Wrestling Origins: Brock Lesnar

Wrestling Origins: Brock Lesnar


Brock Lesnar is truly a beast. He’s one of the most popular WWE superstars
of all time, and his sheer size and strength have helped him become one of the most dominant
wrestlers in history. Despite the recent doping scandal, Lesnar
has proved himself to be a real competitor in the UFC as well. As one of the biggest names in both MMA and
wrestling, along with the fact his big SummerSlam match with Randy Orton is this Sunday, here
is Wrestling Origins: Brock Lesnar! Lesnar was born in Webster, South Dakota,
on July 12, 1977. He was raised on a dairy farm by his parents,
along with his two older brothers and younger sister. He was an athlete from the very beginning,
using his rural surroundings as a jungle gym of sorts. He was a very active child, regularly helping
on the farm, and he actually began amateur wrestling at just 5 years old. At age 17, Brock joined the National Guard,
where he was relegated to a desk job after his colorblindness was deemed a liability. After he lost his job there for failing a
typing test, Lesnar worked in construction. Around this same age, Lesnar attended Webster
High School. There he would play football and compete in
amateur wrestling. Lesnar would finish his high school career
with a 33-0 record in his senior year and two South Dakota state titles. From there, Lesnar would attend Bismarck State
College where he won the National Junior College Athletic Association heavyweight wrestling
championship in 1998, and would soon after transfer to the University of Minnesota. He went there on a full wrestling scholarship
and would continue his amateur wrestling career. Brock would amass quite the record and even
won the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in 2000. By the time Lesnar graduated, he was a two-time
NJCAA All-American, the 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time
Big Ten Conference Champion, and the 2000 NCAA Heavyweight Champion, with a resulting
106-5 record. Immediately following college, Brock Lesnar
was headhunted by WWE. The company convinced Brock to sign with them,
despite him not knowing anything about the industry. Brock said that he mainly took the WWE offer
because he was young and wanted the money. Lesnar would be sent to WWE’s developmental
territory Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he would meet Paul Heyman. Lesnar also formed a tag team with his college
roommate Shelton Benjamin called The Minnesota Stretching Crew. The pair would win the OVW Southern Tag Team
Championships three times during his short time there. Brock also worked matches with guys like Batista
down in OVW. If you didn’t know, the infamous OVW class
of 2002 had quite a few future stars in it such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, and
of course Brock Lesnar. Over the course of 2 years, Lesnar would develop
as a pro-wrestler and even worked a couple dark matches before his debut. Speaking of his WWE debut, Lesnar would make
his first televised appearance for WWE on March 18th, 2002, on RAW. Brock would make his way through the crowd
before attacking Al Snow, Maven, and Spike Dudley. Lesnar was immediately paired with Paul Heyman,
who could be seen giving Brock instructions on what to do. Lesnar’s presence in WWE would become more
official when the brand extension had him drafted to RAW, along with Paul Heyman who
dubbed him “The Next Big Thing”. His first feud would be with the Hardy Boyz. Lesnar would defeat Jeff Hardy in his first
televised match at Backlash, where he won via knockout. He would do the same thing to Matt Hardy the
next night on RAW. The Hardy’s would continue the feud and
had their moments, but were for the most part obliterated by Lesnar. Moving ahead a bit to June of 2002, Lesnar
would win the King of the Ring tournament which earned him a shot at the WWE Undisputed
Championship at SummerSlam. Before that match, Brock moved over to SmackDown
where he would have a quick feud with Hulk Hogan. At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar would defeat the
WWE Undisputed Champion The Rock to win the belt. He became the youngest WWE Champion at age
25, a record he took from The Rock as well. Since this belt was the top title in WWE,
it was expected that Lesnar would be on RAW the next night, but SmackDown GM Stephanie
McMahon declared he would only defend his belt on her brand. For that reason, the title was renamed to
the WWE Championship, while another was created for RAW. Next, Lesnar would feud with The Undertaker,
where to two would battle to a double disqualification at Unforgiven. They would face off again in a Hell in a Cell
match, a match that was one of the bloodiest of the night. Lesnar would retain the title once again. His next feud was against the Big Show, where
after Paul Heyman betrayed him, Lesnar lost the title. This would lead to Lesnar aligning himself
with Kurt Angle, helping Angle win the WWE title from Big Show. However, Kurt would reveal that he played
Lesnar as well, as his new manager was Paul Heyman. This set up a Lesnar vs Angle match at WrestleMania
19 where Brock infamously botched a shooting star press, nearly breaking his neck. However he would be able to finish the match
and win the WWE Championship once again. From there, Lesnar would turn to John Cena
who had been taken out of action by an F-5 into a ring post. This feud would culminate at Backlash 2003
where Cena was defeated. Lesnar’s next feud would be with the Big
Show again. This time it was memorable for the awesome
super-plex that broke the ring on SmackDown. During this same time, Lesnar and Angle would
actually become friends and had a friendly rivalry. This led to a triple threat match at Vengeance
where Kurt Angle emerged victorious. Lesnar would then get involved with Vince
McMahon and his feud with Zach Gowen, the one-legged wrestler. McMahon eventually had a match with Lesnar
where Brock passed out due to a previous backstage incident, but Kurt, the guest referee, didn’t
want Vince to win like that. However, this turned out to be a trick, as
