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Brock Lesnar

Born on 12 July 1977, Brock Lesnar is an American former professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist and professional football player. Best known for his godly-superhuman performances in WWE, the 6-foot-3, a 266-pound wrestler from Minneapolis, Minn., has forced his way to the top of every major combat sport – becoming the eight-time overall world champion. His wrestling career began at the Bismarck State College to a successful wrestling time at the University of Minnesota before Lesnar signed with WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation) in 2000.

He was assigned to WWE’s developmental promotional brand - Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he was a three-time OVW Southern Tag Team Champion with Shelton Benjamin. Lesnar made his main roster debut for WWE in 2002 at the age of 25, where he won the WWE Championship five months after his debut. With the sinister Paul Heyman guiding his career, “The Next Big Thing” won the King of the Ring tournament and beat The Rock to win the WWE Title — becoming the youngest WWE Champion in history at that time and the fastest-rising star sports-entertainment had ever seen.

Following his match with Goldberg at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar left WWE to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL). He was named a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings but was cut prior to the 2004 season. Lesnar returned to the professional wrestling in 2005 and signed up with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match. After a contractual dispute with NJPW, he also wrestled as IWGP Heavyweight Champion in the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF).

The following year in 2006, Lesnar pursued a career in mixed martial arts (MMA) where he signed up with Hero’s, winning his first fight against Min-Soo Kim in June 2007. With the successful start to MMA, he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and won his second fight in UFC held against Heath Herring, while he lost the debut fight against Frank Mir. He earned his first UFC Heavyweight Championship title in November 2008 before being sidelined due to diverticulitis. Lesnar returned at UFC 116 to defeat Shane Carwin (the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion) and unify the heavyweight championships - becoming the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion in the process.

After having a remarkable time in UFC, Lesnar marked his return to WWE in April 2012. However, the eight-year-long hiatus did nothing to power display within the ring. Two years later of his re-joining with WWE, Lesnar became the first one to end the undefeated streak of The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Following this achievement, he went on to win the WWE World Heavyweight/WWE Championship in 2014 and 2019 as well as the WWE Universal Championship in 2017, 2018, and 2019. His first reign as Universal Champion was the longest world title reign in WWE since 1988 at 504 days (though recognized as 503 days by WWE), the sixth-longest world championship reign in the promotion's history. And upon his return to WWE, countless monumental wins followed Lesnar who went on to wreak havoc on John Cena at SummerSlam 2014, decisively defeating Randy Orton via TKO at SummerSlam 2016, Goldberg at WrestleMania 33, Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 and long-time rival Cain Velasquez at WWE Crown Jewel.

In June 2016, at UFC 199, the UFC advertised Lesnar's return to fighting at UFC 200 even though he was still contracted with WWE. He defeated Mark Hunt via unanimous decision before being suspended for one year from the UFC and fined $250,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as he tested positive for clomiphene, a substance banned on the UFC’s anti-doping policy. Meanwhile, his victory over Hunt was overturned to a no-contest and then retired from MMA for the second time in 2017. Nevertheless, Lesnar is the only wrestler in the history to hold a UFC championship and WWE World Championship.

The list of his accomplishments goes on and on, becoming the only person to win a championship in most of the organizations – he is an eight-time world champion in WWE, a one-time world champion in NJPW and IGF, the one-time heavyweight champion in UFC, and a one-time heavyweight wrestling champion in the NCAA. In addition to these glories, Lesnar has won the 2002 King of the Ring tournament, the 2003 Royal Rumble, and the 2019 Money in the Bank, the third wrestler (after Edge and Sheamus) to achieve those three accomplishments. He has headlined numerous pay-per-view events for both WWE and the UFC, including WrestleMania XIX, WrestleMania 31, WrestleMania 34, WrestleMania 36, UFC 100, and UFC 116. Lesnar has been managed by Paul Heyman throughout the majority of his professional wrestling career.

Early Life

Born on 12 July 1977 in Webster, South Dakota, Brock Edward Lesnar is the son of Stephanie and Richard Lesnar. He is of German and Polish descent and grew up on his parents' dairy farm in Webster. Brock Lesnar has two older brothers named Troy and Chad, and a younger sister named Brandi. He joined the Army National Guard at the age 17 where, after his red-green colour-blindness was deemed hazardous, he was assigned to an office job event though he desired to work with explosives. He was discharged after failing a computer typing test and later worked for a construction company.

Personal Life

On 6th May 2006, Lesnar married fellow WWE performer Rena Greek, better known as Sable. Having lived in Maple Plain, Minnesota, they reside on a farm in Maryfield, Saskatchewan. Together, they have two sons named Turk (born in 2009) and Duke (born in 2010). Meanwhile, he also has twins with his former fiancée, Nicole McClain in 2002: a daughter named Mya Lynn (who has signed to compete in track & field at Arizona State) and a son named Luke, who plays ice hockey. He is also the stepfather of Greek's daughter, with her first husband.

Being an intensely private individual, Lesnar has rarely participated in interviews and avoids questions pertaining to his private life, often expressing his disdain for the media. He is a supporter of the Republican Party and a member of the National Rifle Association, making an appearance at the NRA's annual meeting in May 2011 to discuss his passion for hunting and his role as a spokesman for the Fusion Ammunition company. He is a fan of the Winnipeg Jets, and all three of his sons play ice hockey.

During his first run in WWE, Lesnar developed addictions to both alcohol and painkillers, allegedly drinking a bottle of vodka per day and taking hundreds of Vicodin pills per month to manage the pain caused by wear and tear on his body. He named his botched shooting star press at WrestleMania XIX as a particular source of pain.[25] Lesnar claims that, as a result of his addiction and mental exhaustion, he does not remember "an entire two years" of his WWE career.

Professional Wrestling Career

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2000–2002)

In 2000, Lesnar signed with the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was sent to its developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he first met future friend and manager Paul Heyman. He formed a tag team known as The Minnesota Stretching Crew with his former college roommate Shelton Benjamin and together they won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on three separate occasions. Lesnar wrestled several dark matches in 2001 and 2002 before being called up to the WWF's main roster.

WWE Champion (2002–2003)

On the 18th March 2002 episode of Raw, Lesnar made his WWF television debut as a heel and attacked Al Snow, Maven and Spike Dudley during their match, all the while being accompanied by Paul Heyman who was often seen giving instructions to Lesnar. Then he was drafted to the Raw brand when the brand extension was introduced in the WWF. Later, Heyman was confirmed to be Lesnar's agent and gave Lesnar the nickname "The Next Big Thing". His first feud was with The Hardy Boyz with whom Lesnar defeated Jeff Hardy by knockout after Hardy was unable to respond to referee Theodore Long at Backlash on April 21. The next night on Raw, Lesnar faced off against Jeff's brother, Matt Hardy, once again defeating him in the same fashion. Lesnar and Shawn Stasiak lost to The Hardy Boyz at Insurrextion on May 4 after Stasiak was pinned, but he attacked all the participants after the match. At Judgment Day on May 19, Lesnar and Heyman defeated The Hardy Boyz.

In June 2002, Lesnar won the 2002 King of the Ring tournament as he defeated Bubba Ray Dudley in the first round, Booker T in the quarter-finals, Test in the semi-finals and eventually, Rob Van Dam in the finals that earned him a shot at the WWE Undisputed Championship at SummerSlam. However, on July 21, at Vengeance, Lesnar lost to Van Dam in a WWE Intercontinental Championship match by disqualification. The following day on July 22, Lesnar joined the SmackDown brand. After a quick feud with Hollywood Hulk Hogan in August 2002, Lesnar defeated The Rock at SummerSlam on August 25, becoming the new WWE Undisputed Champion and youngest WWE Champion at age 25. Meanwhile, ever since his debut with WWE, Lesnar became the second-fastest professional wrestler (126 days) to win the WWE Championship behind only Ric Flair (113 days). At the time, the WWE Undisputed Championship was being defended on both brands, so Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff expected Lesnar to return on Raw the following night. However, the SmackDown General Manager, Stephanie McMahon declared that Lesnar was only required to defend the title on SmackDown shows and events, prompting Bischoff to establish a new championship for the Raw brand (the World Heavyweight Championship).

In the meantime, with his reputation rapidly rising to the top of the brand, Lesnar began feuding with The Undertaker in 2002 and led to a match at Unforgiven on September 22. The match ended in a double disqualification where Lesnar retained the title. He faced The Undertaker again at No Mercy in a Hell in a Cell match, leading up to the match in the storyline when Lesnar broke The Undertaker's hand with a propane tank. However, at No Mercy, Lesnar defeated The Undertaker to retain the title, thus ending their feud. Following this, he would go on to successfully retain the WWE Championship in a handicap match with Heyman against Edge at Rebellion on October 26.

Lesnar's next opponent was Big Show and Heyman was convinced more than anyone that Lesnar could not win as he tried to talk him out of defending the title. However, Lesnar refused and defended the championship against Show at Survivor Series on November 17. At the pay-per-view, Heyman turned on Lesnar, allowing Show to chokeslam him onto a steel chair and pin him to win the title, resulting in Lesnar's first pinfall loss in WWE which had him turn face for the first time.

