Brock LesnarFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBrock LesnarLesnar at a Raw show in 2012.Ring name(s) Brock LesnarBilled height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Billed weight 286 lb (130 kg) (current)295 lb (134 kg) (2002–2004)Born July 12, 1977 (age 35)Webster, South Dakota, USAResides Alexandria, Minnesota, USABilled from Minneapolis, MinnesotaTrained by Ohio Valley WrestlingDebut October 2000Brock Edward Lesnar(/ˈlɛ znər/; born July 12, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, actor,former mixed martial artist, professional football player, and amateur wrestler,signed
with WWE.He is also a former UFC Heavyweight Championand an accomplished amateurwrestler, winning the 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling championship and placing second in 1999after losing to Stephen Neal.Lesnar gained prominence in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) from 2002 to 2004, where he isa former three-time WWE Champion, becoming the youngest WWE Champion at age 25 with his firstreign. Lesnar was the 2002 King of the Ring and the winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble.Afterleaving WWE, Lesnar pursued a career in theNFL.He played during the preseason forthe Minnesota Vikings, but ended up being a late cut.Lesnar returned to professional wrestling atthe end of 2005, and joined New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he won the IWGP HeavyweightChampionship in his first match.He was officially stripped of the title by NJPW in July 2006, andtook the physical belt with him to Inoki Genome Federation (IGF), where he was still recognized asIWGP Champion until June 2007.Lesnar started a career in MMA and won his first fight in June 2007.He then signed withthe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in October 2007. He lost his UFC debut against Frank Mir,but defeated Heath Herring in his sophomore fight. He subsequently captured the UFC HeavyweightChampionship from Randy Couture on November 15, 2008, then avenged his loss to Mir at UFC100 to become the Undisputed Champion. After being sidelined from fighting in late 2009 dueto diverticulitis, Lesnar returned to defeat the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion ShaneCarwin at UFC 116. Lesnar lost the Heavyweight belt against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. He wasonce again stricken with a bout of diverticulitis in May 2011 and had surgery to try to cope with theailment.Lesnar returned at UFC 141 in December 2011, where he lost to Alistair Overeem andpromptly retired from the UFC.In April 2012, Lesnar returned to WWE.Contents[hide]1 Early life2 Professional wrestling careero 2.1 World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (2000–2004) 2.1.1 Training and debut (2000–2002) 2.1.2 Main event status (2002–2003) 2.1.3 Departure (2003–2004)o 2.2 New Japan Pro Wrestling (2005–2007) 2.2.1 Lawsuito 2.3 Return to WWE (2012–present)3 National Football League (2004–2005)4 Mixed martial artso 4.1 Heros (2007)o 4.2 Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2011)5 Other media6 Personal life
7 Mixed martial arts record8 In wrestling9 Championships and accomplishmentso 9.1 Collegiate wrestlingo 9.2 Mixed martial artso 9.3 Professional wrestling10 Filmographyo 10.1 Televisiono 10.2 Video games11 See also12 References13 External linksEarly lifeBrock Lesnar was born in Webster, South Dakota. He attended Webster High School in Webster,where he had a wrestling record of 33–0–0 in his senior year.Lesnar admits he graduated last of54 students in his class.Lesnar later attended the University of Minnesota on afull wrestling scholarship for his junior and senior years of college; his roommate was fellowprofessional wrestlerShelton Benjamin who served as Lesnars assistant coach.Lesnar won the2000 NCAA wrestling championship as a heavyweight after placing second in 1999.Prior to joining the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Lesnar wrestled at Bismarck StateCollege in Bismarck, North Dakota.Lesnar finished his amateur career as a two-time NJCAA All-American, 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big TenConference Champion, and the 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion with a record of 106–5 overall infour years of college.Professional wrestling careerWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (2000–2004)Training and debut (2000–2002)In 2000, after leaving college, Lesnar signed up with the World Wrestling Federation. He was sent toits developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. There, he formed a tag team known as "TheMinnesota Stretching Crew" with his former college roommate, Shelton Benjamin. Lesnar andBenjamin won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on three occasions.He wrestledseveral dark matches in 2001 and 2002 before being called up to the main roster.Lesnar debuted on WWF television on the March 18, 2002 episode of Raw, the nightafter WrestleMania X8, coming through the crowd and attacking Al Snow, Maven, and SpikeDudley during the course of a match. He was accompanied by Paul Heyman, who was seen givinginstructions to Lesnar.When the brand extension was introduced in the WWF, Lesnarwas drafted to the Raw brand.Later, Heyman was confirmed to be Lesnars agent and gave Lesnarthe nickname "The Next Big Thing".Brocks first feud was with theHardy Boyz. Lesnar and JeffHardy squared off at Backlash in Lesnars first official televised match.He won the match by
