It may well be generally irrelevant to most peoples’ enjoyment of the product, but I am often fascinated by the salary / employment circumstances of the wrestlers. My one question for the day is :
If you look purely at income from wrestling and wrestling-related merchandise (so not including movie money, or HHH”s corporate income) who, adjusted for inflation, do you think has made the most money over the course of their wrestling career?
Cheers, and good luck coping with all the immigrants from the USA.
The answer would have to be Hogan or Austin, and in fact Austin still makes a very healthy income from merchandise residuals alone. The WWF had their biggest year in history in 2000, and Austin got a BIG chunk of that. Hogan’s contract during the glory years was reportedly as high as $1 million/year, and he did well in WCW also and had longevity, but those years where Austin was on top were CRAZY amounts of money, like tens of millions total. Cena might even be in the running now as well for similar reasons. If you ARE counting movies, Rock blows everyone away, of course.