Ever since he returned on the Monday Night RAW after WrestleMania 28 in 2012, Brock Lesnar has dominated the WWE with his ruthless aggression and desire to bring legitimacy to the company. However, he has done so on a part-time basis, only wrestling on a handful of shows over the course of the year.
A lot of performers who grace a WWE ring are motivated by the roar of the crowd and realizing a childhood dream of main eventing WrestleMania or being the champion. For Lesnar, “The Beast Incarnate” does not care about the fanfare or pageantry surrounding the life of a pro wrestler; he measures his success by the financial gain he earns, as he has told the Associated Press this week.
“This is a job and I’m not caught up into it like maybe I’m supposed to be. I approach this as, I’m a skilled worker. I clock in, I clock out. People pay to watch me and, by chance, I guess they find me entertaining. … When I look back and what I’m proud of is the money in my bank account.”
Lesnar will compete in one of the top matches at WrestleMania 32 when he battles “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred Match. AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, is sure to be electric in anticipation of this match that figures to be one of the most physical bouts on the show.
To add another interesting layer, this match will take place in front of an estimated 100,000 fans, filling the Dallas Cowboys’ home stadium to capacity. Such an attendance figure would be the largest audience most of the performers on the card will have ever performed in front of. However, once again, Lesnar does not give in to the pressure or size of the stage and is merely looking to do his job.
“There could be five people in the stands or 100,000 people, I don’t treat it any differently. I approach the competition the same. That’s just my mentality. I don’t get caught up in the business. I show up, I do my job, I collect my check and I go home.”
According to a recent Forbes article, Lesnar was listed as the WWE’s second highest earner last year ($6 million) despite wrestling only seven matches. The only wrestler ahead of Lesnar on the list was John Cena ($9.5 million). Lesnar made more money than names such as Seth Rollins, Triple H, Randy Orton, The Undertaker, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns.
Of the 10 names on the list, only three of them are part-time performers.
After his WrestleMania 32 match, WWE fans may not see a lot of Lesnar for several months onward. Throughout his WWE run, Lesnar’s contract has included a certain number of dates he would work and the company can book him for more events by paying him more money. He usually returns to WWE for WrestleMania and SummerSlam with other. smaller-scale pay-per-views negotiated later on.
Lesnar has confirmed that his dates with WWE are currently at their limit. However, he also indicated money is the determining factor for him to work additional dates for WWE.
“Vince (McMahon) got his checkbook out and he’s writing more checks. But I have a limit and we’re at that limit right now.”
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