5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Brock Lesnar!
Brock Lesnar is without a doubt one of the most recognizable figures in sports entertainment. He was instantly a star when he debuted in the WWE in 2002 and went on to win multiple championships. However, there are some things about Brock that are controversial, and not great for the company’s public image.
- Before stepping into the ring, Brock Lesnar was an amazing amateur wrestler. He won the NCAA Division 1 heavyweight championship in 2000 and was a two time NCAA All-American among other accolades. In his four years of college, Lesnar obtained a 106-5 record. Due to his extreme talents, he was headhunted by the WWE. Despite never watching pro-wrestling or knowing anything about the industry, Lesnar agreed to a 250,000 dollar contract and was signed to the WWE development system.
- Since Brock Lesnar signed with the WWE after leaving the UFC, he has been considered a part-time wrestler. He made his current status very clear in an interview saying that nowadays he simply “clocks in and clocks out”. He also said that he doesn’t know most of the wrestlers in the WWE today and has no interest in getting to know the new talent.
- He treats his WWE career as a regular job. Lesnar simply states that he does his job and goes home, nothing more.
- In 2001, Brock Lesnar was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky for purchasing a large number of anabolic steroids. Lesnar was however let go after it was determined that the substance he had purchased was a legal form of growth hormones. Lesnar’s lawyer even went further claiming that the growth hormones were actually just vitamins, but that is not confirmed. In the end, the charges were dropped and taken off Lesnar’s record. Though steroid use was never confirmed, Brock did admit to an addiction to prescription pain killers and alcohol. Lesnar said that he would drink a bottle of vodka per day and take hundreds of Vicodin pills per month to relieve pain in his neck, back, and knees. This led to Brock admitting he is missing 2 years of memory during his WWE career. The cause of this? He said these addictions stemmed from the exhaustion of traveling and the stress of his career. Brock is actually lucky to be alive considering the substances he was abusing.
- When Brock wanted to leave the WWE, he agreed to sign a non-compete clause that prohibited him from working in any other wrestling organization for a few years. Lesnar and the WWE ended up in court over this issue as Lesnar appeared in a New Japan wrestling. The two sides later tried to settle out of court, but Lesnar turned down those terms and eventually won his freedom to wrestle in Japan. He would go on to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his very first match.