Brock Edward Lesnar was born on July 12, 1977 in Webster, South Dakota. He was an
accomplished amateur wrestler, finishing his amateur career as a two-time NJCAA
All-American, 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American,
two-time Big Ten Conference Champion, and the 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion
with a record of 106–5 overall in four years of college. Brock then gained
prominence in WWE, where he was a three-time WWE Champion. After leaving WWE in 2004, Lesnar pursued
a career in the NFL. He played during the preseason for the Minnesota Vikings.
Lesnar returned to professional wrestling at the end of 2005, and joined New
Japan Pro Wrestling, where he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. In 2007 Brock started a career in Mixed
Martial Arts and won the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship. In december of 2011 Brock announced his retirement from the sport.
He returned to WWE in april 2012.
There was a lot of speculation during WrestleMania 31 that Brock did a “blade job” and cut himself open when they did the ring post spot. Here’s a GIF which appears to show a referee handing a blade off to Roman Reigns, presumably so Reigns could give it to Lesnar when he got back in the ring.
If this is true, it would likely mean Vince McMahon allowed the blade job, something WWE has generally been against for years now. [credit: WrestlingInc]
We begin with the man who walked into Wrestlemania as the champion, but did not leave with the title belt, Brock Lesnar. He does the Brock Bounce as he walks to the ring with Paul Heyman.
Paul introduces himself and he introduces his client, Brock Lesnar, the most non-PG ass kicker of the PG era. Paul wants to get it out of the way. What happened last night at Wrestlemania? His client laid a beating on a Samoan badass the like of which no one had ever seen before at Wrestlemania. His client took his hand, put them on the number on challenger for the title and did nothing but suplex, suplex, suplex, suplex, suplex, suplex him right through the canvas.
Paul reminds us that his client called it ‘Suplex City . . . Bitch’. Now Brock Lesnar is bitchslapping Roman Reigns all over the ring and what happens? This Samoan, whose predecessors was eating human flesh was eating the pain and he was smiling at Brock saying he would give it back to you.
Paul says Roman can sink or swim on his own, but Brock Lesnar almost respects Roman Reigns. Kid, ya got a long way to go. Then Brock got bored and hungry. He wanted to go out for dinner. He F-5s Roman . . . and out comes slimy disgusting little Seth Rollins, who cashes in Money in the Bank and makes it a Triple Threat. He curb stomps everyone and earns a pinfall on the challenger, not the champion and scurries away the least deserving WWE Champion of anybody’s lifetime.
Paul mentions that his father was a prominent New York attorney and he has advised his client of his rights. Paul says he can go to court and get the result reversed and then have the title held up for months.
Brock thinks that all lawyers are scumbags so Brock will not file an injunction, go to court, or tie up WWE in litigation. Brock wants to invoke his rematch clause. Paul says that he has been authorized that the rematch will not happen at SummerSlam, next year’s Wrestlemania, Extreme Rules, or any other time. It is being invoked right now.
Stephanie McMahon comes out and she says everyone is so ready to move past Wrestlemania. She asks everyone if last night was unbelievable. They set a new attendance record. She tells Brock it was one of the greatest main events she ever saw. He took it to Roman Reigns. From the look of things, Roman Reigns took it to you too.
Stephanie tells the crowd if they want to chant, they won’t hear her answer about the rematch.
Stephanie mentions that Seth Rollins had to go to New York and appear on the Today show because he is the WWE Champion. Brock would have mad that appearance if he was champion. Seth is still in the air. When he gets here, he will show that he is a proud ambassador of the WWE Title. He will be up for the challenge.
Paul says that he will give everyone a spoiler. Tonight, for the first time in over a decade, his client is going to wrestle live on Monday Night Raw. His client will deliver a beating to Seth Rollins. After the beating, he will pin or tap out Seth Rollins. Paul will proclaim that the new reigning champion of the world Brock Lesnar.
Brock paces in the locker room and Paul tells Brock . . . He’s Here.
Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) versus Seth Rollins (with Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
The referee wants to take the title belt from Seth, but Seth goes to the floor and he says that he just spoke with Stephanie McMahon. Seth says he is feeling kind of jet lagged. He says that his foot kind of hurts from curb stomping you and Roman Reigns last night.
Seth says that he is a fighting champion and he will give Brock his rematch . . . but not tonight.