Following Survivor Series, Heyman made it clear that Lesnar would not get a rematch, sneaking a special clause saying so into his contract. To gain his revenge on Big Show and Heyman, Lesnar interfered in Show’s first title defence against Kurt Angle held the following month at Armageddon on December 15. He executed the F-5 on Big Show, helping Angle to win the WWE Championship. However, on the following episode of SmackDown, Angle introduced Heyman as his manager, refusing to give Lesnar the chance despite promising him a title shot earlier in the evening. Lesnar's rivalry with Heyman and Big Show resumed, culminating in a match at the Royal Rumble in January 2003. On January 19, Lesnar defeated Show and entered the Royal Rumble match as the #29 entry. He eliminated Matt Hardy and Team Angle (Charlie Haas and Lesnar's former OVW teammate Shelton Benjamin), who at the time, were mentored by Angle as a 3-man stable. Following them, Lesnar went on to eliminate The Undertaker to win the Royal Rumble and guaranteed himself his first WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XIX ever since he became a SmackDown wrestler.

After the Royal Rumble, Lesnar teamed with Chris Benoit to defeat Angle, Haas and Benjamin in a three-on-two handicap match at No Way Out on February 23, having the upper hand as the team Angle injured one of their partner - Edge, backstage before the match. At WrestleMania XIX on March 30, Lesnar defeated Angle to win his second WWE Championship. During the match, he attempted his all-time OVW shooting star press move and landed on his head and neck, resulting in a concussion. This forced Angle and Lesnar to improvise the finish of the match.

After WrestleMania XIX, Lesnar turned his attention to the returning John Cena, whom he had injured in February 2003 after an F-5 into a ring post from Lesnar to which Cena claimed that Lesnar nearly ended his career and even named his new finishing move the "F.U." as a jab at the new champion. On April 27, Lesnar defeated Cena and retained the title while ending the feud between them in the match at Backlash. On the following episode of SmackDown, Lesnar returned to his rivalry with Big Show after injuring Rey Mysterio badly during their match at Backlash. This attack resulted in Mysterio being carried out on a stretcher and backboard, and Show took Mysterio off the stretcher and swung the backboard into the ring-post, compounding the injury. Lesnar called out Show, who demanded that Lesnar put his title on the line against him, leading to a stretcher match for the championship at Judgment Day on May 18 and Lesnar successfully retained his title. During the scripted rivalry on the June 12 episode of SmackDown, Lesnar lifted Big Show off the top-rope in a superplex, causing the ring to collapse on impact. As Lesnar and Big Show continued their rivalry, Kurt Angle returned from his neck surgery and began to form a more friendly rivalry with Lesnar, as the two were allies, yet contenders for the title. At the first-ever SmackDown brand-exclusive pay-per-view in July, Vengeance, Lesnar lost the WWE Championship to Angle in a triple threat match involving Big Show, after he was pinned by Angle.

Lesnar continued to aggressively pursue the WWE Championship despite his friendship with Angle. Mr. McMahon became involved in the angle, at first berating Lesnar, who had involved himself in McMahon's rivalry with Zach Gowen, for losing to Angle. This all turned out to be a swerve that came into focus on the August 7 episode of SmackDown in Kelowna, British Columbia. That night, Lesnar and McMahon were to face each other in a steel cage match with Angle as the special guest referee as per McMahon's orders on the previous week's program. During the match, Lesnar had passed out due to a staged backstage incident and McMahon was set to pin him, but Angle refused to allow McMahon to win that way. As the two men began to argue, Lesnar attacked Angle with an F-5 and kept attacking Angle while McMahon watched and celebrated with him afterwards, turning heel in the process. At SummerSlam on August 24, Lesnar lost to Angle after submitting to the ankle lock. After that, Lesnar would cement his villainous turn by brutalizing smaller wrestlers and attacking his rivals on a more consistent basis. He returned to performing the F-5 into the ringpost, as he did to Spanky and Gowen, and interfered in Angle's matches on two separate occasions. On the September 18 episode of SmackDown, Lesnar defeated Angle in an Iron Man match to win his third WWE Championship by a final score of five to four, thus ending their long-standing feud.

Lesnar successfully defended his newly won title against the debuting Paul London on October 9 episode of SmackDown. He returned to feud with The Undertaker, as Lesnar had previously cost Undertaker the title in a match against then-champion Kurt Angle, which granted him a shot at Lesnar's title. At No Mercy on October 19, Lesnar defeated Undertaker in a Biker Chain match after interference from The Full Blooded Italians and Vince McMahon. After Paul Heyman returned to WWE as SmackDown General Manager, Lesnar aligned himself with his former manager. With Survivor Series coming up, Lesnar decided to challenge Angle to a traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match. Lesnar chose Big Show as his first teammate, with Heyman adding a returning Nathan Jones and a debuting Matt Morgan to bring the team number to four. Angle chose Chris Benoit and The APA to join his team. However, Faarooq was injured during a match with Lesnar and Angle's team was forced to find a replacement for him. Lesnar's team picked A-Train to fill the fifth and final spot for them after he attacked John Cena, who refused to accept an invitation to join Lesnar's team. Cena instead joined Angle's team and Angle added Hardcore Holly as the fifth member. On November 16 at Survivor Series, Lesnar was eliminated after Benoit forced him to tap out to the Crippler Crossface, with Lesnar's team going on to lose the match. On the December 4 episode of SmackDown, Lesnar successfully defended the WWE Championship against Benoit after Benoit passed out to Lesnar's debuting submission hold, the Brock Lock.

Feud with Goldberg and departure (2003–2004)

With all the glory accomplished in the company till now, it was about time that Lesnar would meet Goldberg from the Raw brand. And so it happened on the Survivor Series in November 2003, when Brock Lesnar met Goldberg for the first time. In a backstage interview, Lesnar claimed to beat anybody in the world and thus, enters Goldberg – interrupting the self-bloating interview of Lesnar and introduced himself to Lesnar, shaking hands with him before leaving with a staredown. Lesnar followed this new-found rivalry with a feud involving Hardcore Holly. In the storyline, Holly wanted revenge on Lesnar for legitimately injuring his neck during a previous match between the two in 2002 which left Holly in need of neck surgery and out of action for a year. At the Royal Rumble on January 25, 2004, Lesnar defeated Holly to retain the WWE Championship. And then again, in the Royal Rumble match, Lesnar attacked Goldberg with an F-5, enabling Kurt Angle to eliminate him.

On 15 February at a No Way Out, Lesnar defended the WWE Championship against Eddie Guerrero after facing a near-fall from the latter as Goldberg attacked Lesnar with a spear while the referee was unconscious. Lesnar then attempted an F-5 on Guerrero who reversed it into DDT on the title belt and executed a frog splash to win the WWE Championship. Angered with the lost championship, Lesnar then started feuding with Goldberg, blaming him for losing his title, and a match was set up between the two at WrestleMania XX on March 14. Meanwhile, Lesnar was also not at the good terms with Stone Cold Steve, who was shown suggesting to Goldberg that he attack Lesnar at No Way Out. After Lesnar attacked Austin on Raw and stole his four-wheeler, Austin was inserted as the special guest referee for the WrestleMania match. On the March 4 episode of SmackDown, Lesnar defeated Hardcore Holly in his last match on a weekly WWE televised show until 2019. Behind the scenes, it was widely known that the match was Goldberg's last in WWE. Only a week before WrestleMania, rumours surfaced that Lesnar too was leaving to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL). As a result, Lesnar's match with Goldberg became a fiasco as the fans at Madison Square Garden jeered and heckled both of them vociferously. Goldberg won after a Jackhammer and both men subsequently received Stone Cold Stunners from Austin.

Japanese promotions (2005–2007)

On October 8, 2005, Lesnar made his debut at a New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) show in the Tokyo Dome, winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match with Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono. He won the match by pinning Masahiro Chono after an F-5, which he had renamed the Verdict since WWE owns the trademark on the F-5 name. After the match, Lesnar stated that this name was referring to his lawsuit against WWE, who filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent Lesnar from continuing to work with NJPW on December 6, but the court did not grant it. However, he still went on to win two non-title victories against Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata. Lesnar successfully defended the championship on January 4, 2006, against former champion Shinsuke Nakamura.

On January 13, WWE once again filed an injunction against Lesnar to stop him from defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship which was also not enforced as he went on to retain his championship against former Sumo Wrestling Grand Champion Akebono on March 19, at the Sumo Hall. Lesnar had another successful title defence against Giant Bernard on May 3. This was the first American vs. American title match in NJPW since Vader vs. Stan Hansen in 1990. On July 15, NJPW stripped Lesnar of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as he would not return to defend it due to "visa issues". A tournament was held on July 16 to determine the new champion which was won by Hiroshi Tanahashi. Lesnar continued to possess the physical IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt until late June 2007.

Approximately one year later on June 29, 2007, Lesnar defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle in a champion vs. champion match, at the debut event of the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF). IGF promoter Antonio Inoki had stated Lesnar was the "proper" IWGP Heavyweight Champion as he was not defeated for the title. Angle would defeat Lesnar by forcing him to tap out to the ankle lock to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as recognized by IGF and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). This was Lesnar's last match as a professional wrestler until 2012 when he re-signed with WWE.

Return to WWE

Various feuds and ending The Streak (2012–2014)

On 2nd April 2012, Lesnar marked his return to WWE on Raw, as a heel, by confronting and delivering an F-5 to John Cena. The week following his return on Raw, the General Manager John Laurinaitis revealed that he signed Lesnar to bring "legitimacy" back to WWE and become the "new face of the WWE". Laurinaitis also scheduled Lesnar to face Cena at Extreme Rules in an Extreme Rules match. At Extreme Rules on April 29, Lesnar lost to Cena despite dominating the match.