Lesnar would surprisingly rise to his feet to brutally attack Angle, turning heel in
the process. This rivalry would continue through SummerSlam
where Lesnar tapped out to Angle, all the way to September 18th, 2003 where on SmackDown
Lesnar defeated Angle in a 60-minute Iron Man match to win the belt. From there Lesnar would once again align himself
with Paul Heyman after a feud with The Undertaker, where Brock retained his title in a Biker
Chain match. Soon, Lesnar and his team would face Angle
and his at Survivor Series, where Lesnar was forced to submit by Chris Benoit. Brock would get revenge two weeks later by
making Benoit tap out to the Brock Lock. Though the two seemed to have a friendly rivalry
at first, Brock Lesnar would go on to attack Goldberg during the 2004 Royal Rumble. This attack would cost Lesnar, as Goldberg
would then interfere in his match against Eddie Guerrero, causing him to drop the title. This led to a match at WrestleMania 20 between
Lesnar and Goldberg, a true clash of the titans, and to top it, off Stone Cold was the guest
referee. Now, what could have been a great match was
ruined by the fact both men were set to leave WWE after WrestleMania. Goldberg had a ton of issues with WWE, and
rumors began circling that Brock wanted to leave the company to pursue a football career
in the NFL. Turns out, the rumors were true. The headlining match of WrestleMania 20 was
not only a terrible match that didn’t live up to the hype, but fans were absolutely livid
and weren’t afraid to show it. Lesnar would take the loss at WrestleMania,
then proceed to leave WWE. Lesnar would have a brief stint in the NFL,
having a great showing at the NFL Combine. After a slight delay due to injury, Brock
signed with the Minnesota Vikings in July of 2004 and would play a few preseason games
with the team, but was released at the end of August. Skipping forward a bit, Brock Lesnar was involved
in a contract dispute with WWE regarding his non-compete clause. Brock wanted to wrestle for New Japan in 2005,
but his contract wouldn’t allow him to do so until 2010. The two parties would try to settle the issue,
but couldn’t come to an agreement. Brock didn’t care though, as he ended up
joining New Japan and won the IWGP Championship on October 8th, 2005. With the legal battle ensuing in the background,
Lesnar continued to reign as champion in Japan. He would have a notable match against Shinsuke
Nakamura in January of 2006 after defeating other notable opponents as well. He would also defend his belt against Giant
Bernard in May of 2006. However, Lesnar’s reign was cut short as
he was stripped of the title due to “visa issues” which wouldn’t allow him to work
in Japan. Interestingly enough, Lesnar still held on
to the physical IWGP Championship belt until June of 2007. Antonio Inoki billed Lesnar as the “proper”
IWGP Champion and had him defend it against Kurt Angle, to who he lost the belt. In regards to that lawsuit, Lesnar’s case
was heavily favoured in the courts, which led to a settlement in late 2006. Starting in mid-2006, Lesnar would start training
as a mixed martial artist. He would have a single fight in K-1 before
being signed by the UFC, where he would quickly become one of the most dominant heavyweights
the sport had ever seen. He would become UFC Heavyweight Champion and
defeat legendary competitors such as Randy Couture and Frank Mir before leaving the UFC
officially in 2012, when he signed back with WWE after medical issues among other reasons
kept him out of the octagon. Lesnar’s WWE return took place in April
of 2012 where he instantly began a feud with John Cena. This time around, his character had a heavy
MMA-influence as he combined lots of strikes with submissions such as his infamous Kimura,
which broke Triple H’s arm in the storyline. After he decimated John Cena, he began his
feud with Triple H, with Paul Heyman at his side once again. Brock’s WWE contract had him working part
time, thus he rarely made appearances on regular television. Brock defeat Triple H at SummerSlam in 2012,
but would lose to him at WrestleMania 29. The feud would conclude with Lesnar emerging
victorious in a Steel Cage match at Extreme Rules. Following that, Lesnar would attack CM Punk
on behalf of Paul Heyman. Lesnar would defeat Punk at SummerSlam in
a no disqualification match. From there, Lesnar would have a notable feud
with Big Show before challenging The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania 30. In one of the most shocking outcomes in wrestling
history, Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker, ending his legendary WrestleMania streak. After that, the Beast Incarnate would defeat
John Cena at SummerSlam to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after delivering
sixteen suplexes. Lesnar would retain this championship in the
rematch, as well as in a triple threat match featuring Cena and Seth Rollins. He would face Roman Reigns, the Royal Rumble
winner, at WrestleMania 31. Here Lesnar would really cement the “suplex
city” catchphrase by yelling it throughout the match. After both men beat down each other and were
nearly finished, Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and won the title. The next little while was quite until Lesnar
faced Rollins for the championship at Battleground where The Undertaker returned and took Lesnar
out. This led to a rematch between the two where
Undertaker would controversially win after the match was restarted and Lesnar suffered
a low blow. The two would end the rivalry at Hell in a
Cell, where Lesnar convincingly defeated the Deadman. Since then, Brock has been involved in a notable
Triple Threat match against Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, as well as a Street Fight against
Ambrose at WrestleMania 32. Most recently, Brock Lesnar fought at UFC
200 on July 9th where he failed multiple drug tests after the event, and is also set to
face The Viper Randy Orton at SummerSlam 2016. And that’s Wrestling Origins: Brock Lesnar. I hope you guys enjoyed the video. If you did, maybe leave a like and consider
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