knockout after Hardy was unable to respond to referee Theodore Long.The next nighton Raw Lesnar faced off against Matt Hardy, defeating him in the same fashion.At Judgment Day,Lesnar once again gained the upper hand on the Hardy Boyz before tagging his partner, Heyman, into make the pin.Main event status (2002–2003)Lesnar at a WWE show in 2003.In June 2002, Lesnar won the King of the Ring tournament, defeating Rob Van Dam in the finalround.This victory earned him a shot at the WWE Undisputed Championship atSummerSlam.OnJuly 22, Lesnar joined the SmackDown! brand.After a quick feud withHollywood Hulk Hogan inAugust 2002, Lesnar began feuding with the Undisputed ChampionThe Rock.Lesnar faced RobVan Dam at Vengeance for the Intercontinental Championship. He lost the match by disqualification.In the main event of SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated The Rock, albeit with the use of a steel chair andoutside interference from Paul Heyman, to become the WWE Undisputed Champion.With hisvictory at age 25, Lesnar became the youngest WWE Champion in history (a record that waspreviously held by The Rock and stands to date).With the WWE Undisputed Championship beingdefended on both brands, RawGeneral Manager Eric Bischoff expected Lesnar to be able to returnto Raw the following night. However, SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon announcedthat Lesnars contract only required him to defend the title on SmackDown!, forcing Bischoff toestablish a new world championship for his brand. With the new World HeavyweightChampionship on the Raw brand, the now disputed WWE Undisputed Championship simply becameknown as the WWE Championship.Lesnars rapid rise to the top of WWE in 2002 led to a feud with The Undertaker, which involved amatch at Unforgiven.It ended in a double disqualification leading to Lesnar retaining the title. Thenext month, at No Mercy, he faced The Undertaker again, this time in a Hell in a Cellmatch. Leadingup to the match, Lesnar broke the Undertakers hand with a propane tank.Despite Heyman begging
McMahon not to let The Undertaker use his cast as a weapon, the request was denied and the matchwent on as planned.In a match that saw both wrestlers and even Heyman covered in blood, itended when Lesnar reversed an attempted Tombstone piledriver into his finishing F-5 maneuver forthe win.Six days after his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker, Lesnar successfully retainedhis WWE title in a Handicap match with Heyman at the Rebellion pay-per-view against Edge.Lesnars next opponent was The Big Show. Heyman was convinced more than anyone that Lesnarcould not win, trying to talk him out of defending the title.Lesnar refused and lost the championshipin Madison Square Garden at the Survivor Series pay-per-view to Big Show, Lesnars first pinfall lossin WWE. When the champion tried to pin the 500-pounder following an F-5, he was betrayed byHeyman who pulled the referee out of the ring allowing Big Show to capitalize by chokeslammingLesnar on a steel chair. Show went on to pin Lesnar and win the title. As a result, Lesnar becamea fan favorite.Following Survivor Series, Heyman made it clear that Lesnar would not get arematch, even going so far as to sneak a special clause in his contract.In order to gain his revengeon Big Show and Heyman, Lesnar interfered in his first title defense, which came against KurtAngle the next month at Armageddon. Lesnar hit the F-5 on the champion, which enabled Angle topin him and win the title. On the next edition of SmackDown, however, Angle introduced Heyman ashis manager and, despite promising Lesnar a title shot earlier in the evening, declared that Lesnar stillwould not get it. Lesnar was beaten down by Big Show and Angle after the main event, but the formerchampion got his revenge after the show went off the air. While getting attacked again and berated byHeyman, Lesnar recovered and began to fight off both men. He eventually clotheslined Big Show outof the ring and then knocked him out with a steel chair when he returned, leaving Angle alone withLesnar. Lesnar then chased the champion, who had escaped to the outside, and resumed his assaultthat culminated when Lesnar used the F-5 to propel Angles right knee into the steel ringpost. Asparamedics tended to a screaming Angle, Lesnar finished off the assault with a kneebreaker on theringside barricade, (kayfabe) breaking the champions leg.With Angle temporarily put out of action, Lesnars rivalry with Heyman and the Big Show resumed,which culminated in a match at theRoyal Rumble in January 2003. A spot in the Royal Rumble matchwas on the line, and winning the match was Lesnars only hope for a title shot. Lesnar defeated BigShow to gain entry into the match and entered at #29, the second to last competitor to enter thematch. He eliminated Matt Hardy and Team Angle, which was composed of the debuting (at thetime) Charlie Haas and his former OVW teammate, Shelton Benjamin who were mentored by theWWE champion. Lesnar made it to the final two, with the only remaining entry being a returningUndertaker who entered the match last. Lesnar went on to win the match by eliminating Undertaker,which now guaranteed him a title match at WrestleMania XIX.Lesnar suffered a concussion after botching a shooting star press atWrestleMania XIX.
