Brock Lesnar's net worth: 'The Beast' is one rich man!
Brock Lesnar may be one of WWE’s most controversial athletes, but there’s no doubting he is also one of the sport’s most marketable assets. The unpredictability that comes with being ‘The Beast’ has drawn fans to the wrestling ring like no other could. The ‘what next’ anticipation that he generates is hard to match by any other professional wrestler. It’s no wonder, then, that his earnings and net worth are incredibly impressive.
Lesnar describes himself as a “street fighter”, and he has dabbled in other forms of wrestling apart from the WWE. He has ventured into New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship, with a brief unsuccessful stint in the National Football League (NFL) in between too.
Brock Lesnar’s Net Worth – $16 Million
Lesnar is the only person to have won the WWE Championship, UFC Championship and NCAA Wrestling Championship. His career moves have certainly increased his global appeal, making him one of the most valuable athletes in the world.
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Brock Lesnar – From the next big thing to the new face of WWE
Lesnar’s exploits at a pretty young age made sure that he would go on to be one of the sport’s most recognisable faces. He put together a record 33 match wins during his senior year at the Webster High School. At Bismarck State College, he won the National Junior College wrestling championship before being transferred to the University of Minnesota on a full wrestling scholarship.
In 2000, Lesnar won the NCAA wrestling championship. Not surprisingly, he penned a contract with the WWE two years later.
“When I finished wrestling in college (in 2001), there just wasn’t enough money or opportunity in fighting, and WWE made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Lesnar said about the decision to join WWE.
Vince McMahon saw the potential in Lesnar at that very young age and showed his trust in the then 25-year-old by handing him one of the most explosive debuts in WWE history. His image was built up with the tagline – “The Next Big Thing.”
Lesnar faced Jeff Hardy at the pay-per-view event Backlash, and forced the world to take notice by winning in destructive style, knocking out his opponent. He went on to win the King of the Ring title and became the youngest WWE champion in history later that year at 25 years, 1 month and 13 days – by defeating The Rock at SummerSlam 2002.
The Beast won the Royal Rumble the following year but surprised everyone when he quit the WWE in 2004 to pursue a career in the NFL. He played for his home-state team Minnesota Vikings in the 2004/05 pre-season but was axed from the squad before the full season got underway.
Lesnar returned to wrestling in 2005, joining New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Just like his WWE debut, his entry here was equally remarkable as he won the International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) title in his very first match.
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The financial clout that Lesnar was able to gather for the NJPW was unsettling for the WWE, since they had signed a non-compete pact with Lesnar when he had asked to be released from his contract with the company in 2004.
Lesnar later ventured into Mixed Martial Arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championships, forging successful careers there as well. But his career away from the WWE hit the industry and affected its financial coffers pretty hard, which made them plot a return for Lesnar.
Those efforts bore fruition in 2012, and his return was one of the most anticipated ones in history. WWE built up for it by featuring Lesnar in the WWE 12 video game, and he made his re-entry with a trademark F5 to the sport’s other major force, John Cena.
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RAW general manager John Laurinaitis had this to say to WWE.com about Lesnar’s return to the WWE, "Quite frankly, I couldn't imagine a better man than Brock more suited to be the face of WWE. No offense to John Cena, who’s an outstanding athlete in his own right, but he’s no Brock Lesnar."
Lesnar’s brand value
The time Lesnar spent away from the WWE was enough to make them realise his worth. WWE needs Brock Lesnar, rather than the other way round.
According to The Richest, Lesnar signed a three-year deal with the WWE in 2012 worth $5,000,000 a year. His salary from the UFC 100 show in 2009 was $400,000, while in 2011 his net earnings touched $5,300,000 (including annual salary, PPV bonuses and bout salaries), making him the highest earning MMA athlete.
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The UFC 100 pay-per-view, which saw Lesnar defend his title against Frank Mir, is the highest selling PPV in UFC history with over 1,600,000 buys. He also holds the second spot with his 2010 fight against Shane Carwin having sold 1.06 million PPVs. The figure revealed by the ESPN study is excluding his $400,000 base salary for each event, and a $75,000 ‘Submission of the Night bonus’ for his win over Carwin.
All of this meant serious money for the UFC, and WWE quickly learned their lesson. They were not going to make the same mistake they made in 2004 as the three-year deal was heading to its expiry date, and when rumours started circulating last year about Lesnar planning a return to MMA/UFC, they made him another lucrative offer.
Lesnar signed a multi-year contract with the WWE pretty much on his own terms, stating: “The offer on the table, I just could not refuse. I love what I’m doing. I work a limited schedule; part-time with full-time pay.”
Unlike John Cena, who has a number of movie titles to his credit and is a public figure with several advertising deals, Lesnar is a very private person outside the ring. He rarely signs endorsement deals, with one of the few ones being the one he signed with Everlast MMA in 2013.
“Brock Lesnar’s combination of size, athleticism and elite wrestling ability is truly unmatched,” said Matt Cowan, VP of Marketing and Products for Everlast. “His strength, determination and individuality make him resonate with our brand ethos, and we are excited to welcome Brock to our storied family of champions.”
Despite these incredible riches, Lesnar’s home in Maple Pain, Minnesota is estimated to be worth just $8,00,000.
Given below are the net worth of some of Brock Lesnar’s peers
|Sable net worth||$1.5 million|
|Goldberg net worth||$14 million|
|Mark Hunt net worth||$ 960,000|
|Paul Heyman net worth||$10 million|
|Stone Cold net worth||$ 45 million|
|Roman Reigns net worth||$5.5 million|