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Brock Lesnar and the Rock’s WWE Contracts Revealed; A Fan’s Reaction
WWE wrestling fans, and sports fans worldwide have been abuzz all week after Brock Lesnar returned to WWE Raw this past Monday night. Lesnar, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete joins Hollywood actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the latest mainstream celebrity to be signed to a WWE contract. Both men formerly labored for Vince McMahon's empire before they coursed on to bigger and more prestigious accolades. However, there have been reports that many current WWE roster members are not too pleased with the return of The Rock and Brock Lesnar.
As contract stipulations begin to leak, on of those circumstances reported in Brock Lesnar's agreement was that Brock had to work a told 30-40 wrestling dates for the year. For those intervals, Lesnar would receive five million dollars. The dilemma with this exists that other full time members of the roster perform over 200 dates per year and don't even make a fifth of Lesnar's income. In fact, other than a smattering of elite headliners, most WWE wrestlers make less than 500,000 dollars a year. And that doesn't include travel expenses and hotel accommodations that those wrestlers have to disburse for out of pocket each week. The gap between dates and salary among full time WWE wrestlers and Brock Lesnar is blithering, and may be an overall arrant endeavor for WWE.
The Rock has a comparable WWE contract. It has been logged that The Rock will work a dearth of matches over the next year, which will culminate in a bout at Wrestlemania 29 against Brock Lesnar.
If you're a WWE entertainer, now your confronted with two major part time wrestlers working a lot less than you, and making a lot more than you. Wouldn't this put you in a sour mood and make you want to work less for the company who sees you as filler between top acts? Let's not neglect that there is another wrestling organization named TNA who is always looking to sign former WWE stars to more lucrative and less stressful work environments. Is the WWE just inducing its superstars into the hands of the competition?
For the WWE, the return of Brock Lesnar and The Rock to the pro wrestling rank is great. Vince McMahon and his band of corporate executives can count on more pay per view buys and higher ratings for Monday Night Raw. But are their returns worth losing company morale? I think it's a slippery slope and the WWE needs to be careful how they conduct business in the future. Any more high paying part time wrestlers will only hurt the WWE.
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