After the Royal Rumble, Lesnars feud with Angle, Heyman, and their allies continued as Angleretained the title at the Rumble by defeating Chris Benoit. Lesnar and Benoit faced off against Angle,Haas, and Benjamin at No Way Out the following month and Lesnars team won the match. Thishelped to forward the feud leading into the main event at WrestleMania.During the match, Lesnarattempted and botched a shooting star press, a move typically done by cruiserweights but a moveLesnar knew how to perform, having done so in developmental matches. However, Lesnaroverestimated the distance he could jump to execute the move. As a result, he did not get enoughrotation on his leap and instead of landing with his body on top of Angles, Lesnar jammed his headand neck by hitting Angles side and ribcage. This stunned Lesnar and forced Angle to improvise thefinish of the match. Lesnar suffered a severeconcussion from the botched move, but still managed topin Angle after an F-5 to win his second WWE Championship.The rivalry ended after this, as Anglewas forced to undergo neck surgery and missed several months.After WrestleMania Lesnar turned his attention to John Cena, who had returned from injury inFebruary 2003 and who had been F-5d into a ringpost in the same manner Angle had been. Cenaclaimed Lesnar nearly ended his career and even named his new finishing move the "FU" as a jab atthe new champion.The feud ended relatively quickly in a match at Backlash when Lesnar defeatedCena. On the following SmackDown, Lesnar returned to his rivalry with Big Show after he injured ReyMysterio badly during their match at Backlash. Shows attack resulted in Mysterio being carried out ona stretcher and back board and Big Show took Mysterio off the stretcher and swung the back boardinto the ringpost, compounding the injury.Lesnar called out the Big Show, who demanded thatLesnar put his title on the line against him. This led to a Stretcher match at Judgment Day for the title.Lesnar successfully retained his title with help from Rey Mysterio and a forklift.During the scriptedrivalry, on SmackDown!, Lesnar lifted Big Show over in a Superplex, which caused the ring tocollapse on impact.As Lesnar and Big Show continued their rivalry, Kurt Angle returned from his neck surgery and he andLesnar began to form a more friendly rivalry, as the two were allies yet contenders for the title. At thefirst ever SmackDown brand-exclusive pay-per-view in July,Vengeance, Lesnar took on Angle andBig Show in a No Disqualification Triple Threat match for his title, which ended after Angle hit hisAngle Slam on both Big Show and Lesnar, pinning the champion to become WWE Champion for afourth time.Lesnar and Angle after their WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XIX
Lesnar continued to chase Angles title, however, despite their friendship. Vince McMahon found hisway into the angle, at first berating Lesnar, who had involved himself in McMahons rivalry with ZachGowen, for losing to Angle. This all turned out to be a huge swerve that came into focus on theAugust 7, 2003 SmackDown in Kelowna, British Columbia. That night, Lesnar and McMahon were toface each other in a steel cage match with Angle as the special guest referee as per McMahonsorders on the previous weeks program. During the course of the match, Lesnar had passed out dueto a staged backstage incident and McMahon was set to pin him but Angle refused to allow McMahonto win that way. As the two men began to argue, Lesnar rose to his feet, revealing the ruse to thecrowd, and F-5d Angle. He then brutally beat Angle in the cage while McMahon watched, andcelebrated with the owner of the company afterward, turning heel in the process.At SummerSlam,Lesnar lost to Angle when Angle made Lesnar tap out to the ankle lock.Afterthat, Lesnar began brutalizing smaller wrestlers and attacking his rivals on a more consistent basis.He returned to using the F-5 to propel his opponents legs into the ringpost, as he did to Spanky andGowen, and interfered in Angles matches on two separate occasion.On September 18, 2003, Lesnar received his third shot at Angle in as many months when he facedthe champion in a sixty-minute Iron Man match for the title in what went down as one of the greatestmatches in the history of SmackDown.Lesnar employed an early strategy where he assaulted thechampion with a steel chair early in the match, getting himself disqualified to lose the first fall butallowing himself a chance to do a fair amount of damage. Lesnar won the next three falls by hittingAngle with the F-5 and pinning him, putting Angles own ankle lock on him and forcing him to submit,and then getting Angle counted out after hitting a second F-5 on the floor. Angle recovered to pin thechampion after an Angle Slam, but Lesnar won two additional falls by first leveling him with thechampionship belt while the referees back was turned and then hitting a superplex from the top. Thatmade it five falls to two in favor of the challenger with the match more than halfway over. In the finalten minutes of the match, Angle moved to within one fall after a pin and a submission with the anklelock. For the final two minutes of the match, Lesnar tried to dodge Angle by leaving the ring onseveral occasions. Angle finally caught the champions with 1:12 left and hit a series of Germansuplexes, keeping Lesnar locked up for nearly 45 seconds. Lesnar, however, was able to hold on tothe referee and kicked Angle below the belt with :35 left. However, since Lesnar was still holding theofficial he was not disqualified, and with nineteen seconds remaining Angle appeared to be out of it.However, Lesnar fell into a trap set by the champion and Angle locked in the ankle lock again. Thistime, Angle applied a grapevine hold to the lock, wrenching hard on Lesnars ankle for the final fifteenseconds of the bout. However, Lesnar was able to withstand the hold for the remaining time and as aresult, by a final count of five falls to four, won the match and his third WWE Championship.With Angle finally out of his hair for the first time in nearly a year, Lesnar returned to feuding with TheUndertaker. Lesnar had previously cost Undertaker the title in a match against then-champion KurtAngle, which granted him a shot at Lesnars title.At No Mercy, Lesnar defeated Undertaker ina Biker Chain match.However, the rivalry came to an end when Undertaker instead chose to focuson McMahon.After Paul Heyman returned to WWE as general manager of SmackDown, Lesnar aligned himselfwith his former manager. Since he had also since been aligning himself with his former rival The BigShow for several weeks after his betrayal of Angle, this brought Lesnar almost full circle from the yearprior, where Heyman and Big Show had conspired with each other to rid Lesnar of his title.With Survivor Series coming up, Lesnar decided to challenge Angle to a traditional Survivor Serieselimination tag team match, with Lesnar picking four additional wrestlers and Angle doing the same.Lesnar chose Big Show as his first pick, with Heyman adding a returning Nathan Jones and a
