The Capitol Wrestling Corporation, which eventually became World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), started back in the 1950s, though it was a much smaller operation than the global, billion-dollar enterprise that WWE is today.
WWE bouts attract thousands of fans and millions more watch their favorites in pay-per-view screenings of the contests. It is hardly surprising that WWE as a business is estimated to be worth over $5 billion.
It's also unsurprising that many of the biggest WWE stars have also amassed significant fortunes thanks to WWE, and many have gone into TV and movies following the end of their wrestling careers. All this money allows them to spend big when it comes to houses and cars, though there are still some WWE stars who prefer to drive old beaters!
20. John Cena – 1970 Plymouth Superbird Roadrunner
John Cena is one of those WWE wrestlers who has gone on to enjoy some success in Hollywood, starring in action movies 12 Rounds and Bumblebee as well as presenting several TV shows. He still makes the occasional appearances in the WWE ring and is known for an impressive collection of cars, including a 1970 Plymouth Superbird Roadrunner.
19. Dave Bautista - Hummer H2
Known as Batista during his WWE career, Dave Bautista won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on four occasions and the WWE Championship twice and still holds the record for the longest reign as WWE World Champion – 282 days. Matching his tough-man persona in the ring, the highlight of Bautista’s car collection is his gold-plated Hummer H2.
18. The Rock - 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS
Dwayne Johnson, better known as The Rock to WWE fans, is one of the most financially successful wrestlers of all time and has now established himself as one of Hollywood’s highest-paid leading men. He has an extensive collection of cars, some of which were inspired by his role in the Fast and Furious movies, such as his 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS.
17. Triple H - Lamborghini Huracan
Supercars are a popular choice among the rich and famous stars of WWE, such as the Lamborghini Huracan in the garage of Triple H. Paul Levesque, as he is known outside of the ring, started his wrestling career in 1992 and now has a key role in WWE as the Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development.
16. Alberto Del Rio - Rolls-Royce Phantom
Cars have even formed part of WWE performances over the years, from Stone Cold Steve Austin’s pickup truck to Eddie Guerrero’s seemingly endless collection of low-riders. Alberto Del Rio once even drove into the WWE arena in his $350,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom ahead of a fight with Edge, who later went on to destroy the vintage car – or was it all part of the theatrics?
15. Bill Goldberg - 1965 Shelby Cobra
Some WWE stars may be all about the bling when it comes to their car collections, but others are real automotive aficionados, who spend time and money investing in classic vehicles. Bill Goldberg, for example, is the proud owner of a 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica, a roadster that was built for the racetrack. Even replica models can change hands for tens of thousands of dollars.
14. Stone Cold Steve Austin - McLaren 720S
Even among the larger-than-life characters of the WWE ring, Stone Cold Steve Austin has often stood out as one of the most outlandish. He hasn’t just driven a pickup into the arena, but also a giant customized monster truck. He does seem to have a more subtle side, however, as his stylish McLaren 720S supercar suggests.
13. The Miz - Jeep Wrangler
Michael Mizanin, better known to fans as The Miz, is one of the younger generations of WWE stars. Mizanin was only born in 1980 when many of his peers had already made their debut in the ring! He has enjoyed a successful career since his WWE debut in 2006 and splashed some of his substantial income on a highly modified and customized Jeep Wrangler.
12. Jeff Hardy - Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini models seem to be a popular choice for WWE wrestlers, with Jeff Hardy among those who have added one of the Italian supercars to his collection. Jeff, who often fought in the ring with his brother Matt as the Hardy Boyz, owns a Lamborghini Aventador which he bought for a reported $450,000.
11. The Rock - Pagani Huayra
The Rock’s extensive collection doesn’t just consist of classic muscle cars, like the Chevy Chevelle SS. He also owns a custom Ford F-150, but the most expensive automotive acquisition in his garage is a $3.5 million Pagani Huayra supercar which he drove to a movie premiere in 2016 – struggling to exit the vehicle gracefully when he got to the red carpet.
10. Roman Reigns - Corvette Z06
Supercars aren’t the only vehicles that WWE stars love to drive; many are also loyal to American car manufacturers, buying and driving good, old-fashioned muscle cars. Roman Reigns, who joined WWE after his football career came to an end, has both in his collection, including a Lamborghini Huracan and a stunning Corvette Z06.
9. Charlotte Flair - Lamborghini Gallardo
WWE is no longer the male-dominated sport it used to be, with many women competing in the ring and taking on key roles in the organization in front of and behind the cameras. Charlotte Flair is the daughter of WWE legend Ric Flair and has followed her dad into the ring, earning enough to buy a Lamborghini Gallardo on the way.
8. Chuck Palumbo - 1965 Chevy Corvette Stingray
Better known for his love of motorcycles, former WWE star Chuck Palumbo also happens to own a very stylish vintage 1965 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Palumbo is something of a petrolhead and has even transformed his hobby into a business, CP Kustoms, which builds and modifies motorcycles for paying customers.
7. Hulk Hogan - Dodge Viper
Hulk Hogan was perhaps the first WWE star to capitalize on the possibilities of making money outside the sport. He earned millions of dollars not just from wrestling bouts, but also from endorsements, and everything he did or owned was branded with his iconic Hulk Hogan red and yellow color scheme, including his Dodge Viper car.
6. Vince McMahon - Bentley Continental GT
With an enterprise as vast as professional wrestling, there always has to be someone pulling the strings. And in the case of WWE that someone is Vince McMahon. He took over the company from his father in 1982 and has grown it into a billion-dollar industry, earning himself almost $2 billion into the process, more than enough to splash out on a Bentley Continental GT.
5. Beater: Sheamus - DeLorean
Not every wrestler has blown hundreds of thousands of dollars on cars, however. Some prefer to driver low-key vehicles, often for sentimental reasons. Irish-born wrestler Sheamus bought himself a DeLorean DMC-12, not because he thinks the sports car is a great set of wheels, but because he is a big fan of Back to the Future movies.
4. Beater: Stone Cold Steve Austin - 1995 Ford Bronco
While Stone Cold Steve Auston does own some extravagant vehicles, such as the McLaren 720S supercar, he is also a man who is loyal to cars that he has owned for years. One of his favorite vehicles is a battered 1995 Ford Bronco SUV that has seen better days, and yet Austin still likes to drive it when he can.
3. Beater: Natalya - Volkswagen CC
Natalie Neidhart-Wilson is one of the many female wrestlers who compete in WWE. Fighting under the ring Natalya, Neidhart-Wilson comes from a family of wrestlers and has enjoyed a successful career since she joined the WWE circuit in 2007. However, she isn’t that interested in living a flashy lifestyle, as she is quite happy driving her Volkswagen CC compact.
2. Beater: Kane - Smart Car
Glen Jacobs, better known by his WWE ring game of Kane, didn’t follow the usual Hollywood career path after his wrestling days were over. Instead, Jacobs made the unusual decision to go into politics and was elected Mayor of Knox County in 2018. During the campaign, the 7ft-tall Jacobs was even seen driving around Knox County in a tiny Smart Car!
1. Beater: Ronda Rousey - Honda Accord
Better known for her career in UFC mixed martial arts, Ronda Rousey made a few WWE guest appearances from 2014 onwards, before she took the Raw Women’s Championship in 2018. Rousey may be worth an estimated $12 million, but before she hit the big time she not only drove a beat-up Honda Accord, but she had to sleep in the car on many occasions when she had nowhere to stay.
Sources: Street Muscle Mag, Wrestling Edge, Car Buzz, Power Sportz