10 things you didn’t know about the former Universal Champion
We all know Brock Lesnar as one of the most feared athletes in WWE and UFC history, but here are 10 things you might not know about “The Beast.”
His idol growing up was Arnold Schwarzenegger
Unsurprisingly given his monstrous strength and bodybuilder physique, Lesnar’s childhood idol was Arnold Schwarzenegger. The ‘The Terminator’ star has his own relationship with WWE, having made numerous appearances and even been inducted into the Hall of Fame’s celebrity wing in 2015.
He was roommates in college with Shelton Benjamin
Lesnar transferred to the University of Minnesota where he would become close friends and roommates with Shelton Benjamin. The two then joined WWE together, being part of the famous “Class of 2002” development with John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista.
Youngest WWE Champion in history
Brock made his debut on the night after the WrestleMania episode of Raw in March 2002. Just over 5 months later he was WWE Champion, defeating the Rock at Summerslam, thus replacing “The Great One” as the than youngest WWE champion. He was only 25 years old.
Part of the only WrestleMania main event to feature two amateur wrestling champions
A year after his debut, Lesnar competed in his first WrestleMania, competing for the WWE Championship against Kurt Angle, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist. This made it the first main event to feature two amateur wrestling champions. , with Lesnar winning the NCAA title in his senior year of college. It’s also the only main event where the two superstars have wrestled under their real names.
Signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2004
Lesnar shocked the wrestling world when he left WWE after WrestleMania 20 in 2004, stating dissatisfaction with the heavy workload and travel, as well as a desire to pursue a football career. He ended up playing in several preseason games with the Vikings before being cut. His failure to make the list was not helped by a motorbike accident a few months prior which resulted in a series of nagging injuries.
The meaning behind the sword tattoo engraved on his chest and belly
Lesnar said when he got inked in 2005, he felt like life was holding a sword to his throat. He never wanted to forget exactly how he felt, so he decided to have a constant reminder, as well as motivation for better times.
The only man to win both the WWE and UFC heavyweight titles
At UFC 91 in November 2008, Lesnar won the UFC Heavyweight Championship, defeating MMA legend Randy Couture in what was only his third fight with the company. This made him the first and only man to win both the WWE and UFC heavyweight titles, further cementing his legacy.
Almost died of diverticulitis
Lesnar’s UFC career began to slow soon after his title win due to a battle with diverticulitis. The disease became so severe that several surgeries were required, the last of which involved removing 12 inches of his colon. The Beast himself said “I felt like I had been shot in the stomach by a shotgun, then someone poured salt and Tabasco in and stirred it with a mean pitchfork. ” A whole description.
He holds the record for most main events at Summerslam
Brock has appeared in the Summerslam main event nine times, four more than any other superstar. After the Rock in his first main event, he reunited with John Cena, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker and most recently Roman Reigns. This record alone shows its box office appeal.
Lesnar is married to none other than ex-WWE Diva Sable (real name Rene Lesnar). The couple married in 2006 and have two sons. Their relationship was never mentioned on WWE programming, likely due to Lesnar’s notorious secrecy and the fact that he didn’t want to ruin his character’s mystique.