Following this, WWE's Chief Operating Officer - Triple H refused to give in to Lesnar's unreasonable contract demands – where he asked to be given his own personal jet and having Raw renamed to Monday Night Raw Starring Brock Lesnar. This resulted in Lesnar attacking him and breaking his arm with a kimura lock in storyline. The next week on Raw, Paul Heyman turned as Lesnar's legal representative, claiming that Lesnar was quitting WWE and suing WWE for breach of contract. At No Way Out in June, Triple H challenged Lesnar (who was not present) to a match at SummerSlam, which he refused. However, Stephanie McMahon later goaded Heyman to accept the match on Lesnar's behalf on July 23 at Raw 1000. At SummerSlam on August 19, Lesnar defeated Triple H by submission after once again breaking his arm in storyline. The following night on Raw, Lesnar declared himself the new "King of Kings" before announcing his departure from WWE as he stated that he had conquered everything in the company (after defeating Triple H in the last match)

On 28 January 2013 episode of Raw, Lesnar returned to confront Mr. McMahon who was about to fire Heyman. Despite Heyman's pleas, he attacked McMahon with an F-5 and broke McMahon’s pelvis in the storyline. A week later, during The Miz's Miz TV talk show, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero revealed that she signed Lesnar to a new WWE contract to impress Vince McMahon. On the February 25 episode of Raw, Lesnar once again attempted to attack McMahon but ended up getting hurt legitimately as he got into a brawl with the returning Triple H, who had his head split open that required eighteen stitches. The next after the fight, Triple H challenged Lesnar on Raw, requesting a rematch with him at WrestleMania 29. He accepted Triple H’s challenge but only after Triple H signed a contract and Lesnar named the stipulation. After Triple H signed the contract and assaulted Heyman, the stipulation was revealed as No Holds Barred with Triple H's career on the line. At WrestleMania 29 on April 7, Lesnar lost to Triple H after a Pedigree onto the steel steps.

A few days later, on the April 15 episode of Raw, Lesnar attacked 3MB - Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, and Jinder Mahal, before Heyman challenged Triple H to face Lesnar in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules that was accepted by Triple H the next week. At the event on May 19, Lesnar defeated Triple H to end their feud, following the interference by Heyman. Lesnar returned on the June 17 episode of Raw, where he attacked Heyman's fellow client CM Punk with an F-5. Despite the accusations from Punk, Heyman claimed that he was not behind Lesnar's attack on him. However, Heyman turned on Punk in July, claiming that Punk could not beat Lesnar. This eventually resulted in Lesnar making his return and attacking Punk on the July 15 episode of Raw. The next week on Raw, Punk challenged Lesnar to a match at SummerSlam on August 18, where Lesnar defeated Punk in a no disqualification match.

On the December 30 episode of Raw, Lesnar returned with Heyman to challenge the winner of the upcoming WWE World Heavyweight Championship match that would take place between Randy Orton and John Cena at the Royal Rumble. After this, Lesnar dared any wrestler who disapproved of that notion to challenge him, which was answered by Mark Henry. The ensuing brawl ended with Lesnar delivering an F-5 to Henry. A week later on Raw, Henry challenged Lesnar again in a losing effort and ended up having his elbow dislocated as Lesnar performed the Kimura lock in storyline. This led Big Show to come out afterwards to confront Lesnar, and thereafter, a new feud began that was settled at the Royal Rumble on January 26, 2014, where Lesnar attacked Show with a steel chair before the match began and eventually defeated him. On the February 24 episode of Raw, Heyman stated that Lesnar had requested a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX, but received an open contract to face anyone else of his choosing instead. The Undertaker then returned and attacked Lesnar with a chokeslam through a table, setting up their match at WrestleMania XXX.

On April 6, Lesnar defeated Undertaker after executing three F-5s, ending his undefeated WrestleMania streak at 21, a feat that was described by Sports Illustrated as being "the most shocking result since the Montreal Screwjob".

WWE World Heavyweight Champion (2014–2015)

At SummerSlam on August 17, Lesnar defeated WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena to become the Champion; during the match, he delivered sixteen suplexes (most of which were German suplexes) and two F-5s to Cena, who barely managed any offence. In a rematch at Night of Champions on September 21, Lesnar was disqualified due to Seth Rollins interfering but retained his championship. Later in the year, Rollins reunited with The Authority and was added to Lesnar's and Cena's championship match at the Royal Rumble on January 25, 2015, making it a triple threat match, which Lesnar won despite (storyline) breaking a rib during the match.

Lesnar's next challenger was Roman Reigns, who had won the Royal Rumble match to earn a title match at WrestleMania 31 on March 29. During his main event match against Reigns, Lesnar delivered multiple suplexes and was heard exclaiming, "Suplex City, bitch!" and thereafter "Suplex City" became one of his signature catchphrases and merchandise motifs. After Lesnar and Reigns traded a few false finishes, Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract while the match was in progress, making it a triple threat; Rollins then pinned Reigns to win the title. The following night on Raw, Lesnar tried to invoke his rematch clause and subsequently attacked commentators Booker T, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Michael Cole, as well as a cameraman after Rollins refused the rematch, which led to Stephanie McMahon suspending Lesnar indefinitely in the storyline.

Lesnar returned on the June 15 episode of Raw, being chosen by The Authority as the number one contender to Rollins' WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground. On July 4, Lesnar made his first non-televised wrestling appearance for WWE since his 2012 return, defeating Kofi Kingston at The Beast in the East live event in Tokyo in a quick winning effort. He also delivered F-5s to Kingston's New Day stablemates Big E and Xavier Woods after the match. At Battleground on July 19, Lesnar dominated Rollins, delivering thirteen suplexes, but mid-pinfall, after performing an F-5, he was attacked by The Undertaker (who incapacitated Lesnar with a chokeslam and two Tombstone Piledrivers), thus ending the match with Lesnar winning by disqualification and Rollins retaining the championship.

Suplex City (2015–2017)

The following night on Raw, Undertaker explained that he had attacked Lesnar not for ending his WrestleMania streak, but for Lesnar allowing Heyman to constantly taunt Undertaker about it. This led to the two brawlings throughout the arena and a WrestleMania rematch was scheduled for SummerSlam on August 23, where Undertaker would go on to controversially defeat Lesnar. During the match, the timekeeper rang the bell as Undertaker had supposedly submitted to Lesnar's Kimura lock, though the referee had not seen any submission. In the ensuing confusion, Undertaker hit Lesnar with a low blow and applied his Hell's Gate submission hold, in which Lesnar passed out. The following night on Raw, Lesnar and Heyman challenged Undertaker to an immediate rematch, only to be confronted by Bo Dallas who mocked Lesnar about his defeat. To this, Lesnar responded with three German suplexes and an F-5.

At Hell in a Cell on October 25, Lesnar defeated Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match after a low blow and F-5 onto the exposed ring floor, ending their feud. The match was later voted "Match of the Year" during the 2015 Slammy Awards. On January 11, 2016, episode of Raw, Lesnar returned and attacked - The New Day, The League of Nations (Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev and Alberto Del Rio) and Kevin Owens, before performing an F-5 on Roman Reigns. The following week on Raw, Lesnar brawled with Reigns until they were both attacked by The Wyatt Family. At the Royal Rumble on January 24, Lesnar was the 23rd entrant, eliminating four competitors before being eliminated by Bray Wyatt with help from the rest of The Wyatt Family.

On the January 25 episode of Raw, Stephanie McMahon scheduled a triple threat match between Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose for Fastlane to determine who would challenge Triple H's for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32. In the following weeks, Lesnar was continuously provoked by Ambrose, with Reigns saving him from the subsequent attacks by Lesnar.

At Fastlane on February 21, Lesnar dominated most of the match before he was put through two broadcast tables by Ambrose and Reigns; he ultimately lost the match after Reigns pinned Ambrose. Because of this, Lesnar attacked Ambrose in the parking lot as he was arriving at the arena. Ambrose returned later in the night, having hijacked an ambulance, and challenged Lesnar to a No Holds Barred Street Fight match at WrestleMania 32 on April 3, where Lesnar defeated Ambrose after an F-5 onto a pile of chairs.

On the July 7 episode of SmackDown, Lesnar was revealed as the returning Randy Orton's opponent for SummerSlam. Two days later on July 9, WWE allowed Lesnar to have a one-off fight for UFC 200. Lesnar failed two of his drug tests for this fight but was not suspended by WWE because he is not a full-time performer. On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, Lesnar was the #5 draft pick for the Raw brand. Reports claimed that he would have been #1 had he not failed his UFC drug tests. Orton was drafted to SmackDown, thereafter making their match an Interbrand match, while WWE billed their face-off as a match fifteen years in the making. Along with Heyman, Lesnar made his return to Raw on August 1 (his first appearance on WWE programming since WrestleMania 32), but during his segment, Orton appeared and attacked Lesnar with an RKO. Lesnar then attacked Orton during his match the following night on SmackDown Live, performing an F-5 on Orton. At SummerSlam on August 21, Lesnar defeated Orton by technical knockout, leaving Orton with a forehead wound which required ten staples. Much to Shane McMahon's dismay, Lesnar would later attack Shane with an F-5. The end made many people believe Lesnar had gone off script due to the severity of Orton's head wound, out of which Vince McMahon confirmed that the ending was planned. Lesnar was later storyline fined $500 for delivering an F-5 to SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and his assault on Orton. On September 24 at a house show in Chicago, Illinois, Lesnar defeated Orton in a no-disqualification rematch, with the match being billed as a Suplex City deathmatch.

