Brock Lesnar is the most decorated athlete in combat sports. Widely regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent, Lesnar is one of the most incredible WWE box office draws Vince McMahon has produced. However, The Beast Incarnate hasn’t always been on the best of terms with WWE.
Brock Lesnar received a humongous push when he first debuted on WWF television on the March 18th, 2002, episode of RAW. He won the 2002 King of the Ring tournament in his debut year. Lesnar defeated The Rock at SummerSlam the same year to become the new WWE Undisputed Champion and youngest WWE Champion at age 25.
Despite finding massive success within such a short period, Brock Lesnar left WWE in 2004 to pursue a career in MMA and the NFL. While speaking on My World with Jeff Jarrett, WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett revealed the possible reason why Vince McMahon allowed Brock Lesnar to leave WWE following WrestleMania XX in 2004.
“I always looked at Brock, when he was in MMA, Vince is loaning him out, but what is Vince really doing? He’s just doing some character development over at this other brand because I’m gonna get him back [laughs]. I really always looked at their relationship, that Vince just said, ‘Yeah, Brock, go make your money and develop your character a little bit more, but not on my dime.'”
While Vince McMahon only ‘loaned out’ Brock Lesnar during his MMA run so that he would return to professional wrestling with a polished character, WWE had to wait for eight long years for The Beast Incarnate’s homecoming.
“I think in today’s social media digital world, and all the water under the bridge under Brock, good or bad, I think it’s gonna take a little time for people to really digest how unique of an athlete, performer, MMA fighter, professional wrestler, [and] human being Brock is. He had started, of course, amateur wrestling, but started in professional wrestling and then got out of it and had his MMA run. Then he’s come back, and his matches are not anything like you see. But there’s a boatload of psychology behind it. Shout-out to Paul Heyman. There’s just a really good feel about it.”
Over the course of his WWE career, Brock Lesnar won several championships, including the WWE Championship, and Universal Championship. He is famous for his unique blend of size, strength, and athleticism, and his in-ring style often involves using his raw power to dominate his opponents.
Brock Lesnar is currently in the final chapter of his trilogy with Bobbly Lashley. Both men are expected to tear the house apart when they collide for the decisive bout in less than two months at WrestleMania 39.
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