Brock Lesnar has often come under criticism during his WWE adventure, which can be broken down into two phases. The Beast had walked away from the ring again last year after WrestleMania 36, in which she was defeated by Drew McIntyre and had to relinquish his title.
Many of the insiders were convinced that the former Universal champion would not return to the ring before 2022, also due to the effects of the global pandemic. Brock, on the other hand, made his sensational return in the final juncture of SummerSlam, the most important pay-per-view of the summer, by launching the challenge to Roman Reigns (who had just beaten John Cena).
The showdown between Lesnar and the 'Tribal Chief' will be staged at Crown Jewel, the highly anticipated show in Saudi Arabia on 21 October. While not being appreciated by everyone, 'The Beast Incarnate' has developed some great friendships within the WWE backstage.
His close connection with five-time WWE Champion Kurt Angle is best known. In the latest edition of his podcast, the former Olympic gold medalist admitted that he only fought Lesnar for money. The two have in fact given birth to a very heated rivalry in the early 2000s.
Kurt Angle on working with Brock Lesnar
"The friendship that existed between me and Brock Lesnar has always led me to avoid any match against him. It was a question of respect” - explained Kurt Angle. "When we received the ideal economic offer, we understood that it was just business and we adjusted.
Many people may not agree with my reasoning, but wrestling is a business and its logic revolves around money. We got into the ring and we faced each other because WWE had offered us the right amount” - he added. Fans especially remember the epic clash between the two at WrestleMania XIX, when Lesnar broke Angle's stubborn resistance to take the WWE title.
While Brock Lesnar is still on the crest of the wave, Kurt Angle has officially retired at WrestleMania 35. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has noted that the current plan is for Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar to have a prolonged feud.
"Right now the plan is to get a lot more time out of Lesnar vs. Reigns than just the Saudi Arabia show, and from the rosters, they need to do that. McIntyre is there, but they also have to elevate other people.' ' stated Meltzer.
Meltzer added that WWE could put the Universal Championship on Brock Lesnar in order to keep his feud against Roman Reigns interesting for a long period of time.