On the October 10 episode of Raw, Heyman, on Lesnar's behalf, challenged Goldberg to a fight after the pair had been feuding for several months through social media and during promotional work for the WWE 2K17 video game, which featured Lesnar as the cover star and Goldberg as the pre-order bonus. Heyman stated that Goldberg was the one blemish on Lesnar's WWE career, as Goldberg had defeated Lesnar at WrestleMania XX in 2004. On the October 17 episode of Raw, Goldberg returned to WWE after a twelve-year absence and accepted Lesnar's request for a fight with their match later scheduled for Survivor Series. On the final Raw before Survivor Series, Lesnar and Goldberg had a confrontation for the first time in twelve years, resulting in a brawl with security after Heyman insulted Goldberg's family. On November 20 at Survivor Series, Lesnar lost to Goldberg in 1 minute and 26 seconds, marking the first time in three years that Lesnar was pinned. The next night on Raw, Goldberg declared himself the first entrant in the 2017 Royal Rumble match.

The following week on Raw, Heyman addressed the Survivor Series match, stating that they underestimated Goldberg and that the match was a humiliation and embarrassment for him and Lesnar, who would also be in the Royal Rumble as he has something to prove. Lesnar returned on the January 16 episode of Raw to confront other Royal Rumble participants, attacking Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. At the Royal Rumble on January 29, Lesnar entered at number 26 and went on to eliminate Enzo Amore, Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler before confronting Goldberg, who entered at number 28 and quickly eliminated Lesnar after a spear.

Year-long Universal Championship reign (2017–2018)

The following night on Raw, Lesnar challenged Goldberg to a final match at WrestleMania 33. On the February 6 episode of Raw, Goldberg would accept Lesnar's challenge whilst also being named number one contender for Kevin Owens' Universal Championship, which he won at Fastlane thus turning his match with Lesnar into a title match. At WrestleMania 33, Lesnar beat Goldberg to win his fifth world title in WWE and became the first man to have won both the WWE Championship and the Universal Championship.

Lesnar also became the second person to kick-out from Goldberg's Jackhammer and gave him the first clean singles loss of his professional wrestling career. After several weeks of feuding, Lesnar's first title defence came at the inaugural Great Balls of Fire event on July 9, 2017, where he successfully retained against Samoa Joe, before defeating him for a second time for the title at a house show.

On the July 31 episode of Raw, Lesnar was scheduled to defend his title in a fatal four-way match at SummerSlam against Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. Lesnar and Heyman stated that both would leave WWE should Lesnar lose the championship in the match. At the event, Lesnar retained the title by pinning Reigns. The next night on Raw, Lesnar was attacked by Strowman. The subsequent title match at No Mercy was won by Lesnar. Lesnar then defeated WWE Champion AJ Styles in an Interbrand Champion vs Champion non-title match at Survivor Series.

His next title defence was scheduled for the Royal Rumble where he successfully defended the title in a triple threat match against Strowman and Kane. Lesnar then re-ignited his feud with Roman Reigns, who won the Elimination Chamber match at Elimination Chamber to become the number one contender to Lesnar's title at WrestleMania 34. At the event, Lesnar pinned Reigns to retain the title in the main event. Afterwards, rumors arose that Lesnar would leave WWE and rejoin the UFC. However, on April 9, Lesnar re-signed with WWE. At the Greatest Royal Rumble pay-per-view, he again defeated Reigns in a steel cage when Reigns speared Lesnar through the cage wall. As Lesnar escaped the cage first, he was declared the winner.

After the Greatest Royal Rumble, Lesnar was absent from WWE television for nearly three months. At Extreme Rules, Raw general manager Kurt Angle threatened to strip Lesnar of the Universal Title if he did not show up to Raw the following night.

The following night on Raw, Paul Heyman agreed that Brock would defend his title at SummerSlam, while Reigns became the number one contender later that same night. On the July 30 episode of Raw, Lesnar was at the arena but refused to appear in the ring. General manager Kurt Angle threatened to fire Heyman if he could not persuade Lesnar to come to the ring. Throughout the broadcast, Heyman's attempts were unsuccessful. At the end of the show, after Angle had fired him, Lesnar appeared to attack Angle and choke Heyman.

Nevertheless, two weeks later, the dissension between Lesnar and Heyman was revealed to be just a ruse when Lesnar returning on the August 13 episode of Raw to attack Reigns. At SummerSlam, Strowman was at ringside ready to cash in his Money in the Bank contract on the winner. Lesnar incapacitated Strowman, allowing Reigns to capitalize on the distracted Lesnar and win the Universal Championship, ending Lesnar's title reign at 504 days. The reign was the sixth-longest world championship reign in WWE history and the longest since 1988.

Domination of the world championship scene and departure (2018–2020)

Lesnar returned at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in September, interrupting the Hell in a Cell match between defending Universal Champion Reigns and Strowman, kicking in the door and attacking both men, thus rendering the match a no-contest and costing Strowman his Money in the Bank cash-in match. The next night on Raw, Acting General Manager Baron Corbin scheduled Reigns to defend the Universal Championship in a triple threat match against Lesnar and Strowman at Crown Jewel on November 2. After Reigns relinquished the title due to a leukaemia relapse, the match was changed to a singles match between Lesnar and Strowman for the vacant title. Lesnar defeated Strowman (who was attacked before the match from Baron Corbin) in three minutes to become the first two-time Universal Champion.

After his title win, Lesnar was scheduled to face WWE Champion AJ Styles at Survivor Series in another Champion vs Champion non-title match. However, five days before Survivor Series, Styles lost his title to Daniel Bryan on SmackDown.

At Survivor Series, Lesnar overcame a late rally from Bryan to defeat him. Lesnar then successfully defended the title against Finn Bálor via submission at Royal Rumble on January 27, 2019. The next night on Raw, Lesnar attacked 2019 Royal Rumble match winner Seth Rollins with six F-5s, setting up a title match for WrestleMania 35. At the event, Lesnar attacked Rollins before the match. Rollins then attacked Lesnar with a low blow while the referee was down and pinned Lesnar, ending his second reign as Universal Champion at 156 days.

At Money in the Bank on May 19, 2019, Lesnar surprisingly replaced Sami Zayn in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Before the match, Zayn had been attacked backstage. Later, the match began with only seven of the scheduled eight participants. At the climax of the match, Lesnar ran in, took out Ali, who was on top of a ladder and won the Money in the Bank contract, granting him either a Universal Championship or WWE Championship match at any time of his choosing within the next year. After teasing cashing in on Universal Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and failing an attempt to cash-in on Rollins at Super ShowDown, Lesnar successfully cashed in his contract to win the Universal Championship from Rollins at Extreme Rules on July 14 right after Rollins and Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch had retained their respective titles against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in an Extreme Rules mixed tag team match. At SummerSlam on August 11, Lesnar lost the title back to Rollins, ending his third title reign at 28 days.

Lesnar and Heyman returned on the September 17 episode of SmackDown to challenge Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship, whom (after Kingston accepted the challenge) Lesnar performed an F-5. On the September 30 episode of Raw, Lesnar viciously attacked Rey Mysterio and his son Dominic. On SmackDown's 20th Anniversary on October 4, Lesnar quickly defeated Kingston to win his fifth WWE Championship; this was Lesnar's first televised match in 15 years. After his victory, Lesnar was attacked by former UFC opponent Cain Velasquez, making his WWE debut. Lesnar was then scheduled to defend the WWE Championship against Velasquez at Crown Jewel on October 31.

During the 2019 draft, Lesnar was drafted to SmackDown. At the Crown Jewel event, Lesnar defeated Velasquez in under five minutes via submission with the Kimura Lock. After the match, Mysterio attacked Lesnar with a chair. On the November 1 episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Lesnar and Heyman quit the brand in order to go after Mysterio, who had been drafted to Raw, thus transferring to Raw with the WWE Championship. This led to Mysterio challenging Lesnar for the championship at Survivor Series, which was made official as a No Holds Barred match, where Lesnar retained, despite Dominic's attempt to aid Mysterio during the match.

Lesnar returned on the January 6, 2020 episode of Raw to declare that no one deserved an opportunity at his championship at the Royal Rumble, so instead he would enter the Royal Rumble match as entrant number one. At the event on January 26, Lesnar eliminated the first thirteen competitors he faced, tying the record for most number of eliminations in a Rumble match, before being eliminated by Drew McIntyre, the eventual winner of the match. At Super ShowDown on February 27, Lesnar defeated Ricochet in ninety-four seconds to retain the championship. Lesnar's fifth WWE Championship reign was ended by Drew McIntyre during WrestleMania 36 on April 5 at 184 days after which Lesnar would depart WWE for the foreseeable future.

Other Ventures

Professional football career

After his match at WrestleMania XX in March 2004, Lesnar sidelined his career in WWE and went on to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL) even though he hasn’t played football since high school.

WWE issued a statement on their official website, WWE.com, after Brock Lesnar’s departure which stated his decision about the NFL -

“Brock Lesnar has made a personal decision to put his WWE career on hold to prepare to try out for the National Football League this season. Brock has wrestled his entire professional career in the WWE and we are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best in his new endeavour.”

