5 WWE Superstars Who Have Publicly Revealed Their Financial Struggles

Several WWE Superstars earn millions of dollars every year. Brock Lesnar, for example, reportedly has an annual salary of $12 million. Meanwhile, undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns earns $5 million a year.

Before becoming millionaires, however, several WWE Superstars struggled financially. While a multi-world champion had to sleep in his car because he couldn’t afford housing, another and his family were evicted from several houses for non-payment of rent.

Meanwhile, other superstars suffered financial problems after leaving the company. One revealed he went bankrupt trying to pursue another career after leaving the Stamford-based business.

Here are five WWE Superstars who have publicly revealed their financial struggles.


#5. Batista

Batista starved to death for three years after leaving WWE in 2010
Batista starved to death for three years after leaving WWE in 2010

In 2000, Batista signed with WWE. Over the next decade, The Animal became one of the company’s top superstars. The 53-year-old has won six world championships, among several other titles.

However, Batista left the Stamford-based company to pursue an acting career in 2010. During a Denver Pop Culture Con Q&A session, The Animal revealed that he went bankrupt after leaving WWE. .

“I was very comfortable. I was making a very good living and left. Then I was starved for three years. I went bankrupt and lost everything. I couldn’t find I struggle until I prove what I set out to prove I could be successful as an actor,” he said. (H/T: Express.co.uk)

Luckily for Batista, he made it in Hollywood. The Animal is currently a successful actor. The former world heavyweight champion has starred in several famous movies and TV shows including army of the dead, guardians of the galaxyand Spectrum.


#4. Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock)

Before joining WWE in 1996, Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) had a difficult childhood, during which he and his family suffered from financial problems. Over the past few years, The Great One has repeatedly spoken about his financial struggles growing up.

In a social media post in November 2017, Johnson revealed that her family couldn’t afford Thanksgiving dinner in 1987.

“As my mother pointed out earlier today, there was a time in 1987 when we couldn’t even afford Thanksgiving dinner and were praying that someone would invite us to their house to eat. We were in a difficult situation at the time, but we got through it. And here we are today. A big extended, mixed, kinda crazy, loving and grateful ohana,” he said. (H/T: Yahoo! Finance)

In another video he posted on Instagram in 2018, The Great One revealed that he and his family were evicted from several homes after struggling to pay rent.

“A lot of you know I grew up here in Hawaii with my family where we struggled, man, like a lot of you struggling to pay rent, rushed around, doing everything we could for us in out. Life here was never my dream. My dream was that I didn’t want to be evicted anymore. You know you get your ass kicked when your rent is due by the week. We had weekly rent and we couldn’t even afford it. Eventually we were kicked off the island, we were kicked out,” he said. (H/T: CNBC)

Johnson left WWE in 2004 to pursue an acting career. He is currently a Hollywood megastar and one of the highest paid actors. The 50-year-old’s net worth in 2022 would be $800 million.


#3. Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar was broke before signing with WWE
Brock Lesnar was broke before signing with WWE

After excelling in college wrestling, Brock Lesnar joined WWE in 2000. The Beast Incarnate signed the highest rookie contract in company history, with a salary of $250,000.

At 21, Lesnar was happy to receive such an offer, which he believed saved him from poverty.

“When I got out of college, after winning my NCAA title, I didn’t have a lot of options. There aren’t a lot of options for an amateur wrestler. You can go to the Olympics or you can become a coach. At the end of the day, Vince had $250,000 waiting for me, a contract on the table and I was 21 and had no pot to put in. Come on! It’s up to you! ” Lesnar said. (H/T: Launderer Report)

On his Grilling JR podcast, former WWE executive Jim Ross also revealed that Lesnar was tired of poverty when he signed his $250,000 contract.

“Brock was tired of being broke and I remember he got the biggest rookie contract at that time. I can’t imagine anyone getting more than the 200-250,000 we paid to Brock to start. So he got 250,000 because he was no miss dude,” he said. (H/T: Mainly Sports)

Despite being a part-timer, Lesnar is currently the highest-paid WWE Superstar on the roster. He is also the second richest.


#2. WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair

Over the past 51 years, Ric Flair has been married multiple times. As a result, 73-year-old Nature Boy went through a few divorces, which left him in financial difficulty.

In his and Charlotte Flair’s book “Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte,” the Hall of Famer opened up about his financial troubles.

“I struggled financially following my expensive divorce (from Beth), paying about $20,000 a month in child support, having no investment opportunities, and maintaining a style. prestigious lifestyle,” he wrote.

During an appearance on the Stone Cold podcast in 2016, Flair revealed that he had to borrow money from Vince McMahon to get through this tough time.

“When I had financial problems, through my divorces, he lent me money. But I paid him back… One time I was into him for $800,000. Eight hundred thousand dollars. kid that kind of money. But I got my WrestleMania check [from WrestleMania XXIV]…I won’t tell you what it was, but it was a lot. Biggest paycheck I ever got in my life, right? ‘For deposit only.’ I returned it immediately [Vince]“said Flair (H/T: Complex).

Flair recently returned to the ring after more than a decade away. The Nature Boy teamed up with son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to defeat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal at an independent event.


#1. John Cena

John Cena had to sleep in his car after moving to Los Angeles
John Cena had to sleep in his car after moving to Los Angeles

Before becoming the face of WWE and arguably the biggest superstar in the company’s history, John Cena struggled to make a living. He has held several different jobs, including that of a limousine driver and a fitness trainer.

In an interview with The Sun in 2021, Cena opened up about his financial struggles after moving to Los Angeles earlier in his life. He revealed he couldn’t afford to rent a house while working at a gym in Los Angeles. So he slept in his car.

“I slept in my car for a while, which happened to be a very spacious 1991 Lincoln Town Car. I had my clothes in the trunk and slept in the back seat. I woke up, used the locker rooms and the shower and repeat the process one more time. (…) Dad told me I would be home with my cock between my legs in two weeks. Sure enough, I went through my resources quickly and I had to think on my feet. I don’t want to go home crying,” Cena said.

The Cenation leader is currently one of the richest WWE Superstars. He is also now a Hollywood star. The 16-time world champion is said to have a net worth of $60 million.


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