How Much Does it Cost to Produce Raw/Smackdown, Wrestlers’ Contracts, more

– WWE reported a total of approximately 870 employees across the world.  This does not include the actual wrestlers or any other independent contractors.

– Ever wonder how much it costs to produce Raw and Smackdown?  WWE reported that they spend roughly $1.1 million on each episode of Raw or Smackdown.

– WWE is on the hook for $30.6 million for it’s wrestlers’ guaranteed contracts in 2017. This does not include any income over and above they would get for merchandising, licensing, house show or PPV bonuses.

– John Cena has reportedly been earning in the $10 million per year vicinity for the last few years when you factor in his guarantee as well as all his bonuses.  

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Subscription information available at

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