BRRROOCCCKKKK.... LESNNAARRRR!!!! Sorry about that, I had to get it out of my system. Can you blame me, I'm writing about the former Next Big Thing, The Beast Incarnate, The Conquerer, the one and only Brock Lesnar. Alright so maybe my audition for Lesnar's newest advocate isn't that great, but I tried dammit.
Brock's resume is by far one of the most impressive in professional wrestling history. His accomplishments speak for themselves: 2000 NCAA Division I Wrestling Heavyweight champion, four time WWE Champion and former UFC Heavyweight champion. There is literally nobody else in the history of professional wrestling who can boast about that kind of athletic track record, not even Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. These are the facts that you hear about in each and every video package that WWE produces.
The stories that aren't told about Lesnar though are sometimes even more interesting than the known ones. Despite what Paul Heyman might say, Lesnar isn't unstoppable. He can and has been put in mortal danger before. He has failed in his life. Lesnar had to pick himself off the ground several times in order to return to his dominating ways.
By reading the previous paragraph, you may think that I'm putting Lesnar down. Hell no! Some of these facts actually add to legend of the Minnesota Mammoth (nickname number 61). He is absolutely everything that Paul Heyman says he is. In fact, there are some dimensions to Brock Lesnar which often go ignored. Well ignored no longer they shall go! Here are 15 interesting facts about (one last time) BROCCKKKK LESNAARRRR!!!!!
14 He sued the WWE in 2005
While they appear to have a good working relationship right now, Brock Lesnar and the WWE were not on the best of terms a decade ago. As everyone knows Lesnar left the WWE in 2004 after stinking up Madison Square Garden with a pitiful match versus Goldberg. After he couldn't get an NFL contract, Lesnar decided to try his hand at mixed martial arts while still wrestling in Japan for big shows.
13 His Chest Tattoo has a Meaning
Some people must not have any regard for their safety as there are fans who mock Brock Lesnar. Not for his lack of skill mind you, but for a peculiar tattoo of a sword which covers his torso. They may think it's Lesnar trying to overcompensate for something or Brock just trying to look badass but those explanations are both wrong.
In Lesnar's book Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination and Survival, Lesnar explains why he got the tattoo when he was feeling very stressed about the future of his life around 2005:
"I felt like life was holding a sword right up against my throat, so I went under the ink gun because I never wanted to forget exactly how I felt at that time,” Lesnar wrote. “The tattoo on my chest has so much meaning to me. In some ways, it’s funny, because the period of my life that I’m talking about is a time I so want to forget, but I know I can use this memory as motivation.”
12 He Signed The Biggest Developmental Deal in WWE History
Coming out of the University of Minnesota as the NCAA Division I champion, Lesnar had some career options on the table. Being the freak athlete he is, Lesnar was offered to try out for the NFL by former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. There was also an offer from the WWE.
11 Biggest Draw in UFC History
Wherever Brock Lesnar goes, money always goes with him. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) knew this and despite possessing a meagre MMA record of 1-0, they signed him in 2007. Purists of the sport were outraged that a man with so little MMA experience was coming into the highest level so fast. They were obviously forgetting one thing: Lesnar draws huge amounts of money.
10 He has a... Peculiar Voice
One quick look at Brock Lesnar and you may think that he is the scariest damn thing you can imagine. He is a 285 pound mountain of a man who can move with the grace and speed of an athlete half his size. He is terrifying... until he opens his mouth.
9 Defeated in Amateur Wrestling By A Patriot
The 2000 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships was the highlight of Brock Lesnar's amateur wrestling career. After accomplishing this task, Lesnar wanted to move to other goals and had no desire to enter the Olympics. There was one thing from his wrestling days which still stays with him.
8 His NFL Combine Stats are Insane
While NFL Combine stats aren't always an indicator of a player's future success in the league, it is a great way to measure physical attributes. When Brock Lesnar tried out for the NFL in 2004, Lesnar was put through the ringer to see how his physical skills would stack up with the rest of the potential players. The results were, umm, staggering for a man his size:
Weight: 283 lbs
40 Yard Dash Time: 4.7 seconds
Vertical Jump height: 35 inches
Standing Long Jump distance: 10 feet
Bench Press: 225 lbs at 30 reps
7 Shelton Benjamin was his college roommate... and Assistant Coach
It might seem like an insane thought that Brock Lesnar has any friends given how menacing his on screen persona is, but he does. When Lesnar moved from his childhood home of Webster, South Dakota to the University of Minnesota, he not only began dominating almost every collegiate wrestler in the country but he also met a future WWE superstar.
