Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar addresses his Night of Champions rematch against John Cena

When Brock 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.

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 tournamnet. 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 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.

WWE Denies Rumors That Brock Lesnar Was Left Off Raw Due To Health Problems

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Brock Lesnar retained his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena at Night of Champions

WWE issued a statement to The Washington Post denying rumors that Brock Lesnar did not appear on Raw on Monday due to problems with heart health.

A theory purported by a writer for entertainment website WhatCulture.com is that Lesnar may be dealing with a heart condition. This theory is based on Lesnar's physical appearance during his WWE World Heavyweight Championship defense against John Cena at Night of Champions on Sunday, where he was sweating profusely and his face had turned red mere minutes into the match.

The Washington Post highlighted an excerpt from the article, which states, "The current WWE Champion started his match against John Cena with a completely normal look. However, after just a couple of minutes, Lesnar was already sweating profusely and had turned both red and purple in his face. This is normal for someone undergoing intense physical exertion, but Lesnar was barely doing anything of note. A rehearsed wrestling match shouldn't be turning a man purple. ... Fans have noted that in addition to turning red and intensely sweating, Brock also appeared to be struggling for breath. Yes, he's a big guy, but he shouldn't be reacting like this. It's a worrying indicator of health problems such as blood pressure or risk of heart attack."

WWE responded to the newspaper's inquiry on the article via e-mailed statement, saying there is "no truth to the rumors about issues with Brock Lesnar's health." The organization did not offer an alternative explanation as to why Lesnar did not appear on Raw.

Lesnar was never advertised for Monday's Raw in Memphis, Tennessee, and according to PWInsider.com, flew back home Monday morning. It is not unusual for him to miss a show since his WWE contract is structured for him to make appearances on a limited basis.

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