Later, Lesnar told a Minnesota radio show that he had "three wonderful years" working with WWE, but had grown unhappy. He said that he had always wanted to play professional football, going on to add that he did not want to be 40 years old and wonder if he could have "made it" in football. In an interview about the NFL, he stated:

“This is no load of the bull; it's no WWE stunt. I am dead serious about this. I ain't afraid of anything and I ain't afraid of anybody. I've been an underdog in athletics since I was five. I got zero college offers for wrestling. Now people say I can't play football, that it's a joke. I say I can. I'm as good an athlete as a lot of guys in the NFL, if not better. I've always had to fight for everything. I wasn't the best technician in amateur wrestling but I was strong, had great conditioning, and a hard head. Nobody could break me. As long as I have that, I don't give a damn what anybody else thinks.”

Lesnar had a great showing at the NFL Combine, but it came down crushing when a minivan collided with his motorbike on April 17 and he suffered a broken jaw and left hand, a bruised pelvis and a pulled groin. Several NFL teams expressed interest in watching Lesnar work it out. The Minnesota Vikings worked out Lesnar on June 11, but he was hampered by the groin injury he suffered in the motorcycle accident.

On July 24 it was reported that he was nearly recovered from his groin injury. Following this, he signed with the Vikings on July 27 and played in several preseason games for the team. He was released by the Vikings on August 30. Lesnar received an invitation to play as a representative for the Vikings in NFL Europa, but declined due to his desire to stay in the United States with his family. He had several football cards produced of him during his time with the Vikings.

Mixed martial arts career

Hero's (2007)

After the final match of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas, on 29th April 2006, Lesnar stated his intent to join K-1's mixed martial arts league, Hero's. He trained with Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under Greg Nelson and Minnesota Assistant Head wrestling coach Marty Morgan. Lesnar signed the deal in August and had his first fight scheduled against Choi Hong-man of South Korea on June 2, 2007, at the Dynamite USA show. However, before the match, Hong-Man was replaced by Min Soo Kim. Lesnar submitted Soo Kim with strikes in 1:09 of the first round to win his first official MMA match.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2011)

Debut and UFC Heavyweight Champion

Lesnar joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) during UFC 77 on October 20, making his debut with the promotion on 2nd February 2008 in an event titled UFC 81: Breaking Point against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. Due to his large hands, Lesnar had to wear 4XL gloves for the fight, making him the second man (after Choi Hong-man) in Nevada's combat sports history to wear such gloves. Lesnar secured an early takedown and began landing numerous punches, but was docked a point after a punch hit Mir on the back of the head. Following another takedown by Lesnar, Mir managed to secure a kneebar and forced a submission at 1:30 of the first round which caused Lesnar to lose in his UFC debut. At UFC 82 on March 1, Mark Coleman (the former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer) was announced to fight Lesnar at UFC 87. However, Coleman withdrew from the fight due to an injury and was replaced by Heath Herring. On August 9, Lesnar defeated Herring by unanimous decision.

And then on 15th November, Lesnar faced Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91. Lesnar beat Couture via a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion. On December 27 at UFC 92, Frank Mir defeated Antônio Nogueira for the Interim Heavyweight Championship, going on to face Lesnar for the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 98. Immediately after winning the Interim Heavyweight title, Mir found Lesnar in the crowd and shouted, "You've got my belt".

Due to a knee injury to Mir, the title unification match with Lesnar that was originally slated to be the UFC 98 main event was postponed. Lesnar won the postponed rematch with Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009, via technical knockout in the second round. The win earned Lesnar Beatdown of the Year honours, with Anderson Silva, from Sherdog for 2009. During his post-match celebration, Lesnar flipped off the crowd who had been booing him. Lesnar also made a disparaging comment about the pay-per-view's primary sponsor Bud Light, claiming they "won't pay me nothin'" and promoted Coors Light instead. Lesnar later apologized for his remarks at the post-fight press conference, where he held a bottle of Bud Light and endorsed their product.

On July 1 it was reported that the winner of the Shane Carwin vs. Cain Velasquez fight at UFC 104 was to face Lesnar in the match that was scrapped. And then on 21 November at UFC 106, Lesnar was scheduled to defend the title against Shane Carwin. On October 2 Lesnar pulled out of his Carwin bout due to an illness. UFC President Dana White said Lesnar had been ill for three weeks, claiming he had never been this sick in his life and that it would take him a while to recover. This resulted in his fight with Carwin being rescheduled for UFC 108 on January 2, 2010. Lesnar initially sought treatment in Canada, but later told reporters that he had received "Third World treatment" at a hospital in Brandon, Manitoba and that seeking better treatment in the United States saved his life. Lesnar went on to criticize Canadian health care further and stated that he shared his experience to speak "on the behalf of the doctors in the United States that don't want health care reform to happen".

On November 4 it was confirmed that Lesnar was suffering from mononucleosis, meaning that his bout with Carwin would have to wait a bit longer and that the fight for Lesnar's heavyweight championship was cancelled. On November 14 at the UFC 105 post-fight conference, Dana White stated, "Lebsnar's not well and he's not going to be getting well anytime soon". She also said that an interim title match might need to be set up later. In addition to mononucleosis, it was revealed that he was suffering from a serious case of diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder, which required surgery.

After further diagnosis, Lesnar underwent surgery on November 16 to close a perforation in his intestine that had been leaking faecal matter into his abdomen, causing pain, abscesses and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contracted mononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnar's system, the surgeon estimated that the intestinal condition had been ongoing for around a year.

In January 2010, Lesnar revealed on ESPN's SportsCenter about his return to the UFC, that was scheduled in the summer. A match between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin took place on March 27 at UFC 111, determining the Interim Heavyweight Champion and Lesnar's next opponent. Shane Carwin defeated Mir via knockout in the first round, becoming the new Interim Champion. After the fight, Lesnar came into the ring and stated, "It was a good fight but he's wearing a belt that's a make-believe belt. I've got the real championship belt".

Lesnar faced Carwin at UFC 116 on July 3 to unify the heavyweight titles. In the first round of the match, Carwin placed a punch on Lesnar, giving him a cut above his left eye and used a ground and pound attack the rest of the round to take him down. In the next round, Lesnar was able to take Carwin down, attain a full mount, then move into side-control and finish the fight with an arm-triangle choke. With the victory, Lesnar became the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, earning his first Submission of the Night and giving Carwin his first loss. The win also tied a UFC record for most consecutive successful UFC Heavyweight Championship defences.

Title loss and first retirement

Lesnar's next defence was against undefeated top contender Cain Velasquez on October 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California at UFC 121. Dana White announced via SportsNation that the UFC would bring back UFC Primetime to hype the fight. Lesnar was defeated by Velasquez for the title by TKO in the first round.

Lesnar was advertised as a coach of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, opposite Junior dos Santos, with the two expected to fight on June 11 at UFC 131, but he was struck with another bout of diverticulitis and had to withdraw from the fight on May 12. He was replaced by Shane Carwin, who ended up losing against dos Santos. Lesnar underwent surgery on May 27 to help battle his problems with diverticulitis. Dana White said that he had a 12-inch piece of his colon removed.

In its May 2011 issue, ESPN's magazine published a story listing the highest-paid athlete based on base salary and earnings for the most recent calendar year or most recent season in 30 sports. Lesnar topped the list for MMA at $5.3 million, which included his reported bout salaries and estimated pay-per-view bonuses. In the summer of 2011, Lesnar announced that he was returning to action, stating, "I feel like a new man, healthy, strong. I feel like I used to feel". His return match was scheduled to be at UFC 141 on December 30 in Las Vegas against former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. Overeem won the fight by way of technical knockout in the first round. Lesnar then retired from MMA, mentioning his struggles with diverticulitis and saying "tonight was the last time you'll see me in the octagon".

Speculation about a return to MMA lasted until March 24, 2015, when Lesnar revealed in an interview on SportsCenter that he had re-signed with WWE and officially closed the door on a return to MMA, even though he was offered a deal "ten times more" than what he had made previously in his MMA career. He further elaborated that, while he was training for months for a return to the UFC, he felt "physically great but something was lacking mentally". Lesnar added that "He’s an older caveman now, so he makes smarter caveman decisions" and that he chose to sign with WWE instead of returning to MMA because he could "work part-time with full-time pay".

Return to the UFC (2016–2018)

Fight against Mark Hunt

Though Lesnar said he was "closing the door on MMA" in March 2015, UFC announced on June 4, 2016, that he would return at UFC 200 on July 9. WWE confirmed it had granted Lesnar "a one-off opportunity" to compete at UFC 200 before he would return to the company for SummerSlam on August 21. Lesnar, representing Canada for the first time in his career, defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision, avoiding 19 of Hunt's 30 attempted standing strikes and taking him down four times to land 43 significant ground strikes (32 in the final round). He also was paid a UFC record $2.5 million purses. This record was broken at UFC 202 by Conor McGregor, who was also the previous holder.

Suspension and second retirement

On July 15, Lesnar was notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) stemming from an undisclosed banned substance in an out-of-competition sample collected on June 28. On July 19, a second test sample taken in-competition on July 9 was revealed as positive for the same banned substance discovered in the previous out-of-competition sample. On August 23, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) confirmed that Lesnar had twice been tested positive for the estrogen blocker clomiphene and was suspended.

On December 15, it was confirmed that Lesnar was fined $250,000 and suspended from competition for one year by the NSAC. He would be eligible to return in July 2017. As a result of the suspension, the result of his fight with Mark Hunt was overturned to a no contest. As of January 2019, Lesnar has yet to pay the fine.

On February 14, 2017, it was reported that Lesnar had notified UFC he was retiring from MMA for the second time. On July 7, 2018, Lesnar stormed the cage after the main event fight at UFC 226 and challenged the new UFC Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier. On July 8, USADA confirmed that Lesnar had begun the process to get back into their drug-testing pool. UFC officials were targeting about between Lesnar and Daniel Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. However, (according to Dana White) Lesnar decided not to fight and is "done" with MMA.

