Dwayne Johnson earns $9 million payday from WWE

When you scent what The Rock is cooking, it’s in all probability in a luxurious kitchen.

TKO, the proprietor of World Wrestling Leisure, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, stated it had granted Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 96,558 extra shares of the corporate’s inventory. At present costs, these shares are value roughly $9.3 million.

These shares, the corporate stated, “vested upon completion of certain services” and are available after Johnson was a part of the storyline for the principle occasion of the WWE’s greatest premium dwell occasion of the yr. They’re a part of a $30 million stock award Johnson obtained in January that’s scheduled to vest over time.

Johnson appeared on each nights of the two-evening program, wrestling on Saturday—and defeating Cody Rhodes –and making an attempt to intrude within the subsequent evening’s primary occasion, the place Rhodes confronted Roman Reigns. He additionally appeared on WWE programming within the lead-up to Wrestlemania, turning his common hero right into a villain.

Johnson was initially scheduled to face Reigns himself, however followers pushed again, desirous to see Rhodes in the principle occasion, one thing the corporate will discover in a YouTube documentary later Wednesday.

Johnson joined the board at TKO in January and at last claimed possession of his well-known nickname. He first began with WWE in 1996 and has since graduated to develop into Hollywood royalty, in addition to a profitable entrepreneur. There have been even efforts to recruit him to run for president in 2020.

He’s by no means been in a position to get too removed from the squared circle, nonetheless. Most of his returns have been for cameos, however this newest run (and payday) might need reignited his curiosity in wrestling. Earlier than asserting he would “go away for a little while” on Monday to WWE followers, he dropped hints he would return to proceed his feud with Rhodes sooner or later sooner or later.

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