He went from amateur wrestling to pro wrestling (sports entertainment) in 2000. Given his athletic background and look, Lesnar quickly thrived. He was pushed in the early 2000s as a big deal, however he would opt out of the company with interest elsewhere. He returned in 2012 and nobody has been booked stronger since. He’s officially the longest reigning champion and he’ll forever be remembered as the one to end The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak.
What might be even more intriguing is who Brock Lesnar really is behind the scenes. During the Stone Cold Podcast, he stated that he clocks in and clocks out these days, rarely talking to the new talent. He might be bluffing; as you’ll see in this article, he has respect for some of the current faces in the company. However, we’ll also look at the flip side documenting his troubled relationships of both the past and present.
Enjoy the article folks and like always, be sure to share it with a friend. Let’s get started as we look at eight wrestlers who felt Brock Lesner’s heat in real-life and eight wrestlers he likes. We begin with some old school beef between Brock and a certain WWE veteran. Here we go, folks!
16 Heat – Matt Hardy
Oh yes, we've got some old school heat with this one. During Brock’s prime run with SmackDown in the early 2000s, he had some heat during a brief angle with Matt Hardy. Matt was using in a new Version 1 gimmick, however Lesnar showed no interest in giving Matt any sort of upper hand during their program together.
It caused tension and things got even worse during a botched chair shot by Matt. Hardy accidentally clocked Lesnar in the head. Brock was irate backstage and it is reported that McMahon himself stopped things from getting ugly backstage. Ironically, both are on the same show these days, though Brock appearances are few and far between in 2018.
15 Likes – Roman Reigns
With these two facing off so many times, one has to believe that they at least developed a level of respect for one another. We also saw the lighter side of the two during a dinner prior to the WWE’s show in Saudi Arabia. During the footage, we saw a playful Brock laughing and pointing the L sign towards Roman. We didn’t see Reigns’ reaction but surely, it must have been met with a smirk.
Roman has also discussed the fact that he enjoys getting in the ring with Brock due to the physicality involved in the bouts. Not everyone feels that way as you’ll see throughout this article.
14 Heat – Braun Strowman
From the fans to Vince behind the scenes, you knew something went wrong during the Universal Title Triple Threat match at the Royal Rumble. Braun Strowman looked to be a little too eager early on. He was working way too fast and he caught Lesnar with a brutal stiff shot to the head. Lesnar replied with a terrible jab to the ear of Braun. It was a very real shot that was met with a “slow the f--- down”.
Vince loved the real moment and it was replayed several times during the match. However, Brock was none too pleased and Braun felt his heat with a devastating hook.
13 Likes – Cesaro
Once again, we got a special behind the scenes glimpse at who Brock really is during the Saudi Arabia show. If one is to buy into the rumors, you would expect Brock to be isolated backstage or even, appear just mere hours before the show. However, that wasn’t the case and he was spotted kicking around a soccer ball just before the show. It’s truly hilarious to watch.
One of the surprising names seen kicking the ball with Brock is Cesaro. Orton and Sunil Singh were also among those around. It has led to speculation that these two might have a mutual respect for one another, especially due to the fact that they were and are, Paul Heyman guys. We’ll call this one speculation for now.
12 Heat – Jim Cornette
Back in his earlier days, Cornette was among those in charge of Brock. Lesnar started off with OVW and was labelled as a big deal immediately. Early on, he took part in a dark match that saw Cornette’s wife serve as the valet for the team Disciples of Synn. She was supposed to take a bump by Brock in the match, though Cornette demanded Brock be gentle.
That didn’t happen and it led to a massive rift backstage. Jim was furious, even threatening to use a firearm against Lesnar. The situation was pretty bad though in the end, it didn’t affect Lesnar’s future in the slightest.
11 Likes – CM Punk
Due to the bond of joining the UFC, these two developed a mutual respect for one another. Punk even contacted Lesnar for some advice prior to his first UFC bout. Punk had nothing but good things to say about the exchange and he admitted that Lesnar could be a lot nicer than people think;
“Right at the beginning, [Lesnar] was excited about it. He offered to help. He said, ‘Bug me any time you want, I’ll answer all the stupid questions you got,’ and then he gave me some advice. Brock’s a nice guy when he wants to be.”
You can expect Lesnar back in the octagon really soon. As for Punk, given his second defeat, it’ll have to take place outside of the UFC if he is to continue.
10 Heat – Finn Balor
WWE hinted at Balor against Lesnar. Many thought this was to take place at the Rumble. Heyman even cut a promo alongside Finn hinting at the match taking place. However, it was not to be. Now this is only speculation but given the fact that Brock is hands-on when it comes to opponents, perhaps he turned down the match due to Finn’s smaller look.
We know that Vince felt that way. Finn was brushed aside from the encounter at the Rumble and instead, Balor was replaced with both Braun Strowman and, wait for it, the Big Red Machine Kane! Seriously, how did Kane make the match and not Finn?
9 Likes – Samoa Joe
During the program between Brock and Joe, it was apparent that Lesnar had respect for Joe. Rarely do we see a wrestler get the better of Brock and that happened a couple times during their feud. It was reported that Lesnar thought highly of Joe as well.
