Lesnar in March 2015.
|Born||Brock Edward Lesnar
July 12, 1977
Webster, South Dakota, United States
|Residence||Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Occupation||Professional wrestler, mixed martial artist|
|Years active||2000–2007; 2012–present (professional wrestling)
|Spouse(s)||Sable (m. 2006)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Brock Lesnar|
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||286 lb (130 kg)|
|Billed from||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Trained by||Nightmare Danny Davis
Brock Edward Lesnar (//; born July 12, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, and former American football defensive tackle and professional mixed martial artist. He is currently signed to WWE. Lesnar is a four-time WWE (World Heavyweight) Champion, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and an NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, making him the only person to have won the WWE Championship, UFC Championship and NCAA Wrestling Championship. He is also a one-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, making him a five-time world champion in professional wrestling.
After his successful amateur wrestling career at Bismarck State College and the University of Minnesota (registering 106 victories and five losses), Lesnar signed with WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation, WWF) in 2000. He was assigned to its developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he was a three-time OVW Southern Tag Team Champion (with Shelton Benjamin). After debuting on WWE's main roster in 2002, he won the WWE Championship on three separate occasions with victories over The Rock and Kurt Angle (twice). Six months after his main roster debut, Lesnar won his first (Undisputed) WWE Championship at the age of 25, making him the youngest WWE Champion ever. He was also the 2002 King of the Ring and winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble, making him the youngest both King of the Ring and Royal Rumble winner as well.
Immediately following his match with Goldberg at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar left the WWE and pursued a career in the National Football League (NFL). He played during the preseason as a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, but was cut prior to the start of the 2004–05 season. In 2005, Lesnar returned to professional wrestling and signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match. After a contractual dispute with NJPW, he also wrestled as IWGP Heavyweight Champion in the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF).
Lesnar signed with Hero's to pursue a career in mixed martial arts (MMA) and won his first fight, against Min Soo Kim, in June 2007. He then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in October 2007. He lost his UFC debut against Frank Mir and then won his second fight against Heath Herring. In November 2008, Lesnar defeated Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. In 2009, he was sidelined due to diverticulitis, but would return at UFC 116 to defeat Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin and unify the heavyweight championships, becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion. Lesnar then lost the championship to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. In 2011, he was once again sidelined due to diverticulitis and underwent surgery. Lesnar returned at UFC 141 in December 2011, losing to Alistair Overeem and promptly retiring from MMA.
Lesnar was a box office sensation in UFC. He took part in five of the highest selling pay-per-views in UFC history, three of which he main-evented. Due to the pay-per-view bonuses and fight purses, Lesnar became the highest paid UFC fighter in 2010 and was on the ESPN list of highest paid athletes in 30 sports.
In April 2012, Lesnar returned to professional wrestling, rejoining WWE after an eight-year hiatus. In April 2014, at WrestleMania XXX, Lesnar ended the undefeated WrestleMania streak of The Undertaker. Lesnar has headlined numerous WWE pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania XIX and WrestleMania 31. He is well-known for his onscreen partnership with manager Paul Heyman.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 2.1 World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
- 2.2 New Japan Pro Wrestling
- 2.3 Return to WWE
- 3 Football career
- 4 Mixed martial arts career
- 5 Other media
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Filmography
- 8 In wrestling
- 9 Mixed martial arts record
- 10 Championships and accomplishments
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Lesnar was born in Webster, South Dakota, the son of Stephanie and Richard Lesnar. He grew up on a dairy farm and joined the National Guard at age 17. He attended Webster High School, where he had a wrestling record of 33–0–0 in his senior year. He then attended Bismarck State College, where he would win the National Junior college wrestling championship during his sophomore year. He transferred to the University of Minnesota on a full wrestling scholarship for his junior and senior years of college. There, he was roommates with fellow wrestler Shelton Benjamin, who served as his assistant coach.
Lesnar won the 2000 NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling championship his senior year after being the runner-up the year prior. He finished his amateur career as a two-time NJCAA All-American, 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Conference Champion, and the 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion with a record of 106–5 overall in four years of college.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
Training and debut (2000–2002)
In 2000, after graduating college, Lesnar signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He was sent to its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. There, Lesnar first met future friend and manager Paul Heyman. He formed a tag team known as "The Minnesota Stretching Crew" with his former college roommate, Shelton Benjamin. Lesnar and Benjamin won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on three separate occasions. Lesnar wrestled several dark matches in 2001 and 2002 before being called up to the main roster.
Lesnar debuted on WWF television on the March 18, 2002, episode of Raw, coming through the crowd and attacking Al Snow, Maven and Spike Dudley during their match. He was accompanied by Paul Heyman, who was seen giving instructions to Lesnar. When the brand extension was introduced in the WWF, Lesnar was drafted to the Raw brand. Later, Heyman was confirmed to be Lesnar's agent and gave Lesnar the nickname "The Next Big Thing". Lesnar's first feud was with the Hardy Boyz. Lesnar and Jeff Hardy squared off at Backlash in Lesnar's first official televised match. He won the match by knockout after Hardy was unable to respond to referee Theodore Long. The next night on Raw Lesnar faced off against Jeff Hardy's brother Matt Hardy and defeated him in the same fashion.
WWE Champion (2002–2003)
In June 2002, Lesnar won the King of the Ring tournament, defeating Rob Van Dam in the final round, earning him a shot at the Undisputed WWE Championship at SummerSlam. On July 22, Lesnar joined the SmackDown! brand. After a quick feud with Hollywood Hulk Hogan in August 2002, Lesnar began feuding with the Undisputed WWE Champion, The Rock. At SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated The Rock to become the Undisputed WWE Champion and youngest WWE Champion at age 25 (a record previously held by The Rock). Also, he became the second shortest wrestler to win the title since his debut (126 days). At the time, the Undisputed WWE Championship was being defended on both brands, so Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff expected Lesnar to be able to return to Raw the following night. However, SmackDown! General Manager Stephanie McMahon announced that Lesnar's contract only required him to defend the title on SmackDown!, forcing Bischoff to institute a new championship for Raw (the World Heavyweight Championship). Afterwards, the Undisputed WWE Championship became known as simply the WWE Championship.
Lesnar's rapid rise to the top of WWE in 2002 led to a feud with The Undertaker, which involved a match at Unforgiven. The match ended in a double disqualification resulting in Lesnar retaining the title. Lesnar faced The Undertaker again, at No Mercy, this time in a Hell in a Cell match. Leading up to the match, (kayfabe) Lesnar broke the Undertaker's hand with a propane tank. Despite Heyman begging McMahon not to let The Undertaker use his cast as a weapon, the request was denied and the match went on as planned. In a match that saw both wrestlers and even Heyman covered in blood, it ended when Lesnar reversed an attempted Tombstone Piledriver into his finishing F-5 maneuver for the win. Six days after his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker, Lesnar successfully retained his WWE title in a handicap match with Heyman at the Rebellion pay-per-view against Edge.