Other media and records

  • In 2003, WWE Home Video released a DVD chronicling Lesnar's career entitled Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain which was re-released in 2012 as a three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray collector's edition to tie in with Lesnar's WWE return. It was also expanded to include new matches and interviews.
  • In 2016, a new home video was released on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a collector's edition, called Brock Lesnar: Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat, including accomplishments from his second run in WWE.
  • Lesnar was featured on the covers of Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazine in 2004 and Minneapolis' City Pages in 2008. He is the cover athlete for the WWE SmackDown: Here Comes the Pain, UFC Undisputed 2010 and WWE 2K17 video games.
  • In 2009, Lesnar signed an endorsement deal with Dymatize Nutrition. A CD containing footage of Lesnar training was included with Dymatize's "Xpand" product.
  • Lesnar co-wrote an autobiography with Paul Heyman, titled Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival, which was published by William Morrow and Company in 2011.
  • In a 2013 post on his blog, Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama revealed that he drew inspiration from Lesnar for the character of the Armored Titan.

Professional record breakdown
9 matches 5 wins 3 losses
By knockout 3 2
By submission 1 1
By decision 1 0
No contests 1  

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Professional wrestling style and persona

Since Lesnar's debut, he was portrayed as a powerhouse athlete. He is often called by his nickname "The Beast Incarnate" or simply "The Beast". During his initial run when he was consistently main-eventing, WWE was in what is labeled by the company and fans as the "Ruthless Aggression Era". His go-to finishing manoeuvre for his entire career has been a fireman's carry facebuster known as the F-5 (or The Verdict when he wrestled outside of WWE). After his return in 2012, Lesnar focused on an MMA-oriented gimmick, sporting MMA gloves during his matches and adding the Kimura lock as a submission hold. Lesnar is also known for performing several suplexes (especially German suplexes) on his rivals, with these often being described as the opponent being taken to "Suplex City", named after an ad-lib Lesnar delivered to Roman Reigns during their WrestleMania 31 match. Lesnar has been managed by Paul Heyman for the majority of WWE career with Heyman being Lesnar's mouthpiece for storylines and feuds.

Around the fall of 2017, a large number of fans and critics had begun to condemn Lesnar. Many reporters thought his Suplex City character "jumped the shark" and his matches had "become formulaic". He was largely criticized due to his absences from television during his time as Universal Champion. It was pointed out that he had the longest world championship reign since Hulk Hogan. However, he had only defended the title on 13 occasions during this time, with Tim Fiorvanti from ESPN commenting that he had "removed the top title on Monday Night Raw from circulation". The short length of his matches was also criticized by journalists and fans. Former WWE Champion Bob Backlund criticized the fact that Lesnar used mostly suplexes during his matches, saying "it gets old to do the same thing over and over and over again".

Championships and Accomplishments

Collegiate wrestling

National Collegiate Athletic Association

  • NCAA Division I All-American (1999, 2000)
  • NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion (2000)
  • Big Ten Conference Champion (1999, 2000)

National Junior College Athletic Association

  • NJCAA All-American (1997, 1998)
  • NJCAA Heavyweight Champion (1998)
  • North Dakota State University Bison Tournament Champion (1997–1999)

Mixed martial arts

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • UFC Heavyweight Championship (One time): Two successful title defenses
  • Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Shane Carwin

Inside Fights

  • Biggest Draw (2008)
  • Rookie of the Year (2008)

Sherdog Awards

  • Beatdown of the Year (2009)

Sports Illustrated

  • Top Newcomer of the Year (2008)

World MMA Awards

  • Breakthrough Fighter of the Year (2009)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Best Box Office Draw (2008–2010)
  • MMA Most Valuable Fighter (2008–2010)

Professional wrestling

 

Guinness World Records

  • World record: Youngest person to win the WWE Championship (aged 25 years, 44 days)

Inoki Genome Federation

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

New Japan Pro-Wrestling

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Ohio Valley Wrestling

  • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Shelton Benjamin

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • Feud of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle
  • Feud of the Year (2015) vs. The Undertaker
  • Match of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle in an Iron Man match on SmackDown! on September 16
  • Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2018)
  • Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2002)
  • Wrestler of the Year (2002, 2014)
  • Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2003

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Best Brawler (2003)
  • Best Wrestling Maneuver (2002) F-5
  • Feud of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle
  • Most Improved Wrestler (2002, 2003)
  • Best Box Office Draw of the Decade (2010s)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2015)

WWE/World Wrestling Entertainment/Federation

  • WWE Championship (5 times)
  • WWE Universal Championship (3 times)
  • King of the Ring (2002)
  • Money in the Bank (Men's 2019)
  • Royal Rumble (2003)
  • Slammy Award (5 times)

Hashtag of the Year (2015) – #SuplexCity

Match of the Year (2015) – vs The Undertaker at Hell in a Cell

Rivalry of the Year (2015) – vs The Undertaker

"Tell Me You Didn't Just Say That" Moment of the Year (2015) – Coining "Suplex City" at WrestleMania 31

The OMG Shocking Moment of the Year (2014) – Ending The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak at WrestleMania XXX

  • WWE Year-End Award for Hottest Rivalry (2018) – vs. Roman Reigns
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WWE Smackdown Preview (17/09/21): Roman Reigns-Finn Balor Feud Continues

A week after the historic Madison Square Garden edition, SmackDown will continue the buildup for the upcoming PPV event, Extreme Rules. Roman Reigns and his Universal Championship remains the central point of the show toward which a Demon is now coming after. Also, there will be fallouts from last week’s when WWE’s blue brand returns with the latest episode from the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.

WWE Super SmackDown on FOX from MSG saw the return of Finn Balor’s alter-ego, The Demon. It also marked the return of Brock Lesnar on the blue brand and both these men are focused on getting their hands on the Universal Championship possessed by Roman Reigns.

Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos were dominated by The Beast Incarnate in the opening segment of the show. Lesnar also challenged Reigns for the Universal Title and that match will be happening at Crown Jewel 2021. But for now, Balor’s Demon King has received a title shot at Extreme Rules 2021.

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A couple of weeks ago, Reigns defeated Balor in a singles contest to retain his title but that win wasn’t a clean one due to interference by The Usos. As a result, he received the rematch over the title.

Then following the main event match of Super SmackDown between The Usos and The Street Profits, we witnessed the return of the Demon avatar of Balor after a hiatus of almost two years. The Demon hit the ring and faced off with Reigns as fans cheered to sent MSG show off the air. We bet there will be consequences, this week from that segment.

WWE Legend Trish Stratus Shares Latest Thirsty Trap Bikini Photo

Speaking of last week’s main event, The Usos retained their SmackDown Tag Team Titles against Street Profits but that happened as a result of a disqualification after Reigns hit the ring and attacked Ford and Dawkins. Reigns also punished Ford with the Guillotine Chokehold submission as it appears a rematch for the tag belts should be waiting at Extreme Rules with some sort of stipulations.

WWE Smackdown Preview (17/09/21): Update on Edge’s future

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Seth Rollins defeated Hall of Famer Edge in a rematch from SummerSlam at the MSG episode of SmackDown. Not only that, but the Curb Stomp from him also sent the Rated-R Superstar, straight to the hospital. The question remains whether this has sent Edge to a hiatus, for now, or another rematch against Rollins will be waiting at Extreme Rules 2021.

A match from the women’s division with the lineup being Carmella and Zelina Vega vs. Liv Morgan and Toni Storm was reportedly taken out of the MSG card as Edge vs. Seth Rollins went overtime. All the superstars of that match was really frustrated as we hope the match gets placed on this episode of SmackDown. Also, a segment to continue the rivalry between Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin was also put aside due to time constraints which should be out back on the card on the latest episode from WWE’s blue brand.

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WWE Crown Jewel 2021: Brock Lesnar Vs. Roman Reigns Officially Announced

For a number of weeks, the next bout between The Beast Incarnate and The Tribal Chief has been rumored to happen at WWE Crown Jewel 2021. Now, it’s been made, official after WWE offered an official statement regarding the matchup. Brock Lesnar will challenge WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns for the title in the next PPV event to take place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, next month.

Crown Jewel 2021 marks the first time that WWE will be visiting the middle-east country in a year and a half. The last Saudi Arabia PPV took place in February of 2020 under the name of Super Showdown. In the main event of that show, Goldberg defeated The Fiend Bray Wyatt to win the Universal Championship for the second time in his career.

Brock Lesnar Returns On WWE Smackdown; Goes Physical With Roman Reigns

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Brock Lesnar was also in action on that night where he squashed Ricochet to retain his WWE Championship while Roman Reigns led Team Hulk Hogan to a victory against Team Ric Flair in a huge tag team matchup. Now, these two titans will collide against each other in a multi-time Wrestlemania rematch after what went down on this past episode of Smackdown.

Crown Jewel 2021 marks Lesnar vs. Reigns number V

As Lesnar vs. Reigns has been announced by the WWE for their return to Crown Jewel 2021 on Thursday, October 21, Paul Heyman is being advertised to be in Reigns’ corner. There’s no doubt that Heyman will be playing a big role in this matchup considering that he used to be Lesnar’s advocate for a long time.

