The Love and Hate Relationship Between Brock Lesnar and WWE

Published 01/14/2021, 8:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE champion Brock Lesnar is introduced at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar will face former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will take on heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Brock Lesnar is a legend in the wrestling business, who has contributed immensely to the industry and reached the top rather quickly.

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‘The Beast’ entered the wrestling industry in 2002 when Vince McMahon offered him a WWF deal. Initially, he spent his days in the developmental territory at Ohio Wrestling Valley alongside his University roommate Shelton Benjamin.

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They formed a tag team and dominated OVW for a while. Soon afterwards, WWE moved them to the main roster where they performed in the big leagues.

Lesnar appeared on WWE Raw the day after WrestleMania 18, and the crowd knew something big was about to happen. He went onto being known as ‘The Next Big Thing’ in the following months, defeating top stars like Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy, The Undertaker, and The Rock.

Brock Lesnar earned the honor of being the youngest WWE Champion after he defeated The Rock at SummerSlam’s main event.

Brock Lesnar quit WWE in 2004

Between 2002 and 2004, Brock Lesnar had achieved more than any Superstar could expect. He had held titles, created a massive fan following, and was one of the top Superstars working with the company. He had it all.

At Royal Rumble 2004, WWE put Brock Lesnar in a feud with Hardcore Holly. The reason this rivalry caught attention was because the company made ‘The Beast’ feel vulnerable for the first time.

As he was getting done with Holly at Royal Rumble, Eddie Guerrero became his next opponent. Both of them clashed in February 2004, and Bill Goldberg’s interference helped Guerrero take the WWE Championship title from Lesnar.

Finally, Goldberg and Lesnar clashed at WrestleMania 20. WWE failed to make this match a grand success, and Goldberg won.

Soon after, Brock Lesnar left WWE to explore the career possibilities at NFL. Unfortunately, it did not pan out as per his expectations, and he returned to professional wrestling.

WWE and ‘The Beast’ had a long legal battle

The problem was that Lesnar did not return to WWE, but he had to adhere to the non-compete clause from WWE’s contract, which prevented him from competing in a match outside the WWE ring. However, he neglected that and signed a contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

He reached the top almost immediately, but as expected, WWE dragged him to court. The entire court battle between Lesnar and WWE lasted for a while, but he managed to get out of the contract and become a free agent after paying a hefty amount.

LAS VEGAS – JULY 03: Brock Lesnar reacts after his second round submission of 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 Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He continued to work with New Japan Pro Wrestling till 2007.

Brock Lesnar’s time as a free agent

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Coming to 2020, reports announced that Brock Lesnar and WWE failed to come to terms for a new contract. As a result, he had become a free agent.

However, if Vince McMahon ever needs him, Lesnar will be there and vice versa.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE champion Brock Lesnar is introduced at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar will face former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will take on heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It is possible that WWE will bring back Lesnar to the ring once it allows fans to enter the arena again. Considering the magnitude of his stardom, the company will not waste a grand return to show it only on screen without a live audience.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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