While watching WWE Smackdown, have you ever wondered, "How much does a WWE Smackdown superstar get paid?" WWE Smackdown superstars are paid based on yearly contracts. These contracts are renewed every year depending on the date each contract was signed.
The dollar amounts vary based on popularity, championship opportunities and matches won. The more championship belts obtained, the higher the yearly contract offer. For instance, Triple H earned roughly $2,013,000 as of 2006. Triple H has won thirteen championships in his career with the WWE. He is one of the WWE superstars that has been on both RAW and Smackdown.
The lineup for Smackdown in 2010 included The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Batista, Edge and Rey Mysterio. Salary statistics compiled from 2004 to 2006 show that Shawn Michaels earned $1,045,000 and The Undertaker earned $1,811,000 a year. Batista's salary ranged around $813,000 while Edge earned $704,000. Rey Mysterio is one of the lowest paid superstars, bringing in $414,000 a year.
Salary can also depend greatly on which WWE show the wrestler is signed on. According to the statistics, WWE Smackdown superstars seem to earn less than WWE RAW superstars. This can be based on the popularity of the show as well. As you can see, there is a $202,000 difference between Triple H's salary and The Undertaker's. The Undertaker has been a member of the WWE longer than Triple H, but The Undertaker has had only seven individual championships. Three of these individual championships have been the World Heavyweight Championship, which is an exclusive title of WWE Smackdown. The WWE title is exclusive to WWE RAW.