Life is good when you’re the top Superstar in WWE. Just ask John Cena.
For the past 12 years, John Cena has been WWE’s biggest Superstar because he is an absolute cash cow. Not a month goes by where WWE doesn’t put out a new piece of gaudy Cena merchandise. It’s truly impressive.
The 16-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion works hard and gets rewarded handsomely for it. With the possible exception of Vince McMahon, WWE’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, nobody in the company works harder than Cena. He is constantly on the road and making appearances outside of the ring promoting the WWE brand.
Numerous publications have Cena’s net worth pegged at $35 million, including Men Health’s in its June 2016 issue featuring the WWE Superstar on the cover. That, however, is a guesstimate since his net worth has never been confirmed. Based on his rumored earnings from WWE and outside of the ring, it’s highly possible.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer, Cena “is closing in on earning $10 million per year” from WWE alone. This figure appears right given Meltzer’s credibility and what other top WWE Superstars, such as Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar, reportedly earn.
TMZ reported in July 2013 that Orton was earning $291,666 per month from WWE. As for Lesnar, his contract with the company reportedly pays him $5 million per year. While it’s unclear if those numbers include earnings from merchandise sales and video game royalties, they’re enormous figures either way. It’s possible that Lesnar, who inked a new contract with WWE in 2015, and Orton are earning more money now.
Meltzer also reported in November 2015 that Cena was WWE’s top merchandise seller, with Roman Reigns coming in second. That also explains why Cena earning almost $10 million per year is not surprising.
In an interview with Men’s Health, Cena said that while his paycheck does not compare to what his brother makes as a police officer, his service drives him, as well as the military.
“My brother is a 25-year cop,” Cena said. “Every day he takes his life into his own hands when he puts on the Kevlar. He’s not getting the same paycheck, I am, but he loves what he does. He protects the streets every single day. That’s what I’m grateful for.”
Having dipped his foot into Hollywood, Cena’s earnings aren’t only limited to WWE. He has starred in action films such as The Marine and 12 Rounds while putting his comedic chops on display with Amy Schumer in Trainwreck. In 2015, FOX enlisted Cena to host and executive produce American Grit, a military-inspired reality competition show. Endeavors outside of WWE should safeguard his financial prospects in the future when he’s ready to hang up his sneakers.
An avid car collector who spends a lot of money on powerful vintage cars, Cena’s garage includes a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro, a 1969 Dodge Daytona, a 1971 Plymouth Road Runner and a 1971 Pontiac GTO. He currently resides in the private, gated community of Nature’s Reserve in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. His waterfront home, valued at about $750,000, includes a boat dock and swimming pool.
John Cena’s hard work, determination, and business acumen should set an example for anyone who desires success.