In a recent revelation, Zach Gowen, a former WWE star, shared an inside look at Brock Lesnar's backstage demeanor. Gowen, who squared off against Lesnar in 2003, opened up about his interactions with the renowned wrestler during an interview with Chris Van Vliet.
Gowen's stint with WWE began in May 2003, notably aligning with "Mr. America," a masked Hulk Hogan. This alliance swiftly put Gowen in opposition to Vince McMahon, culminating in a showdown at WWE Vengeance. During his time in WWE, Gowen notably teamed up with Lesnar and Kurt Angle in a tag team match against The Big Show and The World’s Greatest Tag Team, composed of Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin.
A significant moment in their history occurred on August 19, 2003, when Gowen faced Lesnar in a highly publicized singles match on WWE SmackDown. This feud, recognized for its intensity, was later featured in a WWE Top 10 segment in 2019.
Lesnar's Dual Persona Reflecting on his experiences, Gowen shared a contrasting view of Lesnar, noting a stark difference between his on-camera persona and off-camera character. “On camera, he was a very mean man to me, but off camera, he was incredibly sweet.
I have a deep respect for Brock Lesnar. He’s exactly the kind of person I resonate with - straightforward, genuine, and completely devoid of any hidden agendas,” Gowen remarked. Gowen's journey with WWE concluded in February 2004 following his contract release, which he attributes to his own professional shortcomings.
Looking ahead, Brock Lesnar is slated to make a comeback to WWE for the Royal Rumble season, with the highly anticipated event scheduled for January 27, 2024. His prowess in the ring has been recently lauded by John Cena, who described Lesnar as “extremely underrated”.
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