Lesnar's next opponent was Big Show. Heyman was convinced more than anyone that Lesnar could not win, trying to talk him out of defending the title. Lesnar refused and faced Big Show in Madison Square Garden at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Towards the end of the match, Lesnar delivered an F-5 to Big Show, but when he went for the pin he was betrayed by Heyman, who pulled the referee out of the ring. This allowed Big Show to capitalize and proceeded to chokeslam Lesnar on a steel chair. Show went on to pin Lesnar and win the title. This loss was Lesnar's first pinfall loss in WWE and led Lesnar to turn for the first time in his career into a fan favorite. Following Survivor Series, Heyman made it clear that Lesnar would not get a rematch, and had snuck a special clause saying so into his contract. In order to gain his revenge on Big Show and Heyman, Lesnar interfered in his first title defense, which came against Kurt Angle the next month at Armageddon. Lesnar hit the F-5 on the champion, which enabled Angle to pin him and win the title. On the following episode of SmackDown!, however, Angle introduced Heyman as his manager and, despite promising Lesnar a title shot earlier in the evening, declared that Lesnar still would not get it. Lesnar was beaten down by Big Show and Angle after the main event, but would get his revenge after the show went off the air. He eventually knocked the Big Show out with a steel chair, leaving Angle alone with Lesnar. Lesnar then chased the champion out of the ring and resumed his assault that culminated when Lesnar used the F-5 to propel Angle's right knee into the steel ringpost. As paramedics tended to a screaming Angle, Lesnar finished off the assault with a kneebreaker on the ringside barricade, breaking the champion's leg in storyline.
With Angle temporarily put out of action, Lesnar's rivalry with Heyman and the Big Show resumed, which culminated in a match at the Royal Rumble in January 2003. A spot in the Royal Rumble match was on the line, and winning the match was Lesnar's only hope for a title shot. Lesnar defeated Big Show to gain entry into the match and entered at #29, the second to last competitor to enter the match. He eliminated Matt Hardy and The World's Greatest Tag Team, which was composed of Charlie Haas and his former OVW teammate, Shelton Benjamin, who were mentored by Angle. Lesnar would eliminate The Undertaker last and win the Royal Rumble, which guaranteed him a title match at WrestleMania XIX.
After the Royal Rumble, Lesnar's feud with Angle, Heyman, and their allies continued as Angle retained the title at the Rumble by defeating Chris Benoit. Lesnar and Benoit faced off against Angle, Haas, and Benjamin at No Way Out the following month and Lesnar's team won the match. This helped to forward the feud leading into the main event at WrestleMania. During the match, Lesnar botched a shooting star press, a move he's done numerous times in developmental matches, and jammed his head and neck by hitting Angle's side and ribcage. Lesnar overestimated the distance he could jump to execute the move and did not get enough rotation on his leap. This stunned Lesnar and forced Angle and Lesnar to improvise the finish of the match. Lesnar would finish the match and pin Angle, after delivering an F-5, to win his second WWE Championship. Lesnar was later diagnosed with a concussion from the botched move.
After WrestleMania, Lesnar turned his attention to John Cena, who had returned from injury in February 2003 and who had been F-5'd into a ringpost in the same manner Angle had been. Cena claimed Lesnar nearly ended his career and even named his new finishing move the "F.U." as a jab at the new champion. The feud ended in a match at Backlash when Lesnar defeated Cena. On the following episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar returned to his rivalry with Big Show after he injured Rey Mysterio badly during their match at Backlash. Show's attack resulted in Mysterio being carried out on a stretcher and back board and Big Show took Mysterio off the stretcher and swung the back board into the ringpost, compounding the injury. Lesnar called out the Big Show, who demanded that Lesnar put his title on the line against him. This led to a stretcher match at Judgment Day for the title. Lesnar successfully retained his title with help from Rey Mysterio and a forklift. During the scripted rivalry, on SmackDown, Lesnar lifted Big Show off the top-rope in a superplex which caused the ring to collapse on impact.
As Lesnar and Big Show continued their rivalry, Kurt Angle returned from his neck surgery and he and Lesnar began to form a more friendly rivalry, as the two were allies yet contenders for the title. At the first ever SmackDown brand-exclusive pay-per-view in July, Vengeance, Lesnar took on Angle and Big Show in a No Disqualification triple threat match for his title, which ended after Angle hit the Angle Slam on both Big Show and Lesnar, pinning the champion to become WWE Champion for a fourth time.
Lesnar continued to chase Angle's title despite their friendship. Mr. McMahon found his way into the angle, at first berating Lesnar, who had involved himself in McMahon's rivalry with Zach Gowen, for losing to Angle. This all turned out to be a huge swerve that came into focus on the August 7, 2003 SmackDown! in Kelowna, British Columbia. That night, Lesnar and McMahon were to face each other in a steel cage match with Angle as the special guest referee as per McMahon's orders on the previous week's program. During the match, Lesnar had passed out due to a staged backstage incident and McMahon was set to pin him, but Angle refused to allow McMahon to win that way. As the two men began to argue, Lesnar rose to his feet, revealing the ruse to the crowd, and F-5'd Angle. He then brutally beat Angle while McMahon watched, and celebrated with him afterwards, turning heel in the process. At SummerSlam, Lesnar lost to Angle when Angle made Lesnar tap out to the ankle lock. After that, Lesnar would cement his heel turn by brutalizing smaller wrestlers and attacking his rivals on a more consistent basis. He returned to using the F-5 to propel his opponents' legs into the ringpost, as he did to Spanky and Gowen, and interfered in Angle's matches on two separate occasion. On the September 18, 2003 episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar received his third shot at Angle in as many months when he faced the champion in a sixty-minute Iron Man match for the title. Lesnar won the match and his third WWE Championship by a final count of five to four.
Lesnar returned to feuding with The Undertaker. Lesnar had previously cost Undertaker the title in a match against then-champion Kurt Angle, which granted him a shot at Lesnar's title. At No Mercy, Lesnar defeated Undertaker in a Biker Chain match. The rivalry then came to an end after The Undertaker chose to focus on Mr. McMahon.
After Paul Heyman returned to WWE as general manager of SmackDown!, Lesnar aligned himself with his former manager. With Survivor Series coming up, Lesnar decided to challenge Angle to a traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match. Lesnar chose Big Show as his first teammate, with Heyman adding a returning Nathan Jones and a debuting Matt Morgan to bring the team number to four. Angle chose Chris Benoit and The APA to join his team. However, Faarooq was injured during a match with Lesnar and Big Show and Angle's team was forced to not only find a replacement for him, but to fill the fifth spot. Lesnar's team picked A-Train to fill that spot for them after he attacked John Cena, who refused to accept an invitation to join Lesnar's team. Cena instead joined Angle's team, and Angle added Hardcore Holly as the fifth member; Lesnar had injured Holly the year before and he hadn't wrestled since. In the climax of the match, Chris Benoit became the only second wrestler to make Lesnar tap out.
Last feuds and departure (2003–2004)
The Survivor Series event marked the first time Lesnar met Goldberg from the Raw brand, a man to whom Lesnar had been compared due to their similar physiques and undefeated streaks in wrestling. Lesnar claimed in a backstage interview that he could beat anybody in the world, leading to Goldberg interrupting the interview and introducing himself to Lesnar, shaking hands with him before leaving with a staredown. Lesnar followed this rivalry with a feud involving Hardcore Holly. In the storyline, Holly wanted revenge on Lesnar for legitimately injuring his neck during a previous match between the two in 2002 which left Holly in need of neck surgery and out of action for a year. At the Royal Rumble in 2004, Lesnar defeated Holly to retain the WWE Championship. Later in the Royal Rumble match, Lesnar attacked Goldberg and delivered an F-5, enabling Kurt Angle to eliminate him.
