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5 Highest Paid AEW Superstars Who Left WWE In 2023

8 months ago By Sports Desk

In the world of professional wrestling, the landscape is constantly evolving, and the allure of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has attracted some of the biggest names in the industry. 2023 saw several WWE superstars leap AEW, not just for the excitement of new opportunities but also for the promise of substantial paychecks. In this article, we’ll explore the top 5 highest-paid AEW superstars who left WWE in 2023.

1. Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose):

Formerly known as Dean Ambrose in WWE, Jon Moxley is undoubtedly one of the most significant signings AEW has made. As the current AEW World Champion, Moxley is not only a top-tier talent but also one of the highest-paid wrestlers in the company. His salary at AEW reportedly stands at a staggering $6 million, making him the top earner in the promotion.

2. Chris Jericho:

Chris Jericho, a WWE legend in his own right, made the jump to AEW and has become one of its cornerstone talents. Jericho’s charisma, experience, and in-ring skills have helped elevate AEW’s profile. His salary matches his star power, with reports indicating that he earns $3 million annually in AEW.

3. Cody Rhodes:

Cody Rhodes, son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes, has not only established himself as a top executive in AEW but also as a prominent in-ring performer. His impressive resume and role as an AEW executive have contributed to a substantial salary of $3 million.

4. Daniel Bryan:

   – Salary: Approximately $2 million per annum

   – Reasons for Leaving WWE: Bryan expressed his love for WWE and gratitude for his time there but cited several reasons for his departure. One of the key factors was the talent in AEW, especially those who have been with the promotion from its inception. He also highlighted the passionate AEW fan base and his desire to continue wrestling as a wrestler.

5. Dustin Rhodes (Goldust):

Dustin Rhodes, known to WWE fans as Goldust transitioned to AEW, where he serves as both a wrestler and coach. With three decades of wrestling experience, Dustin brings invaluable knowledge to AEW, and his salary matches his contributions, standing at $2 million.

The exodus of WWE superstars to AEW in 2023 brought about not only fresh rivalries and storylines but also substantial financial rewards. Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, and Dustin Rhodes are not just reinvigorating their careers but also securing lucrative paychecks in AEW. As the wrestling landscape continues to evolve, these top earners are proving that AEW is indeed the land of opportunity, both in terms of career growth and financial success.

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