Brock Lesnar almost quit before his WWE debut



by NOMAN RASOOL

Brock Lesnar almost quit before his WWE debut

Brock Lesnar faced frustration before making his WWE television debut and contemplated quitting the company. In 2000, WWE signed Lesnar, a former NCAA Heavyweight Freestyle Wrestling Champion with no prior experience in professional wrestling.

Lesnar trained at Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in Louisville to prepare for his new career. At OVW, Lesnar was amidst a remarkable training class that would go down in wrestling history. He honed his skills alongside John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista (Dave Bautista), and Shelton Benjamin, among other talented individuals.

These five men would later make their WWE TV debuts in 2002. During the "Ruthless Aggression" era, WWE prioritized thorough training for their talents before placing them on television. To meet this standard, Lesnar, much like Kurt Angle before him, participated in dark matches before TV tapings.

These matches were not televised and took place before Raw or Smackdown started. Lesnar committed to this routine for several months, awaiting his eventual debut. Assisting Lesnar in his journey was Paul Heyman, who accompanied him during his WWE Raw debut, as Vince McMahon desired Heyman to be Lesnar's manager or advocate.

However, the road to the debut was challenging. Heyman recently revealed in an interview with Rick Rubin that Lesnar had grown immensely frustrated with the delays, considering he was already an impressive 24 years old (23 at the time) and ready for the main roster.

At one point, the frustration reached a boiling point, prompting Lesnar to return to his hometown in Minnesota, threatening to quit if he wasn't given a chance.

Embracing Opportunity: Lesnar's WWE Breakthrough

Lesnar told WWE that they should call him whenever they were ready to use him.

He believed he had nothing left to learn in Louisville and was eager to take the next step in his career. Fortunately, WWE recognized his potential and eventually set the stage for his monumental WWE Raw debut on March 18th, 2022, following WrestleMania.

Fast forward 21 years and Brock Lesnar has evolved into an iconic figure in WWE, destined for a well-deserved spot in the Hall of Fame. Despite turning 46, Lesnar remains a dominant force in the ring. On Raw, he recently accepted Cody Rhodes' challenge for a highly anticipated SummerSlam match on April 5th in Detroit.

Brock Lesnar's journey from a frustrated newcomer to a legendary wrestler is a testament to his determination and talent. His impressive wrestling career has left an indelible mark on the industry, and fans eagerly anticipate every moment he graces the squared circle.

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