In February, Lesnar faced Eddie Guerrero for the title at No Way Out; Goldberg interfered in the match and was able to help Guerrero turn the tide in the match, however Lesnar still had his chance to win by nailing an F-5 onto his title belt that he brought into the ring, but Guerrero countered with a DDT to drive the champion into the belt. After a frog splash, Guerrero pinned Lesnar to win the WWE Championship. An angry Lesnar then began feuding with Goldberg, blaming him for losing his title, and a match was set up between the two at WrestleMania XX. During the feud with Goldberg, Lesnar was at odds with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was shown suggesting to Goldberg that he attack Lesnar at No Way Out. When Lesnar attacked Austin on Raw and stole his four-wheeler, Austin was inserted as the special guest referee for the WrestleMania match. Behind the scenes, it was widely known that the match was Goldberg's last in WWE. Only a week before WrestleMania, rumors surfaced that Lesnar, too, was leaving to pursue a career in the National Football League. As a result, Lesnar's match with Goldberg became a fiasco as the fans at Madison Square Garden jeered and heckled both wrestlers vociferously. Goldberg gained victory after delivering a Jackhammer to Lesnar and both men subsequently received Stone Cold Stunners from Austin.
New Japan Pro Wrestling
On October 8, 2005, Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match with Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono at a New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) show in the Tokyo Dome. Lesnar won the match by pinning Masahiro Chono after an F-5, which he had renamed the Verdict since WWE owns the trademark on the F-5 name. After the match, he stated that this name was referring to his lawsuit against WWE. The match was his first pro-wrestling match since leaving WWE. Lesnar is one of the few American wrestlers to have held this title.
On December 6, WWE filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent Lesnar from continuing to work with NJPW, but the court did not grant it. Following that, Lesnar had two non-title victories against Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata. Lesnar successfully defended his championship on January 4, 2006, against former champion Shinsuke Nakamura. On January 13, WWE once again filed an injunction against Lesnar to stop him from defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship which was also not enforced as he went on to retain his championship against former Sumo Wrestling Grand Champion Akebono after Lesnar hit him with the championship belt and a DDT on March 19, at the Sumo Hall. Lesnar had another successful title defense against the winner of the New Japan Cup, Giant Bernard, on May 3, 2006, in Fukuoka. This was the first American vs. American title match in NJPW since Vader vs. Stan Hansen in 1990.
On July 15, 2006, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced Lesnar would not return to defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship due to "visa issues" and had been stripped of the title. A tournament was held on July 16 to determine the new champion which was won by Hiroshi Tanahashi. Lesnar continued to possess the physical IWGP Championship belt until late June 2007.
Approximately one year later on June 29, 2007, Lesnar defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle in a champion versus champion match. Inoki Genome Federation promoter Antonio Inoki had stated Lesnar was the "proper" IWGP Heavyweight Champion as he was not defeated for the title. Angle would defeat Lesnar to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as recognized by IGF and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). This was Lesnar's last match as a professional wrestler until 2012, when he re-signed with WWE.
Lesnar had previously signed a no-compete clause in order to be released from his contract with WWE, which prohibited him from working for any other sports entertainment or mixed martial arts companies before June 2010. Lesnar had anticipated leaving wrestling entirely, but his inability to secure a career in professional football led to him challenging this ruling in court. WWE responded by demanding damages as a result of Lesnar allegedly breaching the agreement by appearing at a New Japan Pro Wrestling show in 2004. In July 2005, the two sides dropped their claims and entered negotiations to renew their relationship. WWE had offered Lesnar a contract, but on August 2, 2005, WWE's official website reported that Lesnar had withdrawn from any involvement with the company. The lawsuit was then entered into settlement on September 21, but talks broke down.
On January 14, 2006, Judge Christopher Droney stated that unless WWE gave him a good argument between then and the 25th, he would rule in favor of Lesnar, giving him a summary judgment. This would have enabled Lesnar to work anywhere, immediately. WWE was later granted a deadline postponement. On April 24, WWE announced on WWE.com that both parties had mutually come to a settlement and on June 12, a federal judge dismissed Lesnar's lawsuit against WWE after both parties requested the case be dismissed.
Return to WWE
Various feuds (2012–2013)
Lesnar was featured in the WWE '12 video game, which was released in October 2011. His inclusion in the video game sparked speculation he'd soon be returning to the company after his final fight for the UFC in December 2011, Lesnar verbally agreed to return to the WWE during this time but it is unclear of when.
Lesnar returned to the WWE on April 2, 2012, on Raw, confronting and delivering an F-5 to John Cena. The following week on Raw, general manager John Laurinaitis revealed that he signed Lesnar to bring "legitimacy" back to the WWE and become the "new face of the WWE". Laurinaitis also announced that Lesnar would face Cena at Extreme Rules with the Extreme Rules stipulation later added to the match. Lesnar was dominant throughout the match until Cena punched Lesnar in the face with a steel chain wrapped around his fist. Cena then delivered the Attitude Adjustment to Lesnar onto steel steps and Lesnar lost the match.
The following night on Raw, WWE's Chief Operating Officer Triple H refused to give in to Lesnar's unreasonable contract demands, resulting in Lesnar attacking him and breaking his arm with a kimura lock in storyline. The next week, Paul Heyman made his return as Lesnar's legal representative and claimed that Lesnar was quitting WWE. He later announced a lawsuit against WWE for breach of contract. At No Way Out in June, Triple H challenged Lesnar, who was not present, to a match at SummerSlam which Lesnar refused. Stephanie McMahon would later goad Heyman into accepting the match on Lesnar's behalf on July 23 at Raw 1000. On August 19, at SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Triple H in a No Disqualification match via submission after once again (kayfabe) breaking his arm with the Kimura. The following night on Raw, Lesnar crowned himself the new King of Kings and touted that he would depart with his victory over Triple H stating that he had conquered everything in the WWE.
Lesnar returned on the January 28, 2013, episode of Raw, confronting Vince McMahon who was about to fire Heyman. Despite Heyman's pleas, Lesnar hit McMahon with an F-5, breaking McMahon's pelvis in storyline. The following week, during The Miz's MizTV talk show, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero revealed herself as the one who signed Lesnar to a new contract to impress McMahon. On the February 25 episode of Raw, Lesnar once again attempted to attack McMahon, only to get into a brawl with the returning Triple H, which resulted in Lesnar having his head split open and requiring eighteen stitches. The following week, Triple H issued a challenge to Lesnar, requesting a rematch with him at WrestleMania 29, which Lesnar accepted but only after Triple signed a contract and Lesnar named the stipulation. The following week, after Triple H signed the contract and assaulted Heyman, the stipulation was revealed as No Holds Barred with Triple H's career on the line. Lesnar ended up losing the match after Triple H hit him with a Pedigree onto the steel steps. On the April 15 episode of Raw, Lesnar attacked 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, and Jinder Mahal) before Heyman challenged Triple H to face Lesnar in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules, which Triple H accepted the following week. On May 19, at the pay-per-view, he defeated Triple H and ended their feud.
Ending The Undertaker's Streak (2013–2014)
Lesnar returned on the June 17 episode of Raw, attacking Heyman's fellow client CM Punk with an F-5. Despite the accusations from Punk, Heyman claimed that he was not behind Lesnar's attack on him. However, in July, Heyman turned on Punk, and claimed that Punk could not beat Lesnar, which led to Lesnar making his return and attacking Punk on the July 15 episode of Raw. The following week on Raw, Punk challenged Lesnar to a match at SummerSlam, which Heyman accepted on Lesnar's behalf. On the August 12 episode of Raw, Punk attacked Lesnar with a camera and steel chair after Heyman tried to trap Punk by having him fight both him and Lesnar instead of the scheduled match of Punk versus Heyman. Six days later at SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Punk in a No Disqualification match.
