The former WWE champion has been one of the highest-paid superstars in the company for several years, which isn’t surprising since he’s always been near the top of the list. While speaking on Wrestling observatoryMeltzer says Orton has been making $3.5-4 million annually for a long time.
The veteran star’s WWE salary was very high before other talents started earning more after the arrival of AEW. Meltzer added that Randy Orton wouldn’t be in financial trouble even if he couldn’t continue his WWE career:
“Look, Randy made, I would say, three and a half million or four million dollars a year for years and years to come! Before everyone’s wages escalated when AEW started, Randy was making a lot of money long before that. So he should be set.
In one Interview with Sportskeeda WrestlingBob Orton Jr. confirmed that paramedics had informed his son of the risks of returning to the squared circle.
The 43-year-old superstar has serious back problems; as Dave Meltzer noted, Randy may even have undergone fusion surgery. While Meltzer has no word on Randy Orton’s future, he has predicted that the superstar will continue to wrestle again.
Orton has one of the best deals in WWE and might as well choose to end his time in the ring, as he needs to get healthy for his kids after hanging up his boots.
“I think he got stuck in his back. So it’s a long recovery process anyway. I don’t expect him to come back anytime soon. He might go in there and say, ‘You know what? I have a lot of money, I have children, and it would be great to live another seven years. I’ve got a great schedule.’ Even when he comes back, he has a great schedule and I can make a lot of money with a great schedule. But do I want to do half**? Sure is not,” Meltzer speculated.