Brock Lesnar is a polarizing figure. He entered the WWE as an unlikeable character but quickly won over his share of fans. With his military brush-cut, icy cold stare, and hulking physique, Lesnar is an intimidating individual. Love him or hate him, Brock Lesnar has an abundance of talent, skill, and brute strength which has made him an enduring entity over his career in the wrestling ring and octagon.
From his humble beginnings, Brock has battled hard to be the best in all of his pursuits. He has suffered many setbacks such as his well-documented battle with diverticulitis, a painful condition that led to invasive surgery. But Brock isn’t any ordinary human and he has proven that time and time again. He will show it once more at UFC 200 when, just days shy of turning 39, he will make his return to the UFC in a highly anticipated bout with Mark Hunt.
Brock is well-known for keeping his private life to himself. We know the basics of his domestic life including his broken engagement with Nicole McClain, his marriage to Rena “Sable” Greek and we know he has four children. There are many things that you might not know about this complex and unique man. Here are 15 hard-hitting facts about Brock Lesnar.
15 His Nickname
14 Brock’s High School and College Wrestling Record
By the time Brock was in high school, he was a huge kid who was a force to be reckoned with in the wrestling ring. Judging by some of the pictures of his high school wrestling days, it seems almost unfair that those kids had to go up against him. Brock’s size advantage alone made it a losing proposition. His skills made it a nearly impossible task. It’s very much possible that a few competitors soiled their shorts.
13 The National Guard
12 Started Wrestling at the Age of Five
11 Did His Share of Grunt Work
Brock grew up on a family run dairy farm, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Brock has done his share of hard labor and less than glamorous jobs. He would wake up before the crack of dawn and head out to milk the cows. In fact, he would milk 120 cows every morning. When he got a little older, he also took on the responsibility of helping to deliver calves. Anyone who has experienced this messy job can attest that it is far from pleasant.
10 He Almost Played in the NFL
9 Member of the NRA
As mentioned earlier, Brock has always had an infatuation with blowing things up, so it should come as no surprise that he loves playing with firearms. There are numerous photographs of Brock posing with various firearms that would put Rambo to shame.
He prefers to keep most of his personal beliefs to himself but he does not hide the fact that he is a proud and active member of the NRA and an advocate for Fusion Ammunition. He has participated in several NRA events and he has been vocal about his support of the 2nd Amendment.
8 He is an Avid Hunter
Almost hand-in-hand with being a member of the NRA is Brock’s love of hunting. In particular, Brock is a dedicated whitetail deer hunter and he hunts whenever he gets the chance. His passion for trophy hunting landed him in a bit of hot water in 2011 while on a guided hunting trip in Alberta, Canada. He pleaded guilty to improperly tagging an animal and was fined $1,725 along with being handed a six-month hunting suspension. He was accused by fish and wildlife officials of killing a mule and only packing out its trophy head. Charges of leaving meat to rot and illegal possession of wildlife were dropped.
Brock’s entire career has been dogged by allegations of steroid use and those allegations continue as he heads into his much anticipated MMA return at the upcoming UFC 200. It is pretty easy to see how people would think this. Aside from the fact that he is a massive and muscle-bound powder keg, he was also arrested in Louisville in 2001 on suspicion of possessing large amounts of anabolic steroids. Even though the charges were dropped when it was found that they were legal growth hormones, his arrest fueled the speculation. History shows many examples of mere suspicion leading to a perceived guilt in the public’s eyes.
5 Video Games
4 Youngest WWE Champion (For a Time)
Brock didn’t immediately gain fame and glory when he joined the WWE in 2000. He started out with the developmental process and wrestled in non-broadcast matches. He made an immediate impact when he hit the big stage on March 18th, 2002. In June 2002, Brock shocked the wrestling world when he defeated Bubba Ray Dudley, Booker T, Test, and finally Rob Van Dam to win the WWE’s King of the Ring tournament. This gave him a shot at the WWE Undisputed Championship title against reigning champion, The Rock.
3 A Distinguished Career: Another First
Many critics of Brock Lesnar and the WWE are quick to argue that the WWE is scripted and the outcomes are predetermined. They will try to persuade you that Brock Lesnar’s toughness can’t be gauged by his WWE successes because it’s all acting. Even if those accusations are true, it's foolish to believe that WWE wrestlers aren’t true athletes. They push themselves to the limit and spill a lot of blood along the way. Being a WWE Champion is absolutely an accomplishment to be proud of.
2 A Farm Boy at Heart
1 Brock Lesnar vs. WWE
When Brock decided to walk away from the WWE to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL in 2004, he signed a non-compete clause in which he essentially agreed to not work for any other professional wrestling organization until 2010. After his foray into the NFL didn’t work out as planned, Brock wanted to return to the wrestling ring. He decided to make his comeback in Japan. He made his NJPW debut in 2005 and won a three-way match to claim the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Of course, this went against the non-compete clause he had agreed to and it resulted in a bitter court battle between him and the WWE. After some claims and counter-claims, the two sides were able to come to an out-of-court agreement. As we know, the WWE would later welcome the ex-champion back and he would go on to claim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship once again.
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