“I Understand Vince’s Apprehensions”- Jim Ross Explains the Aftermath of Brock Lesnar’s Shocking WWE Departure in 2004

Published 03/12/2021, 1:29 PM EST


Brock Lesnar was ‘The Next Big Thing’ when he made his way up the WWE ladder in the early 2000s. Coming in hot during the Ruthless Aggression Era, Vince McMahon pushed this wonder kid to the brink of greatness. 

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Unfortunately, he was pushed over the limit, and it wasn’t long before Brock wanted out. For a man of his age, he was definitely done with the hectic schedule and decided to call it quits from WWE.

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Vince McMahon was certainly annoyed by this decision because of the time and money he spent in building up Lesnar only for it to come crashing down. 

Speaking on Grilling JR, AEW commentator Jim Ross revealed how McMahon reacted to the situation.

Yeah, no different than you would or me or anybody else. You know, bring in somebody, let’s say you brought in Kurt Angle to be on our team. And he’s done a great job of this podcast every week. And then all of a sudden, he decides he’s bored with it. He’s tired of it.

“And you spent money promoting him, gave him a spot, cleared the booking for the show. And it’s hard to get in our lineup when you fit together in an all-star cast,” explained JR. “But it would be so great if you got your top guys that you perceive to be top earners, they just get tired. And this one burned out!”

WWE Owner Vincent Kennedy McMahon (c) flanked by superstars The Undertaker (l) and Brock Lesnar (r) (Photo by Simon Galloway – PA Images via Getty Images)

“So you’re burned out sitting down once a week and shooting the shit. Well, I don’t know what to do for that deal,” said Ross.

Jim Ross himself believed Brock Lesnar was ‘the answer’

Jim Ross, who worked with WWE for decades, understood how bad Vince felt went Lesnar parted ways with the company. McMahon understood what they had just lost, and he himself knew that Brock was a rare talent. 

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“I understand Vince’s apprehensions, and looking at some of the same ones, you know, it was Jerry Brisco now, that found Brock Lesnar at the University of Minnesota and I had a vested interest in this guy, I believed he was the answer,” admitted JR. “And I never backed up from that analogy or that opinion. So, anyway, it’s all good stuff. Brock was a special, special talent.”

Brock Lesnar made an emphatic return to WWE a little less than a decade later and managed to reach the potential Vince always saw in him. During his absence, he also built a successful career in MMA with UFC and truly proved himself in the fight business.

LAS VEGAS – JULY 03: Brock Lesnar reacts after his second round submission victory against Shane Carwin to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 Brock is currently on a hiatus from WWE and has not been seen in the ring since his loss to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36 last year. Now, he has the purpose to return to answer the relentless challenges of the WWE Champion Bobby Lashley. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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