On the December 30, 2013 episode of Raw, Lesnar returned with Heyman to announce his intentions to challenge the winner of the upcoming WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Randy Orton and John Cena at the Royal Rumble. Lesnar then dared any wrestler who disapproved of that notion to challenge him, which was answered by Mark Henry. A brawl would ensue, ending with Lesnar delivering an F-5 to Henry. The following week on Raw, Henry challenged Lesnar again, only to have Lesnar, in storyline, dislocate his elbow with the Kimura. Big Show then came out and confronted Lesnar. There was a short physical confrontation between the two, starting a feud which was settled at Royal Rumble when Lesnar defeated the Big Show after attacking him with a steel chair before the match began.
On the February 24, 2014 episode of Raw, Heyman stated that Lesnar had requested a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, instead receiving an open contract to face anyone of his choosing at WrestleMania XXX. Heyman said that Lesnar felt insulted by this and that he would not be appearing at WrestleMania at all. The Undertaker then returned and chokeslammed Lesnar through a table, setting up their match at WrestleMania. Lesnar defeated The Undertaker after executing three F5s, ending his undefeated WrestleMania streak at 21, a feat that was described by Sports Illustrated as being "the most shocking result since the Montreal Screwjob".
WWE World Heavyweight Champion (2014–present)
On the July 21, 2014, episode of Raw, Triple H announced that Lesnar would face John Cena at SummerSlam for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. At SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. During the match, he delivered 16 suplexes (most of which were German suplexes) and two F-5s to Cena, who barely managed any offense. On the August 19 episode of Main Event, Triple H announced that Cena was invoking his championship rematch clause against Lesnar at Night of Champions. Lesnar was disqualified due to Seth Rollins interfering, but retained his championship, which could not be lost via disqualification. Cena thereafter prevented Rollins from cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on Lesnar.
Lesnar returned on the December 15 episode of Raw, attacking Chris Jericho, who had earlier challenged Paul Heyman, to a street fight. Lesnar took Jericho out with an F5 and then interfered in the main event, a steel cage match between Cena and Rollins, attacking Cena and helping Rollins to get the win. On the January 12, 2015, episode of Raw, Lesnar was curb-stomped by Rollins during their championship match contract signing that also included Cena. The following week, Lesnar opened Raw by calling Rollins out and demanding a fight. Later that same night, after attempting to get his hands on Rollins, he delivered F-5s to Kane and Big Show of The Authority. Lesnar retained the title against Rollins and Cena at the Royal Rumble, despite suffering a storyline broken rib during the match. Lesnar's next challenger was Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31, as Reigns won the 2015 Royal Rumble match and then a #1 contender match against Daniel Bryan at Fastlane. Lesnar lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract while the match was in progress, making it a triple threat; Rollins pinned Reigns to win the title. The following night on Raw, Lesnar attacked commentators Booker T, JBL, Michael Cole, and a cameraman when Rollins turned down an immediate rematch, which led to Stephanie McMahon suspending Lesnar indefinitely in storyline.
Lesnar returned from his storyline suspension on the June 15 episode of Raw, after being chosen by The Authority to face Rollins in a rematch for the championship at Battleground. On the June 22 episode of Raw, Lesnar established himself as a face after apologizing to JBL and Michael Cole for the attack on them. At the end of the show, he was attacked by Kane and J&J Security, then pedigreed by Seth Rollins. Lesnar is scheduled to face Kofi Kingston (of The New Day) on July 4 at The Beast in the East in Tokyo, making this his first non-televised wrestling appearance for WWE since his 2012 return.
|Date of birth:||July 12, 1977|
|Place of birth:||Webster, South Dakota|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school:||Webster High School|
Career NFL statistics
After his final match at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar sidelined his career in WWE to pursue a career in the National Football League. This move upset many in WWE, as the company felt they had invested heavily in Lesnar. They confirmed his departure on their official website (WWE.com) by the following statement:
|“||Brock Lesnar has made a personal decision to put his WWE career on hold to prepare to tryout for the National Football League this season. Brock has wrestled his entire professional career in the WWE and we are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best in his new endeavor.||”|
Lesnar later told a Minnesota radio show that he had "three wonderful years" in WWE, but had grown unhappy and had always wanted to play pro football, adding that he did not want to be 40 years old and wondering if he could have "made it" in football. In an interview about the NFL, he stated:
|“||This is no load of bull; it's no WWE stunt. I am dead serious about this. I ain't afraid of anything and I ain't afraid of anybody. I've been an underdog in athletics since I was five. I got zero college offers for wrestling. Now people say I can't play football, that it's a joke. I say I can. I'm as good an athlete as a lot of guys in the NFL, if not better. I've always had to fight for everything. I wasn't the best technician in amateur wrestling but I was strong, had great conditioning, and a hard head. Nobody could break me. As long as I have that, I don't give a damn what anybody else thinks.||”|
Lesnar had a great showing at the NFL Combine and made the practice team for the Minnesota Vikings. On April 19, 2004, a minivan collided with his motorbike; he suffered a broken jaw and left hand, a bruised pelvis, and a pulled groin. He made a full recovery and attended the eight-week training camp for the Vikings in the summer, but ended up being cut at the end of the pre-season. He received an invitation to play as a representative of the Vikings in NFL Europa, but declined because he wanted to be closer to home with his family.
Mixed martial arts career
|Born||Brock Edward Lesnar
July 12, 1977 
Webster, South Dakota
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||266 lb (121 kg; 19 st 0 lb)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Alexandria, Minnesota|
Head Trainer: Marty Morgan
Boxing: Peter Welch
Jiu-Jitsu: Rodrigo Medeiros
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Years active||2007–2011 (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Minnesota|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
On April 29, 2006, after the final match of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas, Lesnar announced his intent to join K-1's mixed martial arts league, Hero's. He trained with Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under Greg Nelson and Minnesota Assistant Head wrestling coach Marty Morgan. Lesnar announced on August 12 in Las Vegas that he had signed a deal with the K-1 promotion. His first fight was scheduled against Choi Hong-man of Korea on June 2, 2007, at the K-1 Dynamite!! USA show. However, prior to the match, Hong-Man was replaced by Min Soo Kim. Lesnar submitted Soo Kim with strikes in 1:09 of the first round to win his first official MMA match.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2011)
During UFC 77, it was announced that Lesnar had reached a deal to fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). On February 2, 2008, Lesnar made his debut with the promotion in an event titled UFC 81:Breaking Point against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir. Due to his large hands, Lesnar was wearing 4XL gloves for the fight, making him the second man in Nevada's combat sports history to wear such gloves after Choi Hong-man. Lesnar secured an early takedown and began landing numerous punches but was docked a point after a punch hit Mir on the back of the head. Following another takedown by Lesnar, Mir managed to secure a kneebar and force a submission at 1:30 of the first round and Lesnar lost in his UFC debut. At UFC 82, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Mark Coleman was announced to fight Lesnar at UFC 87. However, Coleman withdrew from the fight due to an injury and was replaced by Heath Herring. Early in the first round, Lesnar dropped Herring with a straight right punch. For the rest of the fight, he kept it on the ground and won by unanimous decision.
Lesnar's next opponent was Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91 on November 15. Lesnar would beat Couture via a technical knockout in the second round and became the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
On December 27, 2008, at UFC 92, Frank Mir defeated Antônio Nogueira for the Interim Heavyweight Championship and was to face Lesnar for the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 98. Immediately after winning the Interim Heavyweight title, Mir found Lesnar in the crowd and shouted at him "You've got my belt". Due to a knee injury to Mir, the title unification match with Lesnar that was originally slated to be the UFC 98 main event was postponed. Lesnar won the postponed rematch with Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009, via technical knockout in the second round. The win earned Lesnar Beatdown of the Year honors, with Anderson Silva, from Sherdog for 2009. During his post-match celebration, Lesnar flipped off the crowd who had been booing him. Lesnar also made a disparaging comment about the pay-per-view's primary sponsor Bud Light, claiming they "won't pay me nothin'" and promoted Coors Light instead. Lesnar later apologized for his remarks at the post-fight press conference, where he held a bottle of Bud Light and endorsed their product.