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It should also be noted that The WWE Universal Title will be on the line for Lesnar vs. Reigns only if Reigns can retain at Extreme Rules. In that upcoming PPV event, Reigns is set to defend against “The Demon” Finn Balor on September 26. Regardless of what happens at Extreme Rules, Lesnar vs. Reigns will still happen in Saudi Arabia. In case of a title change at Extreme Rules, this match is likely to be a non-title matchup at Crown Jewel 2021.

WWE Crown Jewel 2021 will air at 1 pm ET on October 21, live via Peacock and the WWE Network. The event will reportedly also feature the finals of the 2021 King of the Ring tournament and the finals of the first-ever Queen of the Ring tournament, although WWE hasn’t confirmed the same. Lesnar vs. Reigns is the only matchup on the card, as of now.

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Eric Bischoff Thinks Bringing Back Brock Lesnar Is A Good Decision

Professional wrestling Legend Eric Bischoff who is a former General Manager of Monday Night RAW recently gave his opinion on the return of Brock Lesnar and he said that the return of the Beast Incarnate was a good decision made by WWE.

The last wrestling match of Brock Lesnar took place at WrestleMania 36 and that was more than a year ago. In that match he defended his WWE Championship against the Scottish Psychopath Drew McIntyre. The match was said to be a huge momentum for Drew McIntyre but zero attendance due to the covid-19 pandemic situation affected it badly.

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Eric Bischoff Thinks Bringing Back Brock Lesnar Is A Good Decision

Since losing WWE World Championship to the Scottish Psychopath the beast incarnate did not appear in WWE. Fans were badly waiting for the return of the former eight times WWE World Champion but that did not happen. This is mostly because of the terrible situation because of the worldwide pandemic.

Since Roman Reigns won the WWE Universal Championship at the WWE pay per view event Payback last year, he did not to drop the title even once. At SummerSlam of this year, he defeated the former 16 times WWE world champion John Cena to retain the Championship.

After the match, Brock Lesnar made a surprise return and confronted the WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns. Surely the duo will have a match soon and the title probably would be on the line too.

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Eric Bischoff who is a former General Manager of Monday Night RAW recently during a recent episode of 83 Weeks gave his opinion on the return of Brock Lesnar and he said that the return of the Beast Incarnate was a good decision made by WWE. He said;

“Brock, I don’t feel the same way about Brock. I have nothing but respect for Brock, admiration for Brock. He is one of a kind. There are not enough superlatives, we don’t have enough time to cover all the little superlatives that I can throw Brock’s way.

“But if Brock’s approach to the business doesn’t change, in other words, if he’s that unbeatable mountain, just destruction machine and there’s nobody that’s really competition for him, I’ve been there and done that and seen enough of it.

“Now if he’s coming back and there’s more depth to his character and more range to his stories and he gives a little? Because Brock was a taker, Brock just ate everybody up. Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston in seven seconds? I’m sorry, that’s not interesting.

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Brock Lesnar. Image Credits: Twitter

“That’s just moving the chess pieces around the way you think the chest pieces need to be moved around. That kind of thing doesn’t interest me at all. Give me great competition, give me Brock selling, give me Brock beginning to doubt Brock and having some internal struggles as a character?

“Put Brock Lesnar in a situation where there’s some doubt as to the outcome and the end of a story? I’m all in because Brock is clearly capable of doing anything he chooses to do as a performer.

“If Brock’s approach – because Brock’s approach will be WWE’s approach. He has that much stroke. If the approach to storytelling with Brock and his character is essentially the same as it was before he left, I don’t think it’s a positive thing [for WWE]. I really don’t.”

Credit: 83 Weeks. H/T WrestlingInc.

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Brock Lesnar Returns On WWE Smackdown; Goes Physical With Roman Reigns

This week’s WWE Super SmackDown on FOX aired from the Madison Square Garden we witnessed the return of Brock Lesnar. This marked his first blue brand appearance since October 2019 as he was seemingly ready to get back the Universal Title from Roman Reigns. In the process, he has to go physical with the Tribal Chief but The Usos saved the day for the champion.

SmackDown opened with The bloodline – WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos coming to the ring for a promo segment. Reigns talked about owning WWE, NYC, and MSG, who also wanted the crowd to acknowledge him.

The Bloodline was then interrupted by Brock Lesnar, who came to the ring to a massive pop from the audience. He marched right into the ring to get into Reigns’ face. This caused The Usos to step in front of Reigns and get in Lesnar’s face for protection.

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Paul Heyman took the mic and asked why Brock Lesnar is coming after the Universal Title when he could successfully go after any other title in WWE. Lesnar interrupted and asked Heyman why he did not tell Reigns that he was going to be present at SummerSlam. Reigns was upset with this news as he made his exit from the ring with the Universal title.

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Brock Lesnar wants a title shot from Roman Reigns

Brock Lesnar then asked for a Universal title shot from Reigns before picking up Heyman for an F-5. In the meantime, Reigns re-entered the ring and made the save by decking Lesnar with a Superman Punch.

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The Beast fought Reigns off and went to hit the F5 on him, but The Usos rushed back to the ring and unloaded on him with some superkicks. Brock Lesnar came right back and planted The Usos with a double clothesline. He then hit a couple of German suplexes on Jimmy and Jey Jey Usos to stand tall as The Bloodline retreated to the stage.

That was the end of the segment and Brock Lesnar never appeared by the end of the show answering the call from Roman Reigns. At present, Lesnar vs. Reigns is not confirmed, but it looks like that match could happen at WWE Crown Jewel on Thursday, October 21 in Saudi Arabia.

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Paul Heyman On Roman Reigns – Brock Lesnar Confrontation At The MSG

Professional with Legend Paul Heyman who is currently playing the role of the manager of the WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns recently talked about the confrontation that had been scheduled for this week SmackDown between the WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns and the former eight times WWE World champion Brock Lesnar. He also talked about the environment of Madison Square Garden.

At the main event of SummerSlam pay per view event of WWE, WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns defend his Championship against the former 16 times WWE world champion John Cena. Roman defeated Cena in this match. And while he was celebrating, the former eight times WWE World Champion Brock Lesnar surprise return and confronted Roman. The champion avoided any physical contact and left.

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Paul Heyman On Roman Reigns – Brock Lesnar Confrontation At The MSG

Since then we have not heard from Brock Lesnar yet. However, it has been announced that he will be present during the next episode of Friday night Smackdown which will take place in the legendary Madison Square Garden.

A WWE Universal championship match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar is very much imminent. But the time and place are still unknown. But there are rumours that are suggesting that the Championship will be defended at WrestleMania 38 between the duo. Still there is nothing confirmed.

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Paul Heyman who is currently playing the role of the manager of the WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns recently spoke to Sports Illustrated where he talked about the confrontation that had been scheduled for this week SmackDown between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. He said;

“You can expect history to play out in front of your very eyes on SmackDown,” Heyman says. “It’s going to happen as Brock Lesnar returns to television for the first time in 18 months.

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Roman Reigns. Image Credits: Twitter

“He obviously wants to make an impact in doing so, and we’ll see whether that impact is at the expense of the ‘Tribal Chief,’ the most dominant champion in the history of WWE, Roman Reigns. That’s the history we’ll see play out on Friday.

“Just walking into Madison Square Garden, even as a fan, is a humbling experience,” Heyman says. “To be part of the headline feature at Madison Square Garden—on this particular weekend, on this particular night—is so humbling that I don’t have the words to convey the enormity of the honor.

“I’ve spent my entire life articulating emotion to the masses so they can relate to it, and yet, I don’t have a proper description that would allow someone to grasp how all-encompassing this privilege and honor is.”

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WWE Smackdown Preview (10/09/21): Brock Lesnar Returns; Edge vs. Rollins

WWE Smackdown returns to its home, this week with a very special edition where Brock Lesnar will make his appearance, going after the Universal championship. A solid Summerslam rematch will be in-store on the show when Edge faces Seth Rollins in their second encounter. Also, an Extreme Rules contract signing will be there on the show that takes place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Brock Lesnar is the headliner of this Super SmackDown episode as he will be targeting the reigning Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Last week, a backstage segment took place where Kayla Braxton was interviewing Paul Heyman when his phone started ringing. It was Lesnar’s theme song playing on the phone as the ringtone, and it was Lesnar who was calling. It appeared that The Beast wanted Heyman to deliver to WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

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Heyman later told his Tribal Chief that they have a problem in the form of Lesnar. Reigns wasn’t much concerned about the threat and said that when the time will be right, he will smash Lesnar, just like everybody else. But when Heyman informed him that Lesnar will be coming to Super SmackDown this week at Madison Square Garden, he started to worry. It’ll be interesting to see how things will fold out when these two titans meet in the ring.

Roman Reigns’ Title Match Announced For WWE Extreme Rules 2021

With the Universal Championship shot hanging in the balance, the feud between Edge and Seth Rollins is far from over. Following Edge’s win at Summerslam 2021, these two superstars will battle, once again on Super Smackdown in the potential main event of the night. That being said, WWE Universe is elated to be a part of the second installment of The Architect vs. The Rated-R Superstar.

Edge vs. Rollins II was made, official after last week’s SmackDown saw Cesaro defeat Rollins by DQ when Rollins used a steel chair. Rollins taunted Edge by using his multiple during the match. Then in the post-match attack on Cesaro, Edge made the save for the Swiss Superman, and later in a backstage segment, he challenged Rollins in a rematch. The veteran claimed that he would burn Rollins down one more time at MSG and the situation would be far worse than what happened at SummerSlam 2021.

WWE Smackdown Preview (10/09/21): Contract Signing segment

Bianca Belair vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch has been announced for the WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view, last week. The post-Summerslam edition hosted a number-one contender’s Fatal-4-Way elimination match won by Belair who was obligated to get a title shot from Lynch.