debuting Matt Morgan to bring the team number to four. Angle, in the meantime, chose Chris Benoitand The APA to join his team. However, Faarooq was injured during a match with Lesnar and BigShow and Angles team was forced to not only find a replacement for him, but to fill the fifth spot.Lesnars team picked A-Train to fill that spot for them after he attacked John Cena, who refused toaccept an invitation to join Lesnars team. Cena instead joined Angles team, and Angleadded Hardcore Holly as the fifth member; Lesnar had injured Holly the year before and he hadntwrestled since.In the climax of the match, Chris Benoit became the second person to make Lesnartap out.Lesnar faced Benoit in a singles bout two weeks later for the WWE Championship on SmackDown!,where Lesnar won after Benoit passed out to Lesnars debuting Brock Lock submission hold.Hethen began a brief feud with Hardcore Holly, defeating him at theRoyal Rumble in January 2004 toretain his title.Departure (2003–2004)Lesnar demonstrating his strength during a Smackdown taping in February 2004.The Survivor Series event marked the first time Lesnar met Goldberg from the Raw brand, a man towhom Lesnar had been compared due to their similar physiques and undefeated streaks in wrestling.Lesnar claimed in a backstage interview that he could beat anybody in the world, leading to Goldberginterrupting the interview and introducing himself to Lesnar, shaking hands with him before leavingwith a staredown.Lesnar followed this rivalry with a feud involving Hardcore Holly.In thestoryline, Holly wanted revenge on Lesnar forlegitimately injuring his neck during a previous matchbetween the two in 2002 which left Holly in need of neck surgery and out of action for a year. Atthe Royal Rumble in 2004, Lesnar defeated Holly to retain the WWE Championship.Later in theRoyal Rumble match, Lesnar attacked Goldberg and delivered an F-5, enabling Kurt Angle toeliminate him.In February, Lesnar faced Eddie Guerrero for the title at No Way Out. Goldberg interfered in thematch and was able to help Guerrero turn the tide in the match. Lesnar still had his chance to win bynailing an F-5 onto his title belt that Lesnar brought into the ring, but Guerrero countered with a DDTto drive the champion into the belt. After a frog splash, Guerrero pinned Lesnar to win the WWEChampionship. An angry Lesnar then began feuding with Goldberg, blaming him for losing his title,and a match was set up between the two at WrestleMania XX.During the feud with Goldberg,Lesnar was at odds with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was shown suggesting to Goldberg that heattack Lesnar at No Way Out.When Lesnar attacked Austin onRaw and stole his four-wheeler,Austin was inserted as the special guest referee for the Wrestlemania match.Behind the scenes, itwas widely known that the match was Goldbergs last in WWE.Only a week beforeWrestlemania, rumors surfaced that Lesnar, too, was leaving to pursue a career in the NationalFootball League.As a result, Lesnars match with Goldberg became a fiasco as the fans
at Madison Square Garden jeered and heckled both wrestlers vociferously.Goldberg gained victoryafter delivering a Jackhammer to Lesnar and both men subsequently received Stone ColdStunners from Austin.New Japan Pro Wrestling (2005–2007)On October 8, 2005, Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match ata New Japan Pro Wrestling show in theTokyo Dome, which included the then-champion KazuyukiFujita and Masahiro Chono.He won the match by pinning Masahiro Chono after an F-5, which hehad renamed the Verdict, since WWE owns the trademark on the F-5 name.After the match, hestated that this name was referring to his lawsuit against WWE. The match was his first pro wrestlingmatch since leaving WWE.Lesnar is one of the few American wrestlers to have held this title.On December 6, WWE filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent Lesnar fromcontinuing to work with NJPW, but the court did not grant it, and thus Lesnar had two non-titlevictories against Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata.Lesnar successfully defended hischampionship on January 4, 2006, against former champion Shinsuke Nakamura.On January 13,WWE once again filed an injunction against Lesnar to stop him from defending the IWGPHeavyweight Championship on March 19. Evidently this was not enforced (nor granted), as he wenton to have a tag team match with Shinsuke Nakamura against Akebono and Riki Chōshū at the SumoHall on February 19, which was won after a Verdict to Chōshū.On March 19, at the Sumo Hall,Lesnar retained his championship against former Sumo Wrestling Grand Champion Akebono whenLesnar hit him with the championship belt and aDDT.Lesnar went on to successfully defend histitle against the winner of the New Japan Cup, Giant Bernard, on May 3, 2006, in Fukuoka. This wasthe first American vs. American title match in NJPW since Vader vs. Stan Hansen in 1990.On July 15, 2006, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that Brock Lesnar would no longer bereturning to defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship due to "visa issues" and had been strippedof the title. A tournament was held on July 16 to determine the new champion, which was wonby Hiroshi Tanahashi, the man Lesnar was originally scheduled to face. Lesnar continued to possessthe physical IWGP Championship belt until late June 2007.Approximately one year later on June 29, 2007, Lesnar defended his IWGP HeavyweightChampionship (IGF promoter Antonio Inoki had stated he still viewed Lesnar as the "proper" IWGPChampion, as he was not defeated for the title) against TNA World Heavyweight Champion KurtAngle in a champion versus champion match. Angle defeated Lesnar with the Ankle lock to win theIWGP Heavyweight Championship as recognized by IGF and TNA.and challenged him toan MMA fight.This was Lesnars last match as a professional wrestler until 2012 when he re-signedwith WWE.LawsuitLesnar had previously signed a no-compete clause in order to be released from his contract withWWE, which prohibited him from working for any other sports entertainment or mixed martial artscompanies before June 2010. Lesnar had anticipated leaving wrestling entirely, but his inability tosecure a career in professional football led to him challenging this ruling in court.WWE respondedby demanding damages as a result of Lesnar allegedly breaching the agreement by appearing ata New Japan Pro Wrestling show in 2004.In July 2005, the two sides dropped their claims andentered negotiations to renew their relationship.WWE had offered Lesnar a contract, but on August2, 2005, WWEs official website reported that Lesnar had withdrawn from any involvement with thecompany.The lawsuit was then entered into settlement on September 21, but talks brokedown.
