When Brock Lesnar entered WWE, he brought with him a championship amateur career and an overwhelming physique. The impressive combination caused many to believe they were looking for “The Next Big Thing.” Over the course of his WWE career, Lesnar proved those predictions to be correct. (Brock Lesnar With Wife Sable »)
Under the tutelage of Paul Heyman, Lesnar made an immediate impact upon his 2002 debut. A mere three months into his career, he defeated Rob Van Dam to win the prestigious King of the Ring tournament. Two months after that, he beat The Rock for the WWE Championship. In short, Lesnar accomplished more in half a year than most Superstars do during an entire career.
Over the next two years, Lesnar continues to shine, especially against Undertaker. At No Mercy in 2002, he defeated the “Deadman” inside the demonic Hell in a Cell. At the following year’s event, Lesnar beat Undertaker in a Biker Chain Match. He even last eliminated the “Deadman” to win the 2003 Royal Rumble. With his victory in the Rumble, Lesnar earned the opportunity to challenge Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XIX.
With visions of making it big in the NFL, Lesnar left WWE in 2004. While fans never saw him on the gridiron, he soon announced he was starting a career in mixed martial arts. Before illness derailed his career, fans were treated to a taste of his past in October 2010, when Brock engaged in a chilling staredown with the Undertaker after a bout.
On April 2, 2012, Brock made a shocking return the night after WrestleMania XXVIII and attacked John Cena.
Return To WWE
Following an eight-year hiatus, Brock Lesnar made a shocking return to WWE the day after WrestleMania XXVIII and obliterated John Cena with the F-5. On the following week’s episode of Raw SuperShow, Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and brand General Manager John Laurinaitis proclaimed Lesnar as the new face of WWE and announced that he would face Cena at Extreme Rules on April 29, 2012. Facing off in an Extreme Rules Match at the sold-out Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion dominated the contest until Cena struck Lesnar in the face with a steel chain wrapped around his fist. The Cenation Commander-in-Chief then hoists his bloodied opponent up for the Attitude Adjustment, slamming Lesnar on the steel steps to win the match.
The following night on Raw Supershow, WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H decreed that Lesnar’s deal with Laurinaitis the previous week will not be upheld—contract demands he “bullied” out of Laurinaitis—as it had not been approved by himself. According to Triple H, if Lesnar wanted to continue to compete in WWE, he would have to do so under the original terms of his contract—not under the terms he negotiated with the General Manager. This caused the always unpredictable Lesnar to fly into a rage and break the WWE Chief Operating Officer’s arm with a devastating Kimura Lock. While members of the WWE Universe awaited Lesnar’s legal representation, they got someone else instead the following week on Raw SuperShow: Paul Heyman, the father of ECW and Lesnar’s former manager in WWE. The wrestling innovator said Lesnar asked him to personally appear and read a statement. In the written address, Lesnar took shots at Triple H, saying the WWE Chief Operating Officer is jealous of him, and expressed anger at how he has been treated in the sports-entertainment organization. The statement concluded with a stunning revelation: Brock has quit WWE and he’s “never coming back.” Heyman later announced that Lesnar was filing a lawsuit against WWE for breach of contract.
On June 17, 2012 at No Way Out, Triple H challenged Lesnar to a match at SummerSlam. He was not present at the pay-per-view event, and rebuffed the challenge the following night on Raw. The following month at Raw 1000, Stephanie McMahon goaded Heyman into accepting the match on his client’s behalf. At SummerSlam on August 19, 2012, Lesnar reigned supreme over Triple H in a No Disqualification Match as he beat “The King of Kings” via submission after once again breaking his arm—in the fictional world of WWE—with the Kimura. Lesnar crowned himself the new “King of Kings” the following night on Raw and vowed to leave WWE after defeating Triple H since he had conquered everyone in WWE.
“The Beast Incarnate” returned on the January 28, 2013 episode of Raw to confront Mr. McMahon, who was on the verge of terminating Heyman’s contract. Despite Heyman’s pleas, Lesnar nailed McMahon with a devastating F5, breaking the Chairman’s pelvis in the fictional world of WWE.
For Your Information
In 2003, Sable made a shocking return to WWE, where she was featured in another Playboy spread—this time with Torrie Wilson. During this time, Lesnar stood atop the blue brand as WWE Champion, and the two met. They became a couple in short order and were engaged in 2004. The two went their separate ways in early 2005, but reconciled later that year and tied the knot on May 6, 2006.
The famous couple have two sons together, Turk, who was born in June 2009, and Duke, who was born July 2010. Lesnar is the stepfather of Mero’s daughter with her late husband Wayne Richardson, Mariah. (Brock Lesnar With Wife Sable »)
WWE Writers Pitched Idea For Brock Lesnar To Debut As Gay Character
July 30, 2015 – Ahead of 2002, two WWE Magazine writers pitched Stephanie McMahon the idea to introduce a character that would combat gay stereotypes.
According to this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, those writers eyed Brock Lesnar as the candidate for the gimmick.
Per the story, Lesnar would have been introduced as a dominant, main-event-level character who openly professed his homosexuality. The character would have directly confronted stereotypes about the masculinity and toughness of gay men.
Lesnar’s character would have been presented as a strong babyface; the heels would wage insults based on his sexuality only to be proven wrong when he defeated them in the ring. Since homophobia would have been associated with the villainous characters, WWE would have been communicating a positive message about tolerance.
The likelihood that such a message would potentially resonate with the mainstream media—and thus gain WWE valuable brand cachet—was certainly recognized.
At the time, one obvious concern was the fact that Lesnar, himself, was not homosexual. Since his true sexuality would have surely gotten out, it may have undermined the credibility of the character—and risked exposing it as a branding stunt.
Whether that was a contributing factor remains is unclear (according to the Observer, “some of the veterans in the [writers’] room felt the very idea was crazy”), but the writers never received a direct response to that pitch. Brock Lesnar did not debut as a homosexual character, and Billy & Chuck, the wrestlers who did perform as gay characters, were not presented as stereotype-crushing main-eventers.
“In last week’s issue, regarding the note about debuting a gay character in 2002 who would be a tough guy, that would out himself as being gay, do none of the stereotypes and be portrayed as a kick ass main eventer, we were told that the idea was for the person to be Lesnar when he made his debut that year.
The idea originally came from two of the magazine writers, one of them Brian Solomon (who just wrote a book about pro wrestling history called “Pro Wrestling FAQ”), who pitched the idea directly to Stephanie McMahon that year. The pitch was that it would blow away the fan base and everyone to have an unstoppable hyper-masculine ass kicker revealing himself to be gay, and be pushed as a top babyface.
The idea was to make sure he never did anything in or out of the ring that would make fans uncomfortable. It would be the anti-gay stereotype instead, and instead it would be the heels that would use his being gay in their promos and get their asses kicked, and making everyone using negative terms as far as being gay come across like heels.
The idea was also thinking it would get huge support from the gay community (the problem of course is that eventually it would come out Lesnar wasn’t gay, so it would only be a character and not an admission the real person was) and get positive support from the media as a progressive character. What’s notable is that the people who pitched it first, never heard another word about it, and didn’t know until this past week that it had gotten into the writers room where some of the older agents thought the idea was terrible and it was dropped, and eventually that led to the Billy & Chuck thing.
As it turned out, the Lesnar character ended up doing pretty well for itself.”