Brock Lesnar isn't the most popular man in wrestling today, that's fair to say.
The Beast Incarnate is the Universal champion, but it seems all but certain he will challenge Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title in January 2019 - so where does that leave Brock with the WWE?
At 41-years-old, Lesnar has a pretty sweet deal. He was paid $6.5 million in 2017 for just 35 appearances (which works out at nearly $185k per appearance) and he hasn't lost a singles match since November 2016.
Fans have always been curious about Brock's deal with the company and it seems the one he signed with the WWE following WrestleMania 34 is a little more nuanced in his favour, if it wasn't already.
The new contract is different to his old one after he penned an “image rights” deal with the company and that allows WWE to use his likeness for merchandising at a price of $637,000 a year — the same amount UFC pay to him for the exact same thing.
Lesnar also receives a six per cent cut from his merchandise sales, something he made a massive profit from when the Suplex City shirts were very popular.
But what about a breakdown of what Lesnar earns? Well, according to Dirty Sheets, he is no longer on a fixed term contract and is simply paid by appearance.
This means the WWE will pay the ex-UFC heavyweight champ $127,000 for every TV appearance he makes, even without wrestling. That's right. Those appearances where he just bobs in the ring while Heyman talks? $127k right there.
For a pay-per-view bout, Lesnar nets $637,000 per match and that's before bonuses.
Speaking about Lesnar's future a few months ago, Triple H seemed coy on Lesnar's future.
“To be honest, I really don’t have anything to share in this conversation and we’ll see where it goes. Brock is Brock, he’s an interesting guy to be with, makes it challenging, which is always wonderful, and we’re working on it. We’ll see where that goes as time goes on.”
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