Shawn Michaels was one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE in the 90s. Although Michaels had to sit on the sidelines for four years due to injuries, he still earned plenty of money doing almost little to no work.
Jim Ross recently revealed on his podcast that Vince McMahon paid Shawn $750,000 for four years.
Ross also said that Michaels just wanted to leave WWE in 1998 and work with his friends over at WCW, but Vince didn’t want that to happen. So he offered a ridiculous sum of money to The Heartbreak Kid.
“I don’t know if it was pressure from Vince, Vince loved him,” Ross said. “It’s proven. We paid Shawn $750,000 a year for about 4 years to do nothing because he was Vince’s guy. Every time we’d go over budgets and things [I’d say] what do you want to do about the Shawn contract? ‘Nothing. Leave it alone.’
Michaels returned to WWE in 2002. This time he was a completely changed person. He had a completely different attitude and he was willing to put over new talents more than ever.