During Brock Lesnar’s first run with WWE, the idea of having his character be homosexual was floated by Stephanie McMahon.
Brock Lesnar is one of WWE’s biggest stars right now. He is certainly regarded as perhaps the biggest draw in the company and has transcended the business. In between his two WWE runs, he had an extremely successful spell fighting for UFC. It was a run that not only legitimized himself but also the entire business of professional wrestling.
During his first run with WWE in the early 2000s, Lesnar was portrayed in the same way as he is today, albeit with a little less star power since he had come directly from the company’s own developmental system. He arrived onto the wrestling scene with a bang, defeating The Rock for his first WWE Championship and feuding with likes of The Undertaker and Goldberg. It turns out, however, that there was almost a very different plan put in place for The Beast.
Brian Solomon, a former WWE writer, worked for the company around the time Brock was first there. Recently he revealed to the Wrestling Observer that he had pitched a very different idea for Lesnar to the one that actually wound up taking place. Brian wanted Brock’s on-screen character to be gay. He stated that Lesnar wouldn’t have shown any of the stereotypical traits of a homosexual man, like you’d expect from WWE, but would rather violently beat down any of his opponents that chose to make fun of his sexual orientation.
According to Solomon, Stephanie McMahon loved the idea, but Lesnar wasn’t too sure about the notion so WWE passed a similar idea to the tag team of Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo. Needless to say, what Solomon envisioned for Lesnar working with that idea wasn’t exactly what was given to Billy and Chuck to work with.
It’s a shame there’s no way of going back in time to see how exactly that twist to Lesnar’s character would have worked out and where he would be today had he ran with it. On the other hand though, it’s probably a blessing in disguise. Nowadays, WWE might be a little bit more tactful with the way they would portray an openly gay character on their television, but back when Lesnar debuted in 2002, they probably wouldn’t have been very politically correct about the whole thing.
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