Brock Edward Lesnar is a popular professional who was born on born July 12, 1977. Lesner is an American professional wrestler, former mixed martial artist, and professional football player, who is signed to WWE, where he performs on its Raw brand.
He is the current WWE Champion in his fifth reign. He has had a very successful career under various brands of wrestling, as well as in professional football. Brock Lesnar net worth is estimated to be $28 million.
Brock Lesnar’s Early Life
Brock Edward Lesnar, who was born on July 12, 1977, is from Webster, South Dakota. He is the son of Stephanie and Richard Lesnar of German descent, who ran a dairy farm in Webster; where he grew up alongside his siblings, older brothers, Troy and Chad, as well as a younger sister, Brandi.
While attending Webster High School, Lesnar started playing football as well as competing in amateur wrestling in his senior year where he was placed third in the state championships.
He proceeded to Bismarck State College, where he also competed in wrestling and won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) heavyweight wrestling championship in his junior year.
He transferred his college education to the University of Minnesota on a wrestling scholarship for his junior and senior college years, where he was roommates with future WWE colleague Shelton Benjamin, who was also his assistant coach.
In his senior year of college, Lesnar won the 2000 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I heavyweight wrestling championship after losing to Stephen Neal the previous year.
He finished his college career winning NJCAA All-American twice, Big Ten Conference twice, and the 2000 NCAA Heavyweight Champion, with a record of 106–5 overall in four years of college.
Lesnar joined the Army National Guard at the age of 17, where after discovering that he was color-blind was assigned to an office job. His color blindness was deemed hazardous to his desire to work with explosives. He lost this job after failing a computer typing test and later worked for a construction company.
His Professional Wrestling Career
Lesnar signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 2000, after which he was sent to their developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Once there, he met his now good friend and manager, Paul Heyman.
He also met his former roommate and assistant coach, Shelton Benjamin, with whom he formed a tag team. Together they won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship three times.
On March 18, 2002, Lesnar debuted on the WWF main roster as a heel, attacking competitors, while Paul Heyman was seen giving him information. After this, he was drafted to the Raw brand when the WWF brand was extended.
In the June of 2002, he won his first King of the Ring tournament by defeating Bubba Ray Dudley In the first round, and Booker T in the quarter-finals. He went ahead to defeat Test in the semi-finals and got the title in the final defeating Rob Van Dam, which earned him a shot at the WWE Undisputed Championship at Summer Slam.
In the following August, after feuding with Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Lesnar defeated The Rock at SummerSlam on August 25 to become the new WWE Undisputed Champion and youngest WWE Champion at age 25.
He then became the second-fastest professional wrestler to win the WWE Championship since his debut (126 days) behind only Ric Flair (113 days).
The year 2002 and 2004 were a success for the rookie as he went to war with the big names in the field, such as John Cena, Undertaker, and Big Show, where he performed excellently well and went on to win various titles.
The November 2003 survivor series presented an opportunity for Lesnar to meet Goldberg. Subsequently, due to rivalry between the two men, Goldberg interfered in a match between Lesnar and Eddie Guerrero, causing the opponent to win the match.
This then increased the bad blood between the two men, with Lesnar claiming that Goldberg caused him to lose the championship match. The March 4th episode of SmackDown! Saw Lesnar defeating Hardcore Holly in his last match on a weekly WWE televised show, but behind the scenes, it was common knowledge that the match was Goldberg’s last in WWE.
There were speculations a week before WrestleMania, that Lesnar too was leaving to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL). As a result, Lesnar’s match with Goldberg became a fiasco as the fans at Madison Square Garden booed both of them mercilessly.
At this point in his career, he departed the WWE for other unconquered fields such as the New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on his debut match in a three-way match.
The match was against Kurt Angle, where he would defeat Lesnar by forcing him to tap out to the ankle lock to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
2012 to date, Lesnar had since gone back to WWE, where he had been in many fights, both titled and non-titled. His most shocking fight of 2012 was held on April 6, a version of WrestleMania, where he defeated The Undertaker after executing three F-5s.
This defeat ended Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak at 21, a feat that was described by Sports Illustrated as being “the most shocking result since the Montreal Screwjob.
Since then, he has won titles such as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, defeating John Cena on August 17, 2014, at SummerSlam, he also became the first man to have won both the Universal Championship and the WWE Championship.
Professional Football Career
In 2004, Brock Lesnar sidelined his WWE career due to his childhood desire to play professional football with the National Football League (NFL). This is despite not playing football since high school.
Unfortunately, on April 17, 2004, he had an accident where he collided with a minivan with his motorbike, and he suffered a broken jaw and left hand, a bruised pelvis, and a pulled groin.
Despite this, several NFL teams still expressed interest in watching Lesnar work out. He eventually signed with the Minnesota Vikings on July 27 and played in several preseason games for the team. He was later released on August 30.
He then received an invitation to play as a representative for the Vikings in Europe, but he had to decline due to his desire to stay in the United States with his family.
Brock Lesnar Relationships
On May 6, 2006, Lesnar got married to the love of his life, Rena Greek, better known as Sable. At the moment, they reside on a farm in Maryfield, Saskatchewan, having previously lived in Maple Plain, Minnesota.
In total, Lesnar has five children: twins ( a boy and a girl) from his former fiancée, two boys from his wife, as well as a stepdaughter from his wife’s first marriage.
As a family man, Lesnar is an intensely private individual who has expressed his disdain for the media, which causes him to participate in interviews rarely and avoids questions about his private life.
He is also a recovering addict. During his first run in WWE, he developed addictions to both alcohol and painkillers. According to some reports, he drinks a bottle of vodka per day and takes hundreds of Vicodin pills per month to manage the pain caused by wear and tear on his body.
He has since claimed that he does not remember “an entire two years” of his WWE career due to his addiction.
Issues With The Law
During the run of his career, Lesnar, like any other athlete, has had his brush with the law. He was arrested and charged by the police in January 2001 in Louisville, Kentucky, for suspicion of possessing large amounts of anabolic steroids.
The charges were dropped when it was discovered that the substances were legal growth hormones. On December 15, 2011, Lesnar was charged with hunting infractions that occurred on a trip to Alberta.
Two of the charges were dropped, but he pleaded guilty to the charge of improper tagging of an animal, and he was fined $1,725 and also given a six-month hunting suspension.
Awards and Accomplishments
Brock Lesnar is not only an accomplished boxer but has also appeared on the movie scene both for film, television as well as video games.
At the age of 43, he is unarguably one of the most accomplished wrestlers the world has known. This is also shown in the number of awards and accolades he has received throughout his rich and varied career. Some of them are:
WWE Championship (5 times, current)
WWE Universal Championship (3 times)
King of the Ring (2002)
Money in the Bank (Men’s 2019)
OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (3 times)
MMA Most Valuable Fighter (2008–2010)
Brock Lesnar Net Worth
With a career that spanned almost two decades, Brock Lesnar net worth is estimated to be $28 million.
Brock Lesnar earned $6.5 million fighting in the UFC and $5.5 million in the WWE all in 2016 alone. He has some of the best-selling WWE and UFC pay-per-views and these have also impacted his fortune significantly.