Although he has often been at the center of controversy in his 19-year career, it cannot be denied that Brock Lesnar has become one of the leading WWE wrestlers of any era. The Beast has taken part in the WrestleMania main event four times and has won eight WWE World Championships.
The former Universal champion made his umpteenth return to WWE at SummerSlam on August 21, appearing at the end of the main event between John Cena and Roman Reigns to challenge the latter. The showdown with the 'Tribal Chief' should take place at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia or at the Survivor Series.
During the latest edition of his 'Grilling JR' podcast, the legendary Jim Ross talked about how Brock Lesnar was by no means a wrestling fan when he was hired by WWE back in 2000. 'The Beast Incarnate' spent the first two years of career at Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky.
His main roster debut took place in March 2002, during the episode of Raw following WrestleMania 18.
Jim Ross speaks about Brock Lesnar
"When WWE hired him, Brock Lesnar had no experience whatsoever in professional wrestling," said Jim Ross, who has played a number of roles during his 22 years at WWE.
“He wasn't a wrestling fan, he didn't even watch it on television. He didn't know what a superstar's schedule was and how a WWE athlete's job was done. He would have liked to be called a lot sooner than we did, so I reached a compromise with him.
We made him meet the guys from the main roster so that he could learn to interact with others and understand what was waiting for him. Then we would send it back to the development system in Louisville in the middle of the week, ”he recalled.
Jim Ross immediately realized the enormous potential of the Beast: “Although he had no experience when he was hired, there was no doubt that he would become a champion. He was not afraid of hard work and did everything he could to speed up his learning process”.
Finn Balor and Brock Lesnar had a great match when they last clashed. Now they will face a common foe in Roman Reigns, which means they may be forced to team up to overhaul the numbers. Finn Balor and Brock Lesnar working side by side will also solidify the latter as a babyface, something that needs to be spelled out in bold.
Finn Balor is scheduled to go one-on-one with Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules and we know we're getting a Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar match at some point down the line.