Forbes once again published their estimated list of the ten highest paid WWE superstars. The estimates are for the 2016 year, and use data compiled from "WWE's public filings, booking contracts and pay documents as well as interviews with industry insiders." It was noted that wrestler pay is comprised of base salary, as well as bonus payments from merchandise and live events.
Most of the names on the list may not surprise you, but the order and amounts came as a total surprise for us. Most shocking is that for the first time in a long time, John Cena has lost his spot on top of the list.
The 16 time WWE Champion has long been WWE's torch bearer in merchandise sales and considered the biggest draw for tv ratings and pay per view buys (which are now less relevant thanks to the WWE Network). This year, however, the Cenation leader's STFU like grip on the top of the list has been loosened and one has to wonder if his new career in films will ever allow for him to get back to the top spot.
Many New Era stars have mixed into this list with some very familiar veterans.
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