In January 2009, Lesnar signed an endorsement deal with Dymatize Nutrition. A compact disc (CD) containing training footage of Lesnar was included with boxes of Dymatize Xpand and Energized Xpand.
On July 1, 2009, it was reported that the winner of the Shane Carwin vs. Cain Velasquez fight at UFC 104 would face Lesnar but the match was scrapped and Lesnar was scheduled to defend his belt against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21. On October 26, 2009, it was announced that Lesnar pulled out of his Carwin bout due to an illness. UFC President Dana White said Lesnar had been ill for three weeks, claiming he had never been this sick in his life and that it would take him a while to recover; his fight with Carwin was rescheduled for UFC 108 on January 2, 2010. Lesnar initially sought treatment in Canada, but later told reporters that he had received "Third World treatment" at a hospital in Brandon, Manitoba, and that seeking better treatment in the USA saved his life. Lesnar, who describes himself as a conservative and supporter of the Republican Party, went on to criticize Canadian health care further and stated that he shared his experience in an effort to speak "on the behalf of the doctors in the United States that don't want health care reform to happen and neither do I".
On November 4, it was confirmed that Lesnar was suffering from mononucleosis and that his bout with Carwin would have to wait a bit longer and the fight for Lesnar's heavyweight championship was cancelled. On November 14, at the UFC 105 post-fight conference, Dana White stated, "[Lesnar]'s not well and he's not going to be getting well anytime soon" and that an interim title match might need to be set up. In addition to mononucleosis, it was revealed that he was suffering from a serious case of diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder, which required surgery. After further diagnosis, Lesnar underwent surgery on November 16 to close a perforation in his intestine that had been leaking fecal matter into his abdomen, causing pain, abscesses, and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contracted mononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnar's system, the surgeon estimated that the intestinal condition had been ongoing for around a year.
In January 2010, Lesnar announced on ESPN's SportsCenter that he was scheduled to make a return to the UFC in the summer. A match between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin took place on March 27 at UFC 111 to determine the Interim Heavyweight Champion, and Lesnar's next opponent. Carwin defeated Mir via knockout in the first round, becoming the new Interim Champion. After the fight, Brock came into the ring and stated "It was a good fight but he's wearing a belt that's a make believe belt. I've got the real championship belt".
Lesnar faced Shane Carwin at UFC 116 to unify the heavyweight titles. Early in the first round, Carwin knocked Lesnar down with punch, gave him a cut above his left eye, and used a ground and pound attack the rest of the round. In the next round, Lesnar was able to take Carwin down, attain a full mount, then move into side-control and finish the fight with an arm triangle choke. With the victory, Lesnar became the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, earning his first Submission Of The Night and giving Carwin his first loss.
Lesnar's next defense was against undefeated top contender Cain Velasquez on October 23, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California at UFC 121. Dana White announced via SportsNation that the UFC would bring back UFC Primetime to hype the fight. He was defeated by Velasquez for the title by TKO in the first round.
On January 11, 2011, Lesnar was announced as a coach of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, opposite Junior dos Santos, with the two expected to fight on June 11 at UFC 131, however, he was struck with another bout of diverticulitis and had to withdraw from the bout on May 12. He was replaced by Shane Carwin who lost against dos Santos at UFC 131.
Lesnar underwent surgery on May 27 to help battle his problems with diverticulitis. Dana White said that he had a 12-inch piece of his colon removed.
ESPN The Magazine, in its May 2011 issue, did a story listing the highest paid athlete based on base salary and earnings for the most recent calendar year or most recent season in 30 sports. Lesnar topped the list for MMA at $5.3 million, which included his reported bout salaries and estimated pay-per-view bonuses.
In the summer of 2011. Lesnar announced that he was ready to get back into the Octagon, stating that "I feel like a new man. Healthy. Strong. I feel like I used to feel". His return match was scheduled to be at UFC 141 on December 30 in Las Vegas against former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. Overeem would win the fight by way of technical knockout in the first round. The result of the fight is very controversial as Overeem later tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone prior to his next scheduled fight. After the defeat, Lesnar announced his retirement from MMA, mentioning his struggles with diverticulitis and saying "tonight was the last time you'll see me in the octagon".
Speculation about a possible Lesnar return to MMA lasted three years until 2015. In early 2015, Lesnar started training for a return to the UFC, and said he was offered a deal "10 times" more than what he had made previously in his MMA career. After two months of training, Lesnar opted to re-sign with WWE and officially closed the door on a return to MMA, stating that while training he felt "physically great, but something was lacking mentally". In addition, Lesnar explained on an interview with SportsCenter that "I'm an older caveman now, so I make smarter caveman decisions", choosing to sign with WWE instead of returning to MMA because he can "work part-time with full-time pay".
In 2003, WWE Home Video released a DVD entitled Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain, chronicling Lesnar's career up until 2003. This set was re-released in 2012 as a 3 disc DVD and 2 disc Blu-ray Collectors edition to tie in with Lesnar's return to WWE and was expanded to include additional matches not featured on the original. Lesnar was on the cover of Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazine in 2004, and Minneapolis' City Pages in 2008.
Lesnar appears in WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain, WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Crush Hour, WWE Raw 2, Madden NFL 06, UFC 2009 Undisputed, UFC Undisputed 2010, Wrestle Kingdom, WWE '12, WWE '13, WWE 2K14, and WWE 2K15. After being the cover athlete for SmackDown: Here Comes the Pain and UFC Undisputed 2010, he became the first man to appear on the cover of both a WWE and UFC video game. In addition, Lesnar is the only person to appear in all three professional wrestling, mixed martial arts, and American football games.
Lesnar owns an MMA clothing line called DeathClutch, although no new products have been made since his retirement from MMA in 2011, and the line appears to have been discontinued as of 2014.
In January 2001, Lesnar was arrested by the Louisville Division of Police for allegedly receiving large amounts of anabolic steroids. The charges were dropped when it was discovered that the substances were a legal growth hormone. His lawyer described it as a "vitamin type of thing".
On December 15, 2011, Lesnar was charged with hunting infractions on a trip to Alberta on November 19, 2010. Two charges were dropped, but Lesnar pleaded guilty to the charge of improper tagging of an animal. He was fined $1,725 and given a six-month hunting suspension.
