Brock Lesnar

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Brock Edward Lesnar (born on July 12, 1977 in Webster, South Dakota) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his five year career with World Wrestling Entertainment, and his attempt at a career in the National Football League. He is currently working for New Japan Pro Wrestling, and holds their IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

World Wrestling Entertainment

Before entering professional wrestling, Lesnar was an outstanding amateur wrestler and went to the University of Minnesota on a full wrestling scholarship, where he was roommates with WWE's Shelton Benjamin, himself a talented amateur wrestler. Lesnar won the 2000 NCAA wrestling championships as a heavyweight. He finished runner-up in 1999.

In 2000 Lesnar signed with WWE and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for development, where he wrestled in a tag team named the Minnesota Stretching Crew with Benjamin (a reference to the Minnesota Wrecking Crew). During his time in OVW he became known for performing the Shooting Star Press, a move more commonly performed by smaller, lighter wrestlers and rarely by a wrestler of his size. He was trained as a professional by Danny Davis.

In 2002, Lesnar was called up to WWE and was immediately pushed. He debuted on Raw on March 18, 2002, beating down Al Snow, Maven and Spike Dudley.

Lesnar then feuded with the Hardy Boyz. A ruthless Lesnar was seen giving Matt Hardy an F-5 on the steel ramp, which led to an angered Jeff Hardy wanting revenge on Lesnar. The two squared off at Backlash. Lesnar was able to kick out of Hardy's finisher, the Swanton Bomb. A frustrated Hardy went to grab a steel chair, and was about to use it on Lesnar, but he was able counter and managed to plant his own finisher, the F-5. Lesnar was declared the winner when the referee stopped the match as Jeff Hardy lay knocked out in the middle of the ring after receiving three powerbombs. The feud between the Hardyz and Lesnar lasted for a few more months, with Lesnar always ending up victorious.

Undisputed Championship

He won the King of the Ring tournament as well as the WWE Undisputed Championship at the main event of Summerslam after he defeated The Rock. Lesnar, at age 25, was then the youngest WWE Champion ever (he still is technically the youngest WWE Champion ever, but Randy Orton is the youngest world champion in WWE history, having won the World Heavyweight Championship at 24). Lesnar was soon drafted and remained on SmackDown!. Because of this the WWE Undisputed Championship was renamed to WWE Championship. He later turned face when the Undertaker befriended him. He lost the championship in November at the Survivor Series pay-per-view to The Big Show.

After winning the Royal Rumble match in January 2003, he regained the championship in the main event of WrestleMania XIX from Kurt Angle. His attempt at the Shooting Star Press, which he had never performed before on WWE TV, failed, as Angle was too far from the ring post and Lesnar under-rotated on the back flip, causing him to land almost directly on his head, stunning him and forcing Angle to improvise the finish. The incident coined the term "to Brock", which means to botch the biggest move in the biggest match, or to double-clutch on the top rope. Angle later turned face by befriending Lesnar, but Lesnar turned heel again by turning on Angle.

During this storyline, the reason why Lesnar turned on Angle was because of his obsession when he lost the WWE championship to him in a triple threat match which also featured then Smackdown! star and then heel Big Show. He was dubbed by Vince McMahon as the "real" Brock Lesnar. Lesnar then started attacking numerous faces. He first beat Brian "Spanky" Kendrick to a bloody pulp in a match. Later Zack Gowen, who had an artificial leg due to cancer, was in a match against Lesnar in Gowen's home town. Lesnar physically broke Gowen's real leg in front his little brother and scared mom. Later Lesnar kidnapped a wheelchaired Gowen and pushed him off some steps. Lesnar and Angle traded the championship back and forth once, before Lesnar lost it to Eddie Guerrero at February 2004's No Way Out event.

Post-WWE career

National Football League

After his final underwhelming match with Goldberg at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar sidelined his career in WWE to pursue a career in the National Football League. After playing in a few pre-season games for the Minnesota Vikings, Lesnar was eventually cut from the team. Lesnar had suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident during the summer of 2004, which along with lack of football practice prevented him from performing well enough to remain in a Vikings practice squad position. He declined to accept an invitation to play as a representative of the Vikings in the World League. He made no attempts to sign with an AFL team. Lesnar is listed as a free agent in Madden NFL '06.

Lawsuit with World Wrestling Entertainment

Lesnar had previously signed a no-compete clause in order to be released from his contract with WWE, which prohibited him from working for any other sports entertainment or mixed martial arts companies before 2010. Lesnar had anticipated leaving wrestling entirely, but his inability to secure a career in professional football led to him challenging this ruling in court. WWE responded by demanding damages as a result of Lesnar allegedly breaching the agreement by appearing at a New Japan Pro Wrestling show in 2004. In July 2005, the two sides dropped their claims and entered negotiations to renew their relationship. Recently, WWE had offered Brock a contract, but on August 2, 2005, WWE's official website reported that Lesnar has withdrawn from any involvement with the company. The lawsuit was entered into settlement on September 21 2005 and the documents regarding the case were declared sealed. The date for the settlement conference was set for December 15 2005.

New Japan Pro Wrestling

On October 8 2005 Lesnar won the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match at a New Japan Pro Wrestling show in the Tokyo Dome, which included the then-champion Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono. He won the match by pinning Masahiro Chono after an F-5, which he had renamed "The Verdict", since WWE owns the trademark on the F5 name. After the match he stated that this name was referring to his lawsuit against WWE. The match was his first pro wrestling match since leaving WWE. The fact that this occurred before the settlement conference is considered odd.

In wrestling

Previous managers

Finishing and signature maneuvers

Personal life

Lesnar has one daughter with an ex-fiancée, Nicole. He left his fiancée to start a relationship with Sable, to whom he was also briefly engaged before they separated in 2005.

Lesnar has numerous tattoos. His hobbies include football and soccer, arm wrestling and bodybuilding.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Most Improved Wrestler Award (2002)
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year Award (2002)
    • PWI Feud of the Year (2003) versus Kurt Angle
    • PWI Match of the Year (2003) versus Kurt Angle

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