Stone Cold discussed Brock having respect for Joe and how apparent it was during their work;
"Man, I think Brock is such a great business guy and I think there's mutual respect there. And I think that Paul E. probably loves Joe. And I just think, yeah, they're trying like hell to help get this guy over to the next level. Joe has done a great job of getting himself over and just going down that road of the intensity level that I wanted to see from Joe."
8 Heat – Chris Jericho
You have to love Chris Jericho for stepping up and facing the beast behind the scenes. Jericho isn’t afraid to step in when he feels as though something isn’t right, just ask Bill Goldberg who was on the wrong end of a scrum between the two. Now approaching the beast wasn’t the smartest thing but you understand why Jericho did what he did. He recalls the backstage encounter following Brock and Randy’s SummerSlam match;
“When I see a friend of mine lying in a pool of his own bl**d, whether it’s a work or not, that’s real. That’s a real concussion that he suffered. So I wanna go check and see if he’s okay. I said something and he said something, next thing you know we’re nose-to-nose yelling at each other and it diffused fairly quickly.”
7 Likes – Goldberg
Clearly, there is a mutual respect between these two and that’s especially true given the fact that it was Brock’s idea to lose to Goldberg at Survivor Series. It was supposed to be a one-off match. However, Lesnar wanted a long-term story with Goldberg.
Bill has nothing but good things to say about Brock as well. When asked about the real-life Brock, his answer raised lots of eyebrows;
"I know it's hard to believe this, but Brock is a caring person underneath all that big giant monster's body," said Goldberg. "The relationship he has with his sons parallels my relationship with my son, and I think Brock may have understood what I was going through. Maybe he put himself in my position, saw a little bit of himself later in life in me, and saw how much this meant to me. For that, I can never repay Brock."
6 Heat – Randy Orton
As we stated earlier, things went south behind the scenes following Brock’s match with Randy at SummerSlam. Orton wasn’t very happy about the match either;
"The fact that I had a concussion and was out for three weeks and wasn't able to do anything pissed me off," Orton said. "We say this a lot in the back when someone gets hit harder than intended, we knew what we were signing up for. It's a rough sport. It's a rough business and very physical. A few more people need to respect how things can go sour out there," he added.
Randy was also pleased with Jericho stepping up backstage. Orton appreciated that the veteran was looking out for his best interest. For what it’s worth, Randy’s family sat ringside during the beat down.
5 Likes – Stone Cold Steve Austin
Imagining Brock working a podcast is unthinkable, however, due to his respect for Steve Austin, he accepted the invitation on his show. Despite past differences which included Austin walking out of the company due to not wanting to lose against Brock on Raw, those issues are clearly in the past. Heck, Lesnar even stated that he understood Austin’s reasons.
Out of the ring, the two share so much in common and that includes a passion for hunting and yes, beer drinking. They also live on similar properties with Austin enjoying his ranch life while Brock lives on a farm in Saskatchewan.
4 Heat – Dean Ambrose
WrestleMania 32 was a forgettable one for both Brock and Dean. Lesnar looked completely uninspired during the build up to this match. Ambrose was fighting an uphill battle throughout the process as well. Dean recalls the difficulties in working with Lesnar;
"Artistically, Brock didn’t want to do anything, if we’re going to be perfectly honest. Brock’s gonna Brock. He’s all about Brock. I had a vision for that match to be the craziest thing imaginable. You know what I mean, and I was trying to pitch everything to everybody and had every idea. I put so much effort in and so much work in, and other people did too, and I was met with laziness."
3 Likes – Ronda Rousey
These two have a mutual respect for one another. They were also caught in an exchange a couple of years ago. The photo shows Brock alongside the UFC’s Four Horsewomen, Lesnar is all smiles in the photo. He was, without a doubt, a positive part in Ronda signing a deal with the company.
Links between the two have been made since Rousey signed a WWE deal. Fans want Ronda to be booked in the same regard as Brock. Instead, that hasn't happened and she’s often cutting her own promos. Perhaps once Lesnar leaves and joins the UFC again, Heyman will decide to join Rousey as her mouthpiece.
2 Heat – Shane McMahon
It is still unknown whether or not this was a work. However, tensions grew backstage following Brock’s victory against Roman Reigns. According to the Wrestling Observer, Lesnar was none too pleased throwing the Universal Title and getting into it with Vince. It is reported that Shane stepped in for his dad and that the two almost got physical.
It might have been a work to draw more heat on Brock and add to Roman’s momentum. Clearly, it hasn’t worked as Roman continues to draw boos while Lesnar is still the champion. We might see a riot at the Barclays Center if Vince books this match once again for SummerSlam.
1 Likes – The Undertaker
In terms of respect, it doesn’t get any higher than Brock’s feelings towards The Undertaker. In fact, Lesnar initially turned down being the one to break the streak, not feeling comfortable with the decision. Undertaker forced the issue and Lesnar became teary eyed backstage watching the aftermath backstage on the monitor.
The very next year, we saw another emotional exchange between the two as Lesnar pumped Undertaker up just prior to his match against Bray Wyatt. You’ll never see Lesnar go out of his way for anyone, it just shows how much The Deadman means to him. When Undertaker decides to call it a career, we might see Lesnar in attendance as a sign of respect to the legend.