Lesnar has one daughter, Mya Lynn (born April 10, 2002), with his former fiancée Nicole. Lesnar was engaged to Rena "Sable" Mero in 2004. The two would separate in 2005, but reconciled later that year and were married on May 6, 2006. Lesnar is the stepfather of Mariah, Mero's daughter with her late husband Wayne Richardson. Lesnar and Mero have two children together, son Turk (born June 2009) and son Duke (born July 2010).
|2011||The Ultimate Fighter 13||Himself|
|2011||The Ultimate Fighter 14||Himself|
|2002||WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth||Himself|
|2003||WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain||Himself|
|2003||WWE WrestleMania XIX||Himself|
|2003||WWE Crush Hour||Himself|
|2003||WWE Raw 2||Himself|
|2006||Madden NFL 06||Himself|
|2009||UFC 2009 Undisputed||Himself|
|2010||UFC Undisputed 2010||Himself|
|2012||UFC Undisputed 3||Himself|
|2014||EA Sports UFC||Himself|
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Brock Lock (Over-the-shoulder single leg Boston crab) 2002-2004
- Fallaway slam
- Double or a triple non-release powerbomb
- Knee lift to the opponent's midsection
- Suplex City (Multiple suplex variations)
- Multiple turnbuckle thrusts
- Pendulum backbreaker
- Rear naked choke
- Running corner shoulder block
- Running powerbomb
- Standing double leg takedown followed by mounted punches or forearms
- Entrance themes
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|8 matches||5 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||5–3||Alistair Overeem||TKO (body kick & punches)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||1||2:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||1||4:12||Anaheim, California, United States||Lost UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||5–1||Shane Carwin||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 116||July 3, 2010||2||2:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship; Submission of the Night.|
|Win||4–1||Frank Mir||TKO (punches)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||2||1:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||3–1||Randy Couture||TKO (punches)||UFC 91||November 15, 2008||2||3:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||2–1||Heath Herring||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 87||August 9, 2008||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Frank Mir||Submission (kneebar)||UFC 81||February 2, 2008||1||1:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC debut match.|
|Win||1–0||Min-Soo Kim||Submission (punches)||Dynamite!! USA||June 2, 2007||1||1:09||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Championships and accomplishments
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- NJCAA All-American (1997, 1998)
- NJCAA National Champion (1998)
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World MMA Awards
- Breakthrough Fighter of the Year (2009)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Feud of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle
- Match of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle in an Iron Man match on SmackDown! on September 16
- Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2002)
- Wrestler of the Year (2002, 2014)
- PWI ranked him 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2003
- World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- a Lesnar's IWGP championship reign at IGF was considered a continuation of his reign from NJPW.
- b Lesnar's first reign was as Undisputed WWE Champion.
- "Brock Lesnar profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
- "Brock Lesnar". Cagematch.net. Retrieved March 27, 2015.[unreliable source?]
- "Biography for Brock Lesnar". IMDB.com. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
- "UFC signs former WWE star Brock Lesnar". 411mania.com. Retrieved October 20, 2007.
- "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings: Heavyweight". SHERDOG.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
- "Grappling with his future". ESPN. Retrieved October 27, 2008.
- "WWE King Of The Ring Results 6–23–02". Lords of Pain. Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2008.[unreliable source?]
- "Brock Lesnar (spot No. 29) wins the Royal Rumble Match". WWE. Archived from the original on March 19, 2008. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- "Lesnar talks about starting with the NFL". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- Meltzer, Dave (October 25, 2007). "White banking on Lesnar's success". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
- "Brock Lesnar vs. Min Soo Kim". UGO.com. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- "Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar Undergoes Surgery; Hopeful for Early 2012 Return". MMAWeekly.com. May 28, 2011.
- "Brock Lesnar retires after UFC 141 loss". ESPN | Mixed Martial Arts. December 31, 2011.
- "Top Selling UFC PPVs of All-Time".
- "Best-paid athletes in 30 sports".
- Schmaltz, Jim (2004). "Brock Lesnar interview". Flex. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
- "Brock Lesnar profile". SLAM! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved April 13, 2007.
- "All about the Benjamin". The Sun Online. Retrieved April 13, 2007.
- "Brock Lesnar profile". Karmas Wrestling Retro. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
- Ladies and Gentleman, My Name is Paul Heyman Disc 1. WWE.
- Westcott, Brian; Dupree. "NWA Ohio Valley Wrestling Southern Tag Team Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. p. 106.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. p. 102.
- "Brock Lesnar". National Ledger. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
- 10 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Brock Lesnar
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling's historical cards" (Kappa Publishing). 2007. p. 125.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. p. 32.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. pp. 198–199.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. p. 200.
- "The 10 fastest rises to the WWE World Heavyweight Title".
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. pp. 220–222.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling's historical cards" (Kappa Publishing). 2007. pp. 110–111.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. p. 281.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. p. 285.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling's historical cards" (Kappa Publishing). 2007. pp. 111–112.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. p. 290.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling's historical cards" (Kappa Publishing). 2007. pp. 112–113.
- Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. pp. 341–342.
- "John Cena profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena, then gave Cena an F-5 into the ringpost, injuring his knee!
- "Judgment Day 2003 results". PWWEW.net. Retrieved April 21, 2007.[unreliable source?]
- "SmackDown! results – June 12, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- "WWE Smackdown Results August 7, 2003". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- "SmackDown! results – August 7, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling's historical cards" (Kappa Publishing). 2007. pp. 113–114.
- "WWE: Inside WWE > title History > WWE championship > 20030918 – Brock Lesnar". WWE. Retrieved April 21, 2008.
- "SmackDown! results – September 18, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- "SmackDown! results – September 25, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling's historical cards" (Kappa Publishing). 2007. p. 114.
- "SmackDown! results – October 30, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- McAvennie, Mike (April 27, 2007). "Bringin' Down The House". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved December 8, 2008.
- "SmackDown! results – December 11, 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- "Royal Rumble 2004". Full Event Results. WWE. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling's historical cards" (Kappa Publishing). 2007. p. 115.
- "RAW results – February 2, 2004". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- "RAW results – March 4, 2004". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- Drehs, Wayne (June 29, 2004). "Grappling with his future". ESPN. Retrieved Dec 27, 2013.
- Powell, John (March 15, 2004). "WrestleMania XX bombs". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary. "I.W.G.P. HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY". Soli'e Title Histories. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
- "New Japan Pro Wrestling news – (December 25, 2005 – January 20, 2006)". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- "New Japan Pro Wrestling news – (December 6, 2005 – December 23, 2005)". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- "New Japan Pro Wrestling news – (March 9, 2006 – April 8, 2006)". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- "New Japan Pro Wrestling news – (April 10, 2006 – May 5, 2006)". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- "New Japan Pro Wrestling news – (June 28, 2006 – July 19, 2006)". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- "Kurt Angle Beats Brock Lesnar In Japan". June 29, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2007.
- "Brock taking WWE to court". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- "WWE Responds To Brock Lesnar's Lawsuit". 411Mania. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- "WWE cuts more while negotiating with Lesnar". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- "Brock says no to contract". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- "Update On The Brock Lesnar Vs. WWE Lawsuit". 411Mania. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- "WWE Files Restraining Order Against Brock Lesnar". 411Mania. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- "WWE News: Brock, Tenta, Oleg, More". 411Mania. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- "WWE's Lawsuit Against Lesnar Delayed". Wrestling Observer (via ProWrestling.com). Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- "Brock Lesnar and WWE settle lawsuit". WWE.com. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- Caldwell, James (April 2, 2012). "Caldwell's WWE Raw results 4/2: Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw – WM28 fall-out, how will Cena respond to Rock loss?, two big title matches". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
- Larnick, Eric (April 3, 2012). "WWE Raw Recap: Brock Lesnar Returns, The Rock Wants World Title". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
- Caldwell, James (April 16, 2012). "WWE News: Stipulation added to Cena-Lesnar Extreme Rules PPV main event (w/Analysis)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- Caldwell, James (April 29, 2012). "Caldwell's WWE Extreme Rules PPV Report 4/29: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of live PPV – Brock-Cena, Punk-Jericho in Chicago". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Scannell, Robin. "Raw Storyline Tracker – Complete Over the Limit build-up: Cena-Laurinaitis, Triple H-Lesnar, Punk-Bryan, Big Show "fired," more!". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- Caldwell, James. "Caldwell's WWE Raw Results 4/30: Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw Starring Brock Lesnar – PPV fall-out, Triple H returns". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 5/14: Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw – Cena & Triple H return, final PPV hype". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- Caldwell, James (June 17, 2012). "CALDWELL'S WWE NO WAY OUT PPV REPORT 6/17". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 6/18: Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw #994 – PPV fall-out, Johnny says good-bye, Hunter-Heyman". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 7/23: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw #999 – WWE recognizes 1,000 episodes, WWE Title match, Lesnar, Rock, DX, wedding". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 8/13: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw – Brock-Hunter contract signing turns physical, Punk-Cena, final Summerslam hype". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Bishop, Matt. "Lesnar snaps Triple H's arm at SummerSlam". SLAM! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Martin, Adam. "WWE: Triple H suffers "broken arm" at Summerslam". WrestleView. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 8/20: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw – Punk-Cena, Lesnar opens show, Triple H "speculation," Jericho farewell". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
Next, Cole introduced a tout from Lesnar saying he came to WWE, conquered everything, and now is leaving and never coming back, which drew some cheers from the live Raw crowd.
