Who are the richest wrestlers in the world? For anyone whose parents say you’ll never make any money learning to take a folding chair to the face, immediately show them this list. Over the last 30 years, Vince McMahon has turned the WWE, formerly WWF, into one of most popular and profitable sports companies in the world. In the process McMahan has made dozens of wrestlers extremely rich. He also earned himself an astonishing personal fortune. Today, WWE Raw and SmackDown are consistently some of the top ten most viewed shows on cable television, attracting between four and six million viewers each week. WrestleMania XXVIII aired on April 1st 2012 and was the highest grossing event in the company’s history with nearly $70 million in pay per view revenues. But who are the richest wrestlers in the world? Which WWE stars are body slamming into a bed of cash every night? Scroll down for the full list of the richest wrestlers in the world…
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart recently spoke with The Metro to promote WWE 2K14. Here are some highlights:
WrestleMania was a very special event for me, a bit like an American footballer playing in the Superbowl. I was there from the second one in 1986 to WrestleMania XIII in 1997. Facing The Nasty Boys at WrestleMania VII was one of my best tag-team matches and solidified my solo career, which virtually commenced the next day. Then Rowdy Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII established that my style and storylines were always going to be a little different to Hulk Hogan or Sycho Sid [Sid Vicious].
“I tell you what, the longer and longer I wait, the more and more time goes down the road,” Austin replied. “On one hand, it may be fun to do, but on the other hand, what’s on the other side of that? It took me three years to get the business out of my system. Withdrawal would be a good way to put it. I got through those three years, and hell, it’s been eleven years since I’ve been in the ring.”
The folks at AfterBuzz sent the following:
Former 6x WWE heavyweight champion “Stone Cold” Steve Austin made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV’s SmackDown and Redneck Island aftershows Sunday night. In his appearance, Austin gives his thoughts on Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Ring of Honor. He also talks about how the industry has changed since his time.
A few weeks ago, rumors and reports from the Wrestling Observer claimed one creative idea pitched was if Austin was medically cleared, to have him represent Vince McMahon and take on Triple H in a match for full control of the company.
The battle for control of the company doesn’t surprise me. I wrote about how I think it will happen back in May. It should not be with Austin versus Triple H.
What’s in a name? A hell of a lot, as it turns out. Just ask Steve Austin. Back before he was the biggest thing in WWE, the tough Texan was a Million Dollar Man protégé glumly named “The Ringmaster.” When Austin told WWE brass he wanted a new moniker, they came back with pitches like “Ice Dagger” and — we kid you not — “Chilly McFreeze.” It wasn’t until Austin’s wife told him to drink his tea before it got “stone cold” that the Superstar hit upon a name that fit his developing personality of a callous badass.
Courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin recently appeared on Busted Open with Dave Lagreca and Doug Mortman. Here are some highlights:
If he misses Tough Enough: “Hell, I do miss it. I don’t know why or how WWE and USA network combined dropped the football on that show because it was turning in the numbers it needed to. Everybody loved it. It was great television. I had a chance to get back into the wrestling business. Get my hands back in and mold people to be future WWE superstars or take them through the paces. And they took that all away. That was my first experience into reality television and that’s what made me fall in love with that specific line of work. Once again, why they dropped the ball, I have no idea. But it was a piss poor decision if you ask me.”
Courtesy of WWE.com:
Fifteen years ago on Dec. 7, 1997, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson battled for the first time on a WWE pay-per-view at D-Generation X: In Your House. Here, WWE.com chronicles every time the two iconic Superstars clashed at major events.
Watch all the matches here:
Question: Where does the Rock vs. SCSA rank on the all-time greatest feuds? #1? #2? It has to be in the top 5 right?
LordsofPain.net writer Marc Middleton reports that WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin spoke with Inside the Ropes recently. The video is embedded below.
Here are a few highlights:
His WWE ‘13 sit down promo with CM Punk and Jim Ross:
“It was a lot of fun going back and being a part of WWE 13 the video game, hang out with my good buddy Jim Ross and CM Punk, a young guy in the business I really like, I really like what he’s bringing to the table and what he’s doing. To go back and play The Rattlesnake character was a lot of fun. You know we pushed the envelope a little bit there but we played it straight down the middle, but I would’ve loved to ramp it up and go full bore Stone Cold on him, but it just wasn’t that time. Who knows if there will be a time down the road, but I enjoyed being that guy. It’s a dynamic part of my personality. I enjoy the adrenaline.”