On January 14, 2006, Judge Christopher Droney stated that unless WWE gave him a good argumentbetween then and January 25, he would rule in favor of Brock Lesnar, giving him a summaryjudgment. This would have enabled Lesnar to work anywhere, immediately.WWE was latergranted a deadline postponement.On April 24, World Wrestling Entertainment announced on theirofficial website, WWE.com, that both parties had mutually come to a settlement and on June 12, afederal judge dismissed Lesnars lawsuit against WWE after both parties requested for the case to bedismissed.Return to WWE (2012–present)Brock Lesnar faces off with John Cena after his return in April 2012.Brock Lesnar returned to WWE on the April 2, 2012 episode of Raw, confronting John Cenaandattacking him with an F-5.The next week, General Manager John Laurinaitisrevealed that hesigned Lesnar to bring "legitimacy" and become the "new face of the WWE", before also announcingthat Lesnar would face Cena at Extreme Rules, with theExtreme Rules stipulation later added to thematch.Ultimately, Lesnar ended up losing the match to Cena.The following night on Raw, WWEs Chief Operating Officer Triple H refused to give in to Lesnarsunreasonable contract demands, resulting in Lesnar attacking Triple H and breaking his arm witha kimura lock.The next week, Paul Heyman made his return as Lesnars legal representativeand claimed that Lesnar was quitting WWE.Heyman later announced a lawsuit against WWE forbreach of Lesnars contract.At the No Way Out pay-per-view in June, Triple H challengedLesnar, who was not present, to a match atSummerSlam,which Lesnar continuallyrefused,until Stephanie McMahon goaded Heyman into accepting on Lesnars behalf on July 23at Raw 1000.On August 19 at SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Triple H in a No Disqualificationsmatch via submission after once again breaking his arm with the Kimura lock.The following nighton Raw, Lesnar crowned himself the new King of Kings and touted that he would be departing, hisvictory of Triple H displaying that he had conquered everything in the WWE.Lesnar returned to Raw on January 28, 2013, confronting Vince McMahon, who was just secondsaway from firing Paul Heyman. Despite Heymans pleas, Lesnar hit McMahon with an F-5,effectively breaking McMahons pelvis.The following week, during The Mizs MizTV talkshow, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero revealed herself as the one who signed Lesnar to anew contract to impress Vince McMahon. Afterwards, Lesnar came out and attacked The Miz.Onthe February 25 episode of Raw, Lesnar once again attempted to attack McMahon, only to get into abrawl with a returning Triple H which resulted in Lesnar having his head split open and requiring 18stitches.The following week, Triple H issued a challenge to Lesnar, requesting a rematch with himatWrestleMania 29, which Lesnar accepted but only after Triple signed a contract and Lesnar namedthe stipulation.The following week, after Triple H signed the contract and assaulted Heyman, the
stipulation was revealed as No Holds Barred with Triple Hs career on the line.Lesnar ended uplosing the match after Triple H hit him with a Pedigree onto the steel steps.On the April 15 episodeof Raw, Lesnar attacked 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, and Jinder Mahal) before Paul Heymanchallenged Triple H to face Lesnar in a Steel Cage match at Extreme Rules.National Football League (2004–2005)Brock LesnarNo. 69Defensive tacklePersonal informationDate of birth: July 12, 1977 (age 35)Place of birth: Webster, South DakotaHeight: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)Career informationHigh school: Webster High SchoolCollege: MinnesotaUndrafted in 2004No regular season or postseason appearancesCareer historyMinnesota Vikings (2004)**Offseason and/or practice squad member onlyCareer NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2004Games played --Tackles --Sacks --After his final match at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar sidelined his career in WWE to pursue a career inthe National Football League.This move upset many in WWE, as the company felt they had
invested heavily in Lesnar. World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed Lesnars departure on theirofficial website WWE.com by the following statement:Brock Lesnar has made a personal decision to put his WWE career on hold to prepare to tryout forthe National Football League this season. Brock has wrestled his entire professional career in theWWE and we are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best in his new endeavor.Lesnar later told a Minnesota radio show that he had three wonderful years in WWE, but had grownunhappy and had always wanted to play pro football, adding that he did not want to be 40 years oldand wondering if he could have made it in football. In an interview about starting with the NFL, Lesnarmade the following statement:This is no load of bull; its no WWE stunt. I am dead serious about this... I aint afraid of anything, and Iaint afraid of anybody. Ive been an underdog in athletics since I was 5. I got zero college offers forwrestling. Now people say I cant play football, that its a joke. I say I can. Im as good an athlete as alot of guys in the NFL, if not better... Ive always had to fight for everything. I wasnt the best technicianin amateur wrestling. But I was strong, had great conditioning, and a hard head. Nobody could breakme. As long as I have that, I dont give a damn what anybody else thinks.Lesnar played for the Minnesota Vikings, where he created controversy in some games by startingminor fights and got heat from theKansas City Chiefs for a sack on quarterback Damon Huard, whichdrew a big response from the crowd.Huard was hit hard and had to go to the sidelines and sit out afew plays.After playing in the preseason, Lesnar ended up being a late cut.He declined aninvitation to play as a representative of the Vikings in NFL Europa because he wanted to be closer tohome with his family.Mixed martial artsBrock LesnarBorn Brock Edward LesnarJuly 12, 1977 (age 35)Webster, South Dakota, United StatesResidence Alexandria, Minnesota, United StatesNationality AmericanHeight 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight 266 lb (121 kg; 19 st 0 lb)Division HeavyweightReach 81 in (206 cm)
Style WrestlingStance OrthodoxFighting out of Alexandria, Minnesota, United StatesTeam DeathClutch GymTrainer Head Trainer: Marty MorganCoach: Erik PaulsonBoxing: Peter WelchJiu-Jitsu: Rodrigo MedeirosWrestling NCAA Division I WrestlingYears active 2007–2011 (MMA)Mixed martial arts recordTotal 8Wins 5By knockout 2By submission 2By decision 1Losses 3By knockout 2By submission 1Other information