- Caldwell, James. "Video – Lesnar says he's leaving WWE". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Benigno, Anthony. "Raw results: The Rock brings the reign and Brock Lesnar brings the pain on Raw Roulette night". WWE. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- "Sources: Mr. McMahon suffers broken pelvis due to Brock Lesnar attack". WWE. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 2/4: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw – WWE explains many things, Punk-Jericho main event, Bruno HOF Video (updated w/Box Score)".
- Benigno, Anthony (February 25, 2013). "Paul Heyman’s fight against Mr. McMahon degenerated into a brawl between Brock Lesnar and Triple H". WWE. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 3/4: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live "Old-School Raw" – Taker returns, Rock-Cena in-ring confrontation, WM29 hype, more".
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 3/11: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw – WWE recognizes Bearer by incorporating him into Taker-Punk, Lesnar challenges Hunter, no Cena, more".
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 3/18: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw – Hunter signs WM29 contract, IC Title match, more WM29 developments".
- Myers, Thomas. "Wrestlemania 29 results: Brock Lesnar pinned by Triple H after steel step Pedigree". MMAMANIA. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Brock Lesnar takes care of 3MB and then a rematch is set up against Triple H for Extreme Rules". WWE. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 4/22 (First Hour): Hunter Pedigrees Heyman, Jericho vs. Ziggler, more".
- "WWE Extreme Rules results and reactions from last night (May 19): Believe in Gold".
- "6/17 Powell's WWE Raw Live Coverage: Brock Lesnar and C.M. Punk, Mark Henry returns in a big way, Payback fallout with new champions Alberto Del Rio, Curtis Axel, and A.J. Lee". LAST ROW MEDIA LLC. June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.[unreliable source?]
- Benigno, Anthony. "Raw results: Money in the Bank takes shape, Punk confronts Heyman and Bryan chases The Viper in a Street Fight". WWE. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- "BREAKING NEWS: Paul Heyman Double Crosses CM Punk at WWE Money In The Bank". July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
- "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 7/15 (Hour 3): Punk-Heyman epic promo exchange, Jericho vs. RVD, Cena picks his Summerslam PPV opponent".
- Clapp, John. (August 18, 2013) Brock Lesnar def. CM Punk (No Disqualification Match). WWE Retrieved on September 5, 2013.
- WWE Raw results (8/12/13): CM Punk gets the best of Brock Lesnar; John Cena-Daniel have heated verbal exchange; The Big Show finally returns. Philly.com. Retrieved on September 5, 2013.
- "CALDWELL'S WWE SSLAM PPV RESULTS 8/18 (Hour 2): Lesnar vs. Punk brutal fight".
- "Brock Lesnar returns to Raw and makes a challenge". Retrieved December 31, 2013.
- "Brock Lesnar dislocates Mark Henry's elbow: Raw, Jan 6, 2014". Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Tylwalk, Nick. "Raw: Longer matches and a dramatic return in Green Bay". SLAM! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
- Sin, Ben (6 April 2014). "WWE Stars React to the End of the Undertaker's Streak". http://www.si.com/ (Sports Illustrated). Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- "WWE Raw report". http://www1.skysports.com/. Sky Sports. July 22, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- "Caldwell's WWE SummerSlam PPV Results 8/17: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Cena vs. Lesnar". Pro Wrestling Torch. August 17, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- "UFC Quick Quote: Dana White expects a call from Brock Lesnar when his WWE contract expires".
- Benigno, Anthony. "Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and def. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion". WWE. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
- Tedesco, Mike. "WWE RAW Results - 6/15/15 (Lesnar is the new #1 contender)". wrestleview.com. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
- "Brock Lesnar opts to put WWE career on hold". WWE (via the Internet Archive. Archived from the original on April 17, 2004. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- "Brock Lesnar Makes Name for Himself in MMA". gambling911.com. Retrieved April 4, 2008.
- "Brock Lesnar". Official UFC Fighter Profiles. UFC. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- Wetzel, Dan (October 8, 2009). "Enigmatic Lesnar defies definition". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
- "ERIK PAULSON: BROCK LESNAR WILL BE 150% READY FOR CAIN VELASQUEZ". ChicagosMMA.com. October 10, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
- Gross, Josh (July 2, 2010). "No bout bigger than Lesnar-Carwin". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
- Ozório, Carlos (July 6, 2010). "Comprido and his work with Brock: "I'll bet my job on him!"". graciemag.com. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
- "Brock Lesnar profile". Sherdog. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
- "Brock Lesnar joins K-1". MMAWeekly.com. August 13, 2006. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- "Gracie & Lesnar at L.A. Coliseum Official". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- "Brock Lesnar Good to Go With Hero's". MMA Ring Report. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- Mike Sloan (February 3, 2008). "Nogueira Becomes First to Hold UFC, PRIDE Belts". sherdog.com. Retrieved February 3, 2008.
- Dave Meltzer (February 2, 2008). "Notes from the UFC weigh-ins" (PDF). WWE Holland, Non-WWE Forums: UFC 81 – Spoilers. Retrieved July 17, 2009.
Lesnar's hands are the largest for any combat sports athlete in the history of the state of Nevada. He needed 4XL gloves, and even they were slightly on the small size. The only fighter ever to wear 4XL gloves was South Korean giant Choi Hong-man, who is 7 ft 3 in and 367 pounds.[dead link]
- Dave Meltzer (February 1, 2008). "Lesnar, Mir ready to go". yahoo.com. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
- Dave Meltzer (February 28, 2008). "UFC lines up blue-chip sponsor". yahoo.com. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
- Pishna, Ken (May 24, 2008). "HEATH HERRING TO FACE BROCK LESNAR AT UFC 87". MMAWeekly. Retrieved May 27, 2008.
- Gerbasi, Thomas (August 10, 2008). "Brock Star – Lesnar Dominates Herring; Florian Decisions Huerta". UFC. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
- Spade, Bobby (September 2, 2008). "Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture". NoDQ.com. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
- Hall, Joe (November 16, 2008). "Lesnar Takes Couture's Title". Sherdog.com. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
- Smith, Michael David (December 27, 2008). "UFC 92 Live Blog: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir Round-by-Round Updates". MMAFanHouse.com. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
- "Sherdog’s 2009 Misc. Awards – Beatdown of the Year". Sherdog.com. January 11, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
- "UFC 100: Lesnar and St-Pierre Post Fight PC". Yahoo Sports!. July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
- "Brock Lesnar Training Footage Inside Dymatize Nutrition Products". MMAWaves.com.
