, Lesnar emerged victorious in a singles match with Omos. The very next day on Raw, Brock started a three-match feud with Cody Rhodes, which ended with his loss at Summer Slam 2023.
The stars that share the podium with Lesnar are John Cena and Roman Reigns, who have the highest pay in WWE. Despite Cena being a part-timer, his two-month continuous SmackDown run added to his payment and made him earn $8.5 million.
The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion has been a mainstay, and the face of the company earned $5 million during his legendary career run in 2023.
Brock Lesnar elevated Cody Rhodes’ career in 2023
As mentioned earlier, Brock Lesnar competed in a three-match rivalry with Cody Rhodes. The Beast Incarnate turned heel on the Raw after Mania 39 and attacked The American Nightmare. The feud heated in the coming weeks, and their first match happened at Backlash 2023 with Cody’s victory.
At Night of Champions 2023, Brock avenged his loss and took out his ire on the injured Rhodes. The moment gave Rhodes the needed sympathy from the WWE Universe after his damaging loss at the hands of Brock. Moreover, a month of silence gave Lesnar a break and saw his return to close the chapter with Cody.
The rubber match was set for SummerSlam 2023, which saw them with full intensity. The opening match of the event gave Rhodes his moment with a decisive win. Lesnar showed respect to him while giving Rhodes his flowers for carrying out the best feud of 2023.