University University of MinnesotaSpouse Rena MeroMixed martial arts record from Sherdoglast updated on: September 5, 2011Heros (2007)On April 28, 2006, Lesnar appeared inside the ring after the final match of K-1 Heros Las Vegas andannounced his intent to join the MMA promotion. He trained with Minnesota Martial ArtsAcademy under Greg Nelson, and University of Minnesota Assistant Head wrestling coach MartyMorgan.Brock Lesnar announced on August 12 in Las Vegas that he had signed a deal with theK-1 promotion.His first fight was scheduled for June 2, 2007, on the K-1 Dynamite!! USA showagainst Choi Hong-man of Korea.However, prior to the match, Choi Hong-Man was replacedby Min Soo Kim. Lesnar submitted Min Soo Kim due to strikes in 1 minute 9 seconds of the first roundto win his first official MMA match.Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2011)During UFC 77, it was announced that Brock Lesnar had reached a deal to fight with theUltimateFighting Championship (UFC).On February 2, 2008, Lesnar made his debut with the promotion inan event titled UFC 81:Breaking Point against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, FrankMir.Lesnar secured an early takedown, but was deducted a point for hitting Mir on the back of thehead. Following another takedown by Lesnar, Mir managed to secure a kneebar and force asubmission at 1:30 of the first round.Due to the large size of his hands,Lesnar was wearing4XL gloves for the fight, making him the second man in Nevadas combat sports history to wear suchgloves after Choi Hong-man.At UFC 82, it was announced that former UFC HeavyweightChampion and UFC Hall of Fame inductee Mark Coleman would fight Lesnar at UFC 87:Seek andDestroy.Coleman was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a training injury, and Lesnarsopponent was changed to Heath Herring.In the early seconds of the first round, Lesnar droppedHerring with a straight right. For the rest of the fight, Lesnar kept the fight on the ground and went onto win by unanimous decision.Lesnars next opponent was Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship atUFC91:Couture vs Lesnar on November 15.Lesnar beat Couture via a technical knockout in Round 2,becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion.On December 27, 2008, at UFC 92, Frank Mir defeated Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira for the InterimHeavyweight title and was to face Lesnar for the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC98. Immediately after winning the Interim Heavyweight title, Mir found Lesnar in the crowd andshouted at him "Youve got my belt."However, due to a knee injury to Mir, the title unification match with Lesnar that was originally slatedto be the UFC 98 main event was postponed. The news broke during the broadcast of UFC 96 thatthe bout had been cancelled and was replaced by Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida for the UFCLight-Heavyweight Championship."Lesnar won the postponed rematch with Mir at UFC 100 onJuly 11, 2009, via Knockout after dominating his opponent for the duration of the bout. The winearned Lesnar Beatdown of the Year honors from Sherdog for 2009. Its an award he shares
with Anderson Silva after his win over Forrest Griffin.During his post-match celebration,Lesnar flipped off the crowd who had been booing him. He made a disparaging comment about thePPVs primary sponsorBud Light, claiming they "wont pay me nothin", promoting Coors Light instead.He then stated he might even "get on top of [his] wife" after the show. He later apologized for hisremarks at the post-fight press conference, where he held a bottle of Bud Light.In January 2009, Brock Lesnar signed a supplement endorsement deal with Dymatize Nutrition. A CDcontaining training footage of Lesnar was included with boxes of Dymatize Xpand and EnergizedXpand.On July 1, 2009, it was reported that the winner of the Shane Carwin vs. Cain Velasquez fight at UFC104 would face Brock Lesnar in his second title defense; however, the UFC then reconsidered thecontendership bout and Lesnar was scheduled to defend his belt against Shane Carwin at UFC106 on November 21.On October 26, 2009, it was announced that Lesnar had pulled out of the UFC 106 card in which hewas set to face Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight Championship due to anillness. UFC President Dana White said that Brock had been ill for three weeks, claiming he hadnever been this sick in his life and that it would take him a while to recover; his fight with Carwin wasrescheduled forUFC 108 in early 2010.Lesnar initially sought treatment in Canada, but later toldreporters that he had received "Third World treatment" from malfunctioning equipment at a hospitalin Brandon, Manitoba, and that seeking better medical treatment in the United States saved his life.Lesnar, who describes himself as a conservative and a supporter of the US Republican Party, wenton to criticize Canadian-style health care further and said that he shared his experience in an effort tospeak "on the behalf of the doctors in the United States that dont want health care reform to happenand neither do I."On November 4, it was confirmed that Lesnar was suffering from mononucleosis and that his boutwith Carwin would have to wait a bit longer, thus the fight for UFC 108 was cancelled.OnNovember 14 at the UFC 105 post-fight conference, Dana stated, "Hes not well and hes not going tobe getting well anytime soon." and that an interim title match might need to be set up.In addition tomononucleosis, it was revealed that Lesnar was suffering from a serious case of diverticulitis, anintestinal disorder, which required surgery.After further diagnosis, on November 16 Lesnarunderwent surgery to close a perforation in his intestine that had been leaking fecal matter into hisabdomen, causing pain, abscesses, and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contractedmononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnars system, the surgeon estimated that theintestinal condition had been ongoing for around a year.In January 2010, Lesnar announced on ESPN SportsCenter that he was scheduled to make a returnto the UFC in the summer of 2010.A match between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin took place onMarch 27 at UFC 111 to determine the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, and Brocks nextopponent.Shane Carwin defeated Frank Mir by KO in the first round, becoming the new InterimChampion. After the fight, Brock came into the ring and stated "It was a good fight, but hes wearing abelt thats a make believe belt, Ive got the real championship belt."Lesnar faced Shane Carwin at UFC 116 to unify the heavyweight titles.After Carwin knocked himdown early in the first round, Lesnar survived a ground and pound attack. Early in the second round,Lesnar was able to take Carwin down, attain a full mount, then move into side-control and finish thefight with an arm triangle choke. With the victory, Lesnar again became the Undisputed UFCHeavyweight Champion, earning his first UFC Submission Of The Night and giving Carwin his firstloss.
