Tyrus has a net worth of $2 million. He is an American professional wrestler who made his money from his wrestling career.
Apart from income earned through his professional wrestling career, Tyrus also earns substantial monetary income from his various pursuits as an actor, political news commentator, author, and entrepreneur. Tyrus had rough beginnings, but his venture into wrestling later in life set him up for his eventual success. Let’s see how Tyrus made his millions;
How Tyrus’s Net Worth Accumulated
Before he became a millionaire, Tyrus, who was born George Murdoch on 21st February 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, into a bi-racial family ( his father was African-American, and his mother was Caucasian), grew up alongside his brothers in foster care as they were ‘abandoned’ by their family.
Tyrus Started His Career as a Teacher
By the mid-1990s, Tyrus was enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on a football scholarship. After a ruptured appendix surgery that destroyed nerves in his leg and left him with a chronic limp, he gave up football altogether. With a B.S. in Education, Tyrus naturally took up a teaching job. At some point, he gave up teaching and entered the entertainment scene. Not long after, he ventured into wrestling.
His Wrestling Career Started in 2006 with Deep South Wrestling
With his 6 feet 7 inches and 375 lb frame, a wrestling career seemed the right option for Tyrus. He dabbled into wrestling for a while before working briefly as a bouncer and as a bodyguard for Snoop Dogg at the end of his first contract. A renewed contract saw him getting back into wrestling, where he eventually made a name for himself and began his journey to making millions.
In 2006, Tyrus signed a contract with WWE’s farm territories Deep South Wrestling and competed in Florida Championship Wrestling the following year. His debut ring name at the time was G-Rilla, and he later became part of a tag team named Urban Assault. He continued to wrestle as a solo wrestler and part of his team with mild success until the expiration of his WWE contract in 2008.
In 2010, Tyrus made a comeback under the ring name Brodus Clay (which was a name invented from Snoop’s real name Calvin Broadus). This time around, he debuted during the fourth season of WWE NXT. He debuted on the main roster as Alberto Del Rio’s bodyguard, and after NXT, he began accompanying Del Rio on SmackDown.
Tyrus Joined the WWE in 2011
In 2011, Tyrus rebranded in the WWE as The Funkasaurus. He was usually accompanied by the dancer duo Naomi and Cameron, also known as the Funkadactyls. He also formed a team called Tons of Funk alongside Lord Tensai. With this comeback, Tyrus won many matches and championships and also lost some. He had several feuds with WWE superstars such as John Cena and Roman Reigns and fought in “The Survivor Series” and “The Royal Rumble.” However, in 2014 Tyrus was released by the WWE.
From 2014 to 2017, he was signed with Impact Wrestling under the ring name Tyrus. He primarily wrestled in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling during this period. In 2021, Tyrus returned to wrestling and signed with National Wrestling Alliance. Under the NWA, he has won the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Television Championship.
Tyrus is a Fox News Contributor, Political Commentator
In 2016, George Murdoch began appearing on The Greg Gutfeld Show on Fox News Channel. A Twitter chat with the show’s host Greg Gutfeld was all it took to get Tyrus onboard. His great sense of humor and insightful political analysis endeared him to the audience, and he soon became a regular co-host and contributor for the network.
He has appeared on other Fox talk shows such as “Fox & Friends”, “Outnumbered”, “The Daily Briefing” and “The Five.” He also wrote and hosted the Fox Nation TV series “Un-PC” and “Nuff Said.” His career as a political commentator ultimately led to his contesting as the Republican candidate for California’s 36th congressional district in 2021.
Tyrus Acting Career
Tyrus has appeared in over thirty films and TV series, such as The Walk-On’s, Supercon, Stand On It!, GLOW, Beast of the Water, MacGyver, No One Lives, Poker Run, Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, and more. He has a reasonably successful career as an actor though it isn’t his main hustle.
How Much Money Does Tyrus Make?
As mentioned earlier, Tyrus’ net worth is pegged at $2 million. From the summary of his endeavors, we can see that his major sources of income come from his wrestling career and his jobs as an actor, political news commentator, author, and entrepreneur. So how much does Tyrus make as;
A Professional Wrestler
While top-tier wrestlers can easily make seven figures in income, an average wrestler on the main roster makes $500,000 annually. This suggests that Tyrus’ income from his wrestling career is within the average range. Wrestlers are usually paid a base salary plus shares of revenue streams like merchandise, gate receipts, live events, and royalties from non-wrestling appearances. So wrestlers take home pay largely depends on how popular they are.
A Cable News Personality
Long-time news contributors on TV shows are generally on contract. According to reports, contributors are typically paid a couple of hundred dollars for an appearance per show. Tyrus may well be making an income around hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for his regular appearances on TV talk shows.
As an Actor
Apart from appearances in wrestling-related series, Tyrus’ has several acting credits. According to reports, the median salary for an actor was $43,760. Tyrus may be making way above that, considering his celebrity status. However, his earnings depend on the medium of broadcast and the type of role.
As an Author
Tyrus is the author of New York’s Number 1 Best Seller in wrestling, “Just Tyrus: A Memoir.” The book, which costs from $14-$26, was launched in April 2022 and has sold thousands of copies in hardcover and audio versions. Tyrus’ income from his book sales would run into hundreds of thousands of dollars as he has likely sold more than 20,000 copies.
Tyrus as an Entrepreneur
As an entrepreneur, Tyrus runs his own comedy shows. His comedy show Tyrus Live is hosted in theaters across the country. Tickets are usually pegged at $25 – $300, and his shows are always sold out. His comedy shows are an extension of his media persona as a commentator. His success as a comedian adds significantly to his net worth.
Tyrus is also part of several podcasts and has successfully built a brand around his name as a wrestler and political commentator. As a brand, he is no doubt cashing out on endorsement deals and sponsorships. His deals with companies like Mattel and Major Pod Merch have produced action figures that have become the most-purchased at the height of his career. He has also featured in wrestling-related commercials and appeared in WWE video games.
Sources of Tyrus Net Worth:
- Wrestling career
- Acting career
- Political news commentator
- Author of the book “Just Tyrus: A Memoir”
- Entrepreneur/ comedian
- Appearance fees for TV Talk show
- Shares of revenue streams like merchandise, gate receipts, live events, and royalties from non-wrestling appearances
Tyrus Millionaire Lifestyle
Tyrus lives in Mandeville, Louisiana, with his blended family, which includes him and his wife, Ingrid Rinck, and their five kids. With his $2 million net worth, Tyrus is living a very comfortable life. He prefers life in a small city, where his daily routine is pretty much set – going to the same restaurants, frequenting the gym, hanging out with neighbors, etc. However, due to work, Tyrus shuttles between New York and Los Angeles, California.