- "Lesnar-Carwin to Headline UFC 106". Sherdog.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
- "Brock Lesnar CANCELS his UFC 106 fight with Shane Carwin". MIDDLEEASY.com. October 26, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "Brock Lesnar's next fight: Obamacare and Canadian health care". STARTRIBUNE.com. January 21, 2010. Archived from the original on January 24, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "Brock Lesnar has the kissing disease, out of UFC 108". MIDDLEEASY.com. November 4, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- Savage, Greg (November 14, 2009). "White: No Return in Sight for Ill Lesnar". sherdog.com. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
- Kelly, Cathal (November 16, 2009). "Lesnar needs surgery, UFC boss says". Toronto: torontostar.com. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
- "UFC boss faces biggest promotional test". SPORTS.YAHOO.com. November 18, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "After medical "miracle," champ Brock Lesnar plans summer return to UFC action". MMAKJUNKIE.com. January 20, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "White says Lesnar could return for UFC 114; champ welcomes fight with "stalker" Mir". MMAJUNKIE.com. January 20, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "Main Card: Carwin Crushes Mir, Wins Interim Heavy Title". UFC.com. March 28, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "Lesnar-Carwin Targeted for July". SHERDOG.com. March 28, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez Agree to Fight at UFC 121". MMAFighting.com. July 9, 2010.
- "Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez UFC Primtime". MMAFighting.com. August 26, 2010.
- "UFC 121 Results & Live Play-by-Play". SHERDOG.com. October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
- "Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos named "The Ultimate Fighter 13" coaches". Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- "Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos At June UFC PPV; No Interim Title on the Line". mmaweekly.com. January 11, 2011.
- "Brock Lesnar Fighting Diverticulitus Again; Shane Carwin Steps Up". MMAWeekly.com. May 12, 2011.
- "Shane Carwin Quickly Accepts Opportunity to Put Himself Back in Title Contention". MMAWeekly.com. May 12, 2011.
- "Former UFC Champ Brock Lesnar is MMA’s Top Dog on ESPN 30 Highest Paid Athletes List". MMAWeekly.com. April 20, 2011.
- "Brock Lesnar Declares He is Healthy, Ready to Reclaim UFC Title". MMAWeekly.com. August 18, 2011.
- Martin, Damon (September 6, 2011). "Brock Lesnar Faces Alistair Overeem on Dec 30 in Las Vegas". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- Wagenheim, Jeff (December 31, 2011). "Lesnar's career-ending UFC 141 uncharacteristic of MMA legend". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "Brock Lesnar retires after UFC 141 loss". ESPN Mixed Martial Arts. Associated Press. December 31, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "Alistair Overeem tests positive at surprise drug test". MMA Weekly. April 4, 2012.
- Beacham, Greg. "Ex-UFC champion Brock Lesnar finally rules out return to MMA". Associated Press. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- Caldwell, James (March 24, 2015). "WWE news: Huge Brock Lesnar Interview on ESPN SportsCenter – announces new deal with WWE, answers UFC question, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
- Schwartz, Nick. "WWE champ Brock Lesnar announces that he's not going back to UFC". usatoday.com. Gannett Company. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- "Flex Magazine summary (February 2004)". GetBig.com. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- "On Newsstands Now". Muscle and Fitness online. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
- Snyder, Matt (February 6, 2008). "The Real Brock Lesnar". City Pages. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
- "SmackDown Countdown: Brock Lesnar". IGN. Retrieved May 6, 2007.
- "WWE Crush Hour cheats". Game Winners. Retrieved May 6, 2007.
- "Madden NFL 06 cheats". GamesRadar. Retrieved May 6, 2007.
- "Wrestle Kingdom". National Console Support. Retrieved May 6, 2007.
- "MMA Clothing by UFC HW champion, Brock Lesnar". Mmaoverload.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
- Isayama, Hajime. "アクセス数がすごい！". 現在進行中の黒歴史. Hajime Isayama. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
- Kevin Iole. "Lesnar separates public from private".
- "Brock Lesnar arrested in January 2001". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- Stephane Massinon (December 15, 2011). "Ultimate fighter Brock Lesnar charged with illegal hunting practices". Calgary Herald. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- "UFC fighter Brock Lesnar pleads guilty to Alberta hunting charge". Globe and Mail (Canada). December 20, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- "Grappling with his future". ESPN. Retrieved May 7, 2007.
- "Sable and Brock Lesnar's Wedding". Love Tripper. Retrieved May 7, 2007.
- Cohen, Eric. "Sable". About.com. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
- "Brock Lesnar Craves Ultimate Vengeance". CRAVEONLINE. July 10, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
- "Reclusive Lesnar is alive and well". Yahoo! sports. January 25, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
- Martin, Adam (April 29, 2012). "Extreme Rules PPV Results – 4/29/12". Wrestleview. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Benigno, Anthony. "15 Superstars' "secret weapons" Brock Lock (Brock Lesnar)". WWE. Archived from the original on December 28, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- Johnson, Mike. "COMPLETE WWE EXTREME RULES PPV COVERAGE: CENA VS. BROCK IN DOUBLE JUICE BRAWL, NEW CHAMPIONS CROWNED, AWESOME TITLE BOUTS AND MORE". Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- Johnson, Mike. "COMPLETE WWE SUMMERSLAM 2012 PPV COVERAGE". Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- "wrestlingdata profile". Retrieved December 24, 2012.
- "The 10 coolest moves in WWE right now". WWE. September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
- Raw Five-Point Preview: June 29, 2015 by James Wortman:
The Architect changed many a mind last week on Raw, when he mended fences with his Authority allies and brutalized The Beast Incarnate.
Now that they have successfully transformed the unstoppable Anomaly into an underdog, The Authority's two heavy hitters, Rollins & Kane, will put their combined skills to the test against Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns in the main event of Raw.
- "Brock Lesnar's WWE.com Superstar page". Retrieved November 16, 2013.
It was The Anomaly who stood tall in the end.
- "Enforcer : a.k.a. Brock Lesnar's theme.". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
- "Bison Open Champions – Heavyweight". Bison Wrestling. November 15, 2007. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- Botter, Jeremy (January 4, 2009). "2008 Inside Fights MMA Awards". Insidefights.com. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- "Beatdown of the Year – Sherdog’s 2009 Misc. Awards". Sherdog.com. January 11, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
- Gross, Josh (December 22, 2008). "SI.com's 2008 MMA Awards". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- "2009 World MMA Awards live coverage". Sherdog.com. December 30, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
- Meltzer, Dave (January 26, 2011). "Biggest issue of the year: The 2011 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards Issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–40. ISSN 1083-9593.
- "PWI Feud of the Year" (in German). Cagematch.de. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- "PWI Match of the Year" (in German). Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- "PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year" (in German). Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- "PWI Wrestler of the Year" (in German). Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- "Wrestler of the Year". Pro Wrestling Illustrated 36 (2): 32–33. 2015.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 – 2003". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2008.
- "Observer: Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler)" (in German). Retrieved March 22, 2008e.
- "Observer: Best Feud Of The Year" (in German). Retrieved March 22, 2008.
- "Observer: Most Improved Wrestler" (in German). Retrieved March 22, 2008.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brock Lesnar.|
- Brock Lesnar's official Deathclutch website
- Professional MMA record for Brock Lesnar from Sherdog
- UFC profile
- Brock Lesnar's profile on WWE.com
- Brock Lesnar Profile at National (Amateur) Wrestling Hall of Fame
|14th UFC Heavyweight Champion
November 15, 2008 – October 23, 2010