Lesnars next defense was against undefeated top contender Cain Velasquez on October 23, 2010, atthe Honda Center in Anaheim, California at UFC 121.Dana White announcedvia SportsNation that the UFC would bring back UFC Primetime to hype up Lesnar vs. Velasquezat UFC 121.Lesnar was defeated by Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship via TKOin the first round atUFC 121 on October 23, 2010.On January 11, 2011, it was revealed that Lesnar would be one of the coaches of The UltimateFighter Season 13, opposite Junior dos Santos,with the two expected to face each other on June11, 2011 at UFC 131.Lesnar, however, was struck with another bout of diverticulitis and had towithdraw from the bout on May 12, 2011.He was replaced by Shane Carwin who lost against dosSantos at UFC 131.Lesnar underwent surgery on May 27, 2011, to help battle his problems with diverticulitis. UFCpresident Dana White said that Lesnar had a 12-inch piece of his colon removed.ESPN The Magazine, in its May 2011 issue, did a story listing the highest paid athlete based on basesalary and earnings for the most recent calendar year or most recent season in 30 sports. BrockLesnar topped the list for mixed martial artists at $5.3 million, which included his reported boutsalaries and estimated pay-per-view bonuses.In the summer of 2011 Lesnar announced that he was ready to get back into the Octagon, stating that"I feel like a new man, healthy, strong, I feel like I used to feel."His return match was scheduled to be at UFC 141 on December 30 in Las Vegas against formerStrikeforce heavyweight championAlistair Overeem.Lesnar had to cut weight for the fight in orderto meet the 265 lb weight limit and entered the Octagon with a potential title shot at the newchampion Junior dos Santos for the match victor.During the match, Overeem targeted hisopponents midsection and was able to land several strikes before delivering a powerful kick thatdropped Lesnar to his knee and left him prey to a barrage of punches resulting in the referee stoppingthe fight and declaring Overeem the winner via TKO at 2:26 of the first round.After the defeat,Lesnar announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, mentioning his struggleswith diverticulitis and saying "tonight was the last time youll see me in the octagon".UFCPresident Dana White commented that while he wasnt aware of the decision, Lesnars decision toretire was not a surprise to him.Other mediaLesnar makes an appearance in the video game WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain which isnamed after the quote that former WWE commentator Tazz attributed to Lesnar, "here comes thepain."Other video games in which Lesnar has appeared includeWWE SmackDown! Shut YourMouth, WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Crush Hour, WWE Raw 2 Madden NFL 06, UFC 2009Undisputed, UFC Undisputed 2010, PlayStation 2 version of Wrestle Kingdom, WWE 12, and WWE13.With the release of UFC Undisputed 2010 Lesnar became the first man to appear onthe cover of a WWE and UFC video game as he was the cover star on Here Comes the Pain.Lesnar was on the cover of Flex Magazine.Lesnar was featured in Minneapolis City Pages inFebruary 2008.In February 2008 Lesnar was featured on the cover of Muscle &Fitness magazine.WWE Home Video released a DVD in 2003 titled Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain. The DVDcovered Lesnars career up to 2003 which featured some of his biggest matches. Lesnar owns anMMA clothing line called "DeathClutch".
Personal lifeLesnar grew up on a farm in South Dakota, and later joined the National Guard at the age ofseventeen.In January 2001, Lesnar was arrested for receiving large amounts of what was allegedto be steroids. The charges were later dropped when it was discovered the substances were in fact alegal growth hormone. His lawyer later described the growth hormone as a "vitamin type of thing."He is known to be very conservative of his private life and avoids discussing it in interviews:“ Its very basic for me. When I go home, I dont buy into any of the bullshit. Like I said, itspretty basic: train, sleep, family, fight. Its my life. I like it. Ive been in front of the camerasfor 10, 12 years. I was a star at the University of Minnesota. I went on to World WrestlingEntertainment. Wannabe NFL player. And here I am, the UFC heavyweight champion. Ijust dont put myself out there to the fans and prostitute my private life to everybody. Intodays day and age, with the Internet and cameras and cell phones, I just like being oldschool and living in the woods and living my life. I came from nothing, and at anymoment, you can go back to having nothing. ”On December 15, 2011, Lesnar was charged with hunting infractions of a trip to Alberta on November19, 2010. Two charges were dropped during a court appearance in Medicine Hat on December 20,but Lesnar pleaded guilty to the charge of improper tagging of an animal. He was fined $1,725 andgiven a six-month hunting suspension.Lesnar has one daughter, Mya Lynn who was born on April 10, 2002, with his ex-fiancée,Nicole.He left Nicole in 2003 in order to begin a relationship with Rena "Sable" Mero who hadbeen recently divorced from Marc Mero. Lesnar and Mero were engaged in 2004, separated in 2005,then reconciled later that year and married on May 6, 2006.Lesnar has one stepchild with Mero:Mariah, a stepdaughter born to Mero and her late husband, Wayne Richardson.The couple hadtheir first child together, a son named Turk in June 2009.The couple had their second child, a sonnamed Duke in July 2010.Mixed martial arts recordProfessional record breakdown [show]Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location NotesLoss 5–3AlistairOvereemTKO (liverkick &punches)UFC 141December30, 20111 2:26Las Vegas,UnitedStatesAnnouncedretirement afterfightLoss 5–2CainVelasquezTKO(punches)UFC 121October23, 20101 4:12Anaheim,California,UnitedStatesLost UFCHeavyweightChampionship