During a confrontation, The MAN denied giving Belair that title shot. Then WWE Officials made the match for the upcoming PPV, in a backstage segment. This will be Lynch’s first title defense after quickly winning the belt from Belair at WWE SummerSlam on August 21. Plus, both the women will put their signature to the paper in a contract signing segment on this week’s Smackdown from MSG.

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In more news for the show, several Raw Superstars are being advertised to make their appearances: WWE Champion Bobby Lashley, RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, RAW Tag Team Champions Randy Orton, and Riddle, The New Day, Drew McIntyre. John Cena is also booked in a tag team match against WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos by teaming up with The Usos. Also, Sasha Banks could make her return on this very special broadcast on FOX from the World’s Most Famous Arena.

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Brock Lesnar Vs. Roman Reigns: Twist Coming In Big WWE Storyline?

Brock Lesnar is being advertised to make his return on WWE’s weekly television on tonight’s episode of Super Smackdown. On the verge of this monumental return, the advocate general for the former Universal Champion hints that there’s a major twist could be waiting in the potential feud against Roman Reigns.

Paul Heyman recently spoke with Joseph Staszewski of The New York Post to promote Friday’s WWE Super SmackDown on FOX from Madison Square Garden in New York City. As noted, the show will feature Brock Lesnar as the headliner who makes his first blue brand appearance since October 2019, and his first appearance since confronting WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at the end of SummerSlam pay-per-view 2021.

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For the past few weeks, the WWE Universe is expecting Paul Heyman to play a key role in the new feud between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Prior to SummerSlam, Lesnar’s last appearance came at WrestleMania 36 in 2020, where he dropped the WWE Title to Drew McIntyre.

Heyman was with Brock Lesnar at that time, but during the latter’s hiatus, he’s been linked up with Reigns. Then at SummerSlam, The Beast made his return to stare down Heyman and Reigns. Heyman stood by the side of Reigns and did not speak with Lesnar, at that time. Then on last week’s SmackDown, an angle was shown where Lesnar called Heyman to inform him that he will be at this Friday night’s MSG episode.

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Paul Heyman teased big things for Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

That being said, it’s been recently reported that Brock Lesnar is scheduled to be a babyface on the SmackDown roster. Staszewski pointed out the usual appearances for Lesnar when Heyman cuts promos for him as a full heel. Heyman was then asked about Lesnar possibly working without him to present himself to the WWE crowd in a different way, that’s in a babyface role.

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This was when Heyman indicated that big twists could be waiting for us on Smackdown in this main-event storyline,

“I don’t know if we end up in a situation where Brock Lesnar can’t go after a different championship other than Roman Reigns’ and he can have his advocate and Roman Reigns can have his special counsel. There’s a lot of decisions to be made and there’s a lot of scenarios that can play out and I dare suggest anyone who thinks that they have this figured out doesn’t have a clue as to the twists and turns that could and will come in the near future.”

As of now, there’s no update on when the next Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns match could take place but the assumption is that WWE may schedule it for the Crown Jewel PPV on Thursday, October 21 in Saudi Arabia.

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Brock Lesnar’s Return; Summerslam 2021 Rematch Announced For WWE Super Smackdown

Next week’s Super SmackDown will be a loaded episode and Brock Lesnar is likely to be the headliner of the show as he will make his return to WWE TV. It was officially announced that next Friday’s episode from the Madison Square Garden in New York City will have the former Universal Champion in attendance as he would focus on the current champion.

Paul Heyman featured a backstage segment of last night’s show where Kayla Braxton was interviewing him. His phone rang, with Lesnar’s theme song playing as the ringtone, and it was Lesnar was calling. Lesnar interrupted Heyman at one point and wanted him to deliver a message to WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

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Heyman later told The Tribal Chief that they have a problem in the form of Brock Lesnar. Reigns downplayed the threat and said he will smash The Beast when the time is right, but he then started to worry as Heyman informed him that Lesnar will be in attendance for the Super SmackDown next week at Madison Square Garden. Reigns also worried about Lesnar might coming back to SmackDown to cost him the title defense against Finn Balor but that wasn’t the case.

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Edge vs. Rollins II set for Super Smackdown

The Super SmackDown from MSG will also have Seth Rollins vs. WWE Hall of Famer Edge on the card. This will be a rematch from SummerSlam which was won by Edge.

Edge vs. Rollins II was announced after Cesaro defeated Rollins by DQ as the latter one Rollins used a steel chair. Rollins taunted Edge during the match and then led an attack on Cesaro. Edge ran out to make save and later challenged Rollins during a backstage segment. He promised to burn Rollins down one more time at MSG. He also noted that this time it will end worse than it did at SummerSlam.

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Both Edge and Rollins are focused on getting back to the Universal Title picture and it’s likely that the winner of next week’s Super SmackDown may be awarded a title match. As of now, the Madison Square Garden show has the following confirmed lineup,

* Bianca Belair and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch will sign their title match contract for Extreme Rules

* WWE Hall of Famer Edge vs. Seth Rollins II

* Brock Lesnar will return for the feud with Paul Heyman and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns

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Revealed: WWE’s Plans For Next Roman Reigns Vs. Brock Lesnar Match

For several weeks leading up to Summerslam 2021, reports claimed that WWE wanted to do another Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns matchup. This match would have a completely new dynamic with the latter being the alpha male of the WWE roster these days in the absence of his adversary for almost one and a half years. Now that plans have been confirmed at the bygone PPV event.

As seen in the main event of WWE SummerSlam 2021 pay-per-view, Roman Reigns defeated WWE Legend John Cena to retain his Universal Championship via clean pinfall. After the match, Reigns stood tall over a lying Cena, and proceeded to mock him with the “You Can’t See Me” hand gesture when Brock Lesnar’s music hit the arena to send the fans into a frenzy.

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Brock Lesnar then confronted Reigns and indicated that he’s coming for the Universal Title. Reigns left the ring opting to leave the fight for another day. Meanwhile, the returnee took on his frustrations on the fallen Cena who digested multiple German Suplexes. He was then finally planted with a devastating F-5 from his long-time rival.

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Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar could happen at Crown Jewel 2021

A report from WWFOldSchool then claimed that WWE is planning to do a match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar for the title at their Crown Jewel 2021 pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia in October. This would be WWE’s return to the middle-east country since February of last year and that night is going to be a grand one.

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Hence, the assumption is that The Tribal Chief vs. The Beast Incarnate will be the main event of the show. But then again, the PPV is two months away, with the rumored date being October 21. Hence, WWE might just arrange a program between Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor for the Universal Championship at the Extreme Rules 2021 PPV on September 26.

In more news to the match, Wrestling Observer reported that WWE was originally planning to do the next installment of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 39 in 2023 since Roman Reigns vs. The Rock is the plan for WrestleMania 38 in 2022. But then Reigns vs. Lesnar was preponed given the returning Saudi show should have a big headliner match.

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Paul Heyman Reveals His Stance After The Return Of Brock Lesnar

Professional wrestling Legend Paul Heyman who is the current manager of the WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns recently talked about what would happen to his alliance with Roman Reigns after the return of the former eight times WWE World Champion Brock Lesnar.

Paul Heyman became famous in WWE as the manager of Brock Lesnar in his early days for the promotion. Brock Lesnar made his WWE debut back in 2002 and he started to be accompanied by Heyman from the very first day of making his WWE debut. This Alliance was quite famous among the fans back in the time.

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Paul Heyman Reveals His Stance After The Return Of Brock Lesnar

If Heyman keeps working with WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns during his feud with Brock Lesnar this would not be the first time Heyman would be working against the Beast Incarnate. The first time Paul Heyman worked against Brock Lesnar was back in the late 2002 when he betrayed Lesnar and formed a partnership with the Big Show. The rivalry is not much remembered but back then it was quite famous.

The stance of Heyman would be really interesting to see when Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar would start a new feud between each other. Of course this is the best feud between the duo so far and the stance of Heyman is one of the biggest attraction of this feud.

Paul Heyman who is the current manager of the WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns recently spoke to Inside The Ropes where he talked about what would happen to his alliance with Roman Reigns after the return of the former eight times WWE World Champion Brock Lesnar. He said;

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“Now that we’ve addressed that, we can discuss the elephant in the room. I spent a majority of the past 20 years as the Advocate for Brock Lesnar.

“After the body of work that Brock and I put together—not just in WWE since 2002, but also writing a best-selling book together, also Brock’s accomplishments in UFC—I was remarkably hesitant to ever appear on camera with anybody again. It is well known that I was working behind the scenes as the Executive Director of Monday Night RAW. It’s well known that I’ve worked behind the scenes with Ronda Rousey.

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“But to be tasked with going on camera and articulating a position for anybody after what Brock Lesnar and I achieved together, I found to be an impossible task. The one human being that I know of that was willing to take on that impossible impossibility is Roman Reigns, and Roman Reigns is so obsessed, consumed with, desirous of becoming the absolute greatest of all time.

“Undisputed, uncontroverted in that designation. He yearns for greatness every micro-moment that he’s on camera. He needs it, he lusts for it. To such a degree that it inspires me.

“So while many would say it is impossible to follow the legacy that was crafted by Brock Lesnar and his Advocate, as Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief, I’m very confident every minute of the day that the goal here is to top it, is to actually pull off something that any rational, sane human being would say can’t be done. I like that challenge—and so does Roman Reigns.”

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