Brock goes after Seth and he throws him down and Brock clotheslines Rollins on the floor. Lesnar rolls Rollins into the ring and Rollinslands on his feet on a German suplex. Rollins with an enzuigiri and Lesnar does not move.
Rollins tries to escape and Lesnar stops him. Brock gets Seth on his back but Joey and Jamie stop Brock and Brock destroys them while Seth goes into the crowd.
Brock kills the announce table and throws Joey and Jamie over the other one.
Brock grabs Michael Cole and Paul tries to tell him not to kill him. Brock gets Cole up and hits an F-5. Brock attacks the ringside cameraman and he gets him on his shoulders for an F-5, but Stephanie tells Brock to put him down.
Stephanie says that Brock will get his rematch. She tells Brock he is a civilian, but Brock does not care and he gives the cameraman an F-5.
Stephanie tells Brock that he is suspended indefinitely.
We survey the damage that Brock caused.
Brock picks up another person and gives them an F-5.
Brock has had enough and he walks to the back while the medical staff surveys the damage.
Match Number Seven:WWE World Heavyweight Title Match: Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) versus Roman Reigns
Reigns goes after Lesnar but Lesnar runs Reigns into the corner. They exchange punches and Lesnar with a German suplex. Lesnar gets Reigns on his shoulder and he hits an F-5, but Brock is bleeding. Brock with knees to the midsection and he punches Reigns. Reigns with a fisherman’s suplex that sends Reigns across the ring. The referee checks on Reigns.
Reigns with elbows and punches but Brock does not go down on a shoulder tackle attempt. Brock with a second German suplex. Reigns backs into the corner and he is smiling. Brock kicks Reigns in the corner. Lesnar with a belly-to-back suplex and he welcomes Reigns to Suplex City . . . bitch.
Reigns with punches but Brock with a knee and a third German suplex. Reigns continues to smile despite the beating he has taken so far. Brock with knees to the ribs and the referee holds Brock away from Reigns. Brock with his fourth German suplex of the night. Reigns struggles to get back to his feet and Brock returns to the ribs. Lesnar drops Reigns on the top rope and he connects with a series of knees to Reigns’ upper chest. The referee warns Lesnar about his count.
Lesnar with a running forearm that knocks Reigns off the apron and into the ringside barrier. Reigns struggles to get back to his feet but he gets back into the ring. Brock goes for a shoulder but Reigns with a few knees to Lesnar followed by kicks to the chest. Brock blocks a kick and he clotheslines Lesnar off the apron.
Lesnar goes to the floor after Reigns and he punches Roman. Reigns with a knee to the upper chest and then he rolls Reigns back into the ring. Lesnar goes back into the ring and he stands over Reigns. Lesnar with a vertical suplex and Reigns goes to the floor.
Lesnar pulls Reigns back onto the apron and Lesnar with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex back into the ring. Lesnar with an F-5 but Reigns kicks out. Lesnar takes off his gloves and he stands over Reigns. Lesnar slaps Reigns but Reigns wants more. Lesnar slaps him two more times. Lesnar punches Reigns and Reigns is smiling and laughing. Lesnar with a fifth German suplex and he picks up Reigns for a sixth German suplex. Lesnar picks him up again and he gets Reigns on his shoulder for third F-5 and he hits it but Reigns kicks out again.
Lesnar picks up Reigns and pushes him to the floor. Lesnar goes to the floor after Reigns and he picks up Reigns and holds him. Reigns sends Lesnar into the ring post because Lesnar took too much time. Lesnar is bleeding from the forehead. Reigns gets back into the ring. Lesnar rolls into the ring at nine as he struggles to get back to his feet.
Reigns says something to Lesnar and he hits the Superman punch and Reigns is shocked that Lesnar has stayed on his feet. Reigns with a second Superman punch. Lesnar stays on his feet and Lesnar avoids a third one but Reigns with elbows to avoid a German suplex. Reigns with a third Superman punch and then he hits a spear. Lesnar goes into the corner and Reigns with a second spear for a near fall.
Reigns locks up for another Superman punch and Lesnar catches him and hits a fourth F-5 but Lesnar cannot roll over to cover him.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he has the briefcase with him and he wants to get into the match right now.
Rollins kicks Reigns to the floor and he sets for Black Out on Lesnar and he hits it. He goes for a second one but Lesnar catches Rollins and Reigns with a spear to Lesnar and Rollins pins Reigns.