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location NotesWin 5–1 Shane CarwinSubmission(arm trianglechoke)UFC 116July 3,20102 2:19Las Vegas,UnitedStatesDefended UFCHeavyweightChampionship.Unified UFCInterimHeavyweightChampionship;Submission ofthe NightWin 4–1 Frank MirTKO(punches)UFC 100July 11,20092 1:48Las Vegas,UnitedStatesDefended UFCHeavyweightChampionship.Unified UFCInterimHeavyweightChampionshipWin 3–1RandyCoutureTKO(punches)UFC 91November15, 20082 3:07Las Vegas,UnitedStatesWon UFCHeavyweightChampionship.Win 2–1 Heath HerringDecision(unanimous)UFC 87August 9,20083 5:00Minneapolis,Minnesota,UnitedStatesLoss 1–1 Frank MirSubmission(kneebar)UFC 81February2, 20081 1:30Las Vegas,UnitedStatesWin 1–0 Min-Soo KimSubmission(punches)Dynamite!!USAJune 2,20071 1:09Los Angeles,UnitedStatesIn wrestling
Lesnar delivers an F-5 to John Cena.Finishing movesBrock Lock (Side bearhug) – OVW/ Over the shoulder single leg Boston crab– WWE–2003–2004F-5(Spin-out firemans carry facebuster)Kimura lock – 2012–presentShooting star press – OVWSignature movesBackbreakerDouble or a triple non-release powerbombFiremans carry sitout powerslam – OVWKnee lift to the opponents midsectionMultiple suplex variationsBelly to backDragonGermanOverhead belly to bellySnapSuperMultiple turnbuckle thrustsPowerslamRear naked chokeRunning corner shoulder blockStanding double leg takedownfollowed by mounted punchesor forearms
ManagersPaul HeymanVince McMahonNicknames"The Next Big Thing""The Psycho Viking""War Machine""Ass Kicker""The Monster""The Pain""The Beast""The Freak""The Anomaly""The New King of Kings"Entrance themesWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment"Enforcer" by Jim Johnston(April 8, 2002 – June 3, 2002)"Next Big Thing" by Jim Johnston (June 10, 2002 – March 14, 2004; April 2, 2012 –present)Ultimate Fighting Championship"Shout at the Devil" by Mötley Crüe"Enter Sandman" by Metallica"Nickel Size Hail (And the Damaging Winds)" by Sunny LedfurdChampionships and accomplishmentsCollegiate wrestlingBig Ten ConferenceBig Ten Conference Champion (1999, 2000)Ranked the #1 Heavyweight in the Big Ten Conference (2000)National Collegiate Athletic AssociationNCAA Division I Runner-up (1999)NCAA Division I Champion (2000)North Dakota State Universitys annual Bison tournamentHeavyweight Champion (1997–1999)National Junior College Athletic AssociationNJCAA All-American (1997, 1998)
Junior College National Champion (1998)Mixed martial artsUltimate Fighting ChampionshipUFC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)Two successful title defenses and title unificationsSubmission of the Night (1 time)Tied (Randy Couture; Tim Sylvia) for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses (Two)Only man in UFC history to earn consecutive wins over three reigning UFC championsOnly second fighter in UFC history to win title in his fourth pro fight (after Randy Couture)Only man to ever win the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Championship and the UFC TitleHeadlined two highest PPV events in the UFC history (UFC 100, UFC 116)Headlined four out of six highest PPV events in the UFC historyCover Athlete for UFC Undisputed 2010Wrestling Observer Newsletter awardsBest Box Office Draw (2008–2010)MMA Most Valuable Fighter (2008–2010)Sherdog AwardsBeatdown of the Year (2009)World MMA AwardsBreakthrough Fighter of the Year (2009)Sports Illustrated (SI.com)Top Newcomer of the Year (2008)Inside FightsRookie of the Year (2008)Biggest Draw (2008)Spike Guys Choice AwardsMost Dangerous Man (2009)Professional wrestling
Brock Lesnar as WWE ChampionNew Japan Pro WrestlingIWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)Inoki Genome FederationIWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time, considered a continuation of his reign fromNJPW)Ohio Valley WrestlingOVW Southern Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Shelton BenjaminPro Wrestling IllustratedPWI Feud of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt AnglePWI Match of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle – a 60 minute Iron Man match on SmackDown!, September 16PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2002)PWI Wrestler of the Year (2002)PWI ranked him #1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2003World Wrestling EntertainmentWWE Championship (3 times)1King of the Ring (2002)Royal Rumble (2003)Wrestling Observer Newsletter awardsBest Brawler (2003)Best Wrestling Maneuver (2002) F-5Feud of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt AngleMost Improved Wrestler (2002, 2003)1Lesnars first reign was as WWE Undisputed Champion.Filmography
TelevisionYear Title Role2011 The Ultimate Fighter 13 Himself2011 The Ultimate Fighter 14 HimselfVideo gamesYear Title Role2002 WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth Himself2003 WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain Himself2003 WWE WrestleMania XIX Himself2003 WWE Crush Hour Himself2003 WWE Raw 2 Himself2006 Madden NFL 06 Himself2009 UFC 2009 Undisputed Himself2010 UFC Undisputed 2010 Himself2011 WWE 12 Himself2012 UFC Undisputed 3 Himself2012 WWE 13 Himself
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