6 He's Undefeated versus The Undertaker on PPV
When Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, the entire world collectively gasped in shock and horror, but as Paul Heyman said several times since, the result shouldn't have been so shocking. It's not like Lesnar ever lost to Undertaker before.
Well actually Lesnar did lose to the Deadman twice on two episodes of SmackDown in 2003, but as far as big showcase main events on PPV go, Lesnar is undefeated. Their Unforgiven 2002 match ended in a double disqualification and the rematch at No Mercy 2002 ended with Lesnar decisively beating Undertaker inside the Hell in a Cell. The next year's No Mercy had Lesnar beating Undertaker in a biker chain on a pole match with the help of Mr. McMahon.
For those who don't listen to Jim Ross's Ross Report podcast, one of problems which J.R thinks is hurting the in-ring product nowadays is a lack of selling. Wrestlers are too often getting up from big moves and not milking their injuries nearly as much as they should. Brock Lesnar must not listen to that podcast because he didn't let a motorcycle accident stop him from trying out for the NFL.
5 He Nearly Died
The rigours of a MMA training camp are insanely difficult. You have to work out twice a day for six days a week while also eating healthy and possibly managing media at the same time. Now imagine doing that with a disease which wreaks havoc on your large intestine.
In November 2009 while hunting in Manitoba, Canada, Lesnar was stricken by an attack of diverticulitis, a disease which occurs when pouches in the large intestine become inflamed or infected. For Lesnar, the disease meant that he almost died due to doctors not being able to find out what was wrong with him initially. Lesnar ran from Canada's "third world health care" to North Dakota where he learnt that fecal matter was dropping into his abdomen.
Due to his immune system working overtime, Lesnar also contracted mononucleosis at the same time. Through a freak miracle Lesnar avoided surgery when his body healed itself with antibiotics and a change in diet, allowing him to return to the UFC. The disease flared up again in 2011, but that time surgery was needed to fix him and a 12 inch piece of his colon was cut out and repaired to cure him of his disease.
4 He Is Married To Sable
Sunny might have been the first Diva to tap into the sexual desires of male fans, but Sable completely blew the doors off their hinges with her rousing looks. Her hormone inducing performances were perfect for the Attitude Era and her spread in Playboy brought loads of attention to the WWE. Later on, in her second stint with the WWE, the beauty met the Beast.
3 Won WWE Championship in Record Time
One of the several gripes the IWC has with the WWE is guys receiving a push before earning it. Lots of people feel that there is a certain amount of dues a performer must pay in professional wrestling before being given a championship. As we've established by now though, Brock Lesnar doesn't give a damn what you think.
2 His Shooting Star Press Is Beautiful
Most people have only seen Brock Lesnar's attempt at a Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania XIX. As everyone knows Lesnar misjudged the distance and landed on his head, nearly getting paralyzed. Many thought it was foolish for Lesnar to attempt such a move, but he had done it several times before.
1 Kurt Angle Beat Him In "Amateur Wrestling"
Who doesn't love a good backstage story? When speaking of the best amateur wrestlers in WWE history, there are two names which spring to mind; Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar. Angle won a Gold Medal in Freestyle Wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta while Lesnar was the vanilla gorilla who happened to win the NCAA title in 2000. So what would happen in a shoot wrestling match between the two?
The WWE roster wanted to find out and they did at an event in South Dakota. Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar squared off in the ring to settle who was the best.
On good old J.R's Ross Report podcast in 2014, Angle finally told the real story on what happened in the middle of the ring: "There was only one takedown, I took Brock down and that was it. I put two fingers up and said that was it. But we went a good 12-15 minutes."
Angle also said that what Lesnar lacked in wrestling technique he made up for in athleticism. Keeping in mind that Lesnar had a 70 pound weight advantage over Angle, it's scary to think about what Angle could have done in the UFC.
Also, Brock Lesnar versus Kurt Angle in a MMA fight at WrestleMania 32? BOOK IT VINCE!!!
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