MMAJunkie recently interviewed UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier. He spoke about Brock not returning to the UFC:
“Any guy that’s ever fought at heavyweight, or fought around heavyweight, the idea of Brock Lesnar coming back – to your checkbook is like Christmas because you want to be the guy that actually gets to fight Brock Lesnar. I think Brock actually made the best decision for himself and for his family. He does this at a level that no one else can. He’s as good of a professional wrestler as I’ve seen in a long time. This is where he belongs. He’s a great professional wrestler, he’s a great performer, as he was an unbelievable fighter.
“Wanting to watch Brock as a fan was kind of selfish because he was so good and he wasn’t healthy. So, the chance to get to see him healthy was intriguing. But, for Brock Lesnar and his family and his kids, this is the best decision.”
“As a fan, I wanted to see him fight. If he’s healthy, the chance to get to see him compete healthy was a lot and I wanted to see that. But, I also, as a fan I like watching him in the ring. He’s a great performer. So, either way was going to be good for me. Just the chance to see Brock doing something means a lot.”
IGN recently interviewed the 1 behind 21-1, Paul Heyman. Here’s what he said about Brock:
IGN: With WrestleMania, how exciting is it for you to have Brock going in as the champion?
Heyman: Well, this is really Bock Lesnar’s rightful place. He is a once in a lifetime athlete and a once in a lifetime performer and a once in a lifetime attraction in this industry. This is clearly his time. There is no one like Brock Lesnar, not in WWE or UFC or Mixed Martial Arts, so you like to walk into a situation saying “I’m so blessed. I’m so fortunate. What an honor it is to be…” To be blunt with you, I don’t think there’s any other place for Brock Lesnar to be but on top.
IGN: Brock beating Undertaker last year was such a huge deal. What was it like to feel the impact of what that meant to the industry and to the fandom?
Heyman: The moment that we were told that WrestleMania was going to feature Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, the first thing going through my mind was, “Okay, once we beat the Undertaker, what’s the follow up? Where do we capitalize on that momentum?” I never saw anything different than Brock Lesnar beating the Undertaker. There’s nothing that would have happened last year that would take away from the original 21 and 0. No one will ever eclipse that streak. Not Brock Lesnar, not John Cena, not any superstar that’s coming up the pike is going to get to 21 and 0. It’s just an impossibility. So at the same time, we’re looking at Brock Lesnar, walking into his prime both as an athlete and as an attraction and clearly this was the one to be the one in 21 and 1.
IGN: What was it like for you seeing Brock re-sign with WWE this week? Obviously everyone was wanting to know what was going to happen with his future.
Heyman: I was ready for Brock to make any decision that Brock deemed appropriate. So if Brock’s desire was to go back and fight in the UFC then I would be riding his coattails that way. If Brock decided he wanted to slam dunk a basketball and get into the NBA and mow down the competition, then I was going to pick up that game real fast. He decided to stay here and set records both on subscriptions to the network or pay per view buys or ticket sales for major events in WWE, I’m happy to ride his coat tails here as well.
IGN: As you said, Brock is a unique presence in this industry. Some like the mystique around him and some people wish they could see him more and think we don’t see him enough as the champ. What do you feel about the fact that he makes his presence known every once in a while?
Heyman: I hate repeating myself but, I said it once impromptu on television, and I think the argument holds water today… And this is a Jewish kid saying this, but what’s the most beautiful night of the year? It’s Christmas Eve. It’s when everyone gathers around the tree and the fireplace and grandma and grandpa get to give the kids presents and the kids get to receive presents. “We love you, Junior,” “We love you too Grandma and Grandpa.” And the whole family is together and it’s in the spirit of love and celebration and family and unity and humanity. Well if it’s that great, why don’t we do it 365 nights a year? Because it would lose it’s meaning. It would defeat the purpose. It wouldn’t be special and you’d start taking it for granted. No one takes a Brock Lesnar match for granted because there’s only going to be a select few, in the future, that you’re able to watch. Why would we take away from the novelty, from the exclusivity, from the extraordinary opportunity that the audience is offered when they get to see a Brock Lesnar match?
IGN: Given what you said about both Brock and Roman, safe to say you feel their match will be the one to top them all this weekend?
Heyman: My personal desire in this match is for Brock Lesnar to make this match the defining moment of his championship run. His first WrestleMania title defense ever and the declarative statement that he is the Beast, he is the conqueror and he has conquered the WWE universe like no one else has ever even dared to dream of doing in the past.