Brock Lesnar is a 45-year-old professional wrestler from Webster, South Dakota. He is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Before signing with WWE in 2000, Lesnar was an amateur wrestler at Bismarck State College and Minnesota University. He then wrestled for the WWE’s developmental promotion, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he was a three-time tag team champion with Shelton Benjamin.
Brock Lesnar’s WWE Debut
Lesnar made his WWE main roster debut when he was 25 years old. Five months later, he won the WWE Championship becoming the youngest champion in the title’s history. His first WWE Championship reign lasted 83 days before being pinned for the first time by the Big Show. The following year at WrestleMania XIX, Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle to win his second WWE Championship title. His second reign lasted 118 days.
Lesnar left the WWE in 2004 to pursue a professional football career with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. He was cut before the 2004 season and returned to wrestling in 2005. Lesnar then wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling and Inoki Genome Federation. He won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on his debut match and is one of the few American wrestlers to hold this title.
In 2006, Brock Lesnar left wrestling again to pursue a career as a mixed martial artist. He initially signed with Hero’s in 2007 but joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) later that year. Lesnar defeated Randy Couture in a technical knockout in 2008 to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. After losing to Alistair Overeem in 2011, Lesnar retired from MMA.
Brock Lesnar’s Return to WWE
Lesnar returned to WWE in April 2012 and has since held the WWE Championship title seven times. He has also held the WWE Universal Championship three times.
Brock Lesnar came out of retirement in 2016 to fight Mark Hunt at UFC200. He defeated Hunt but Lesnar later tested positive for banned substances and had the result of his victory over Hunt changed to ‘no contest.’ Brock retired a second time from UFC.
In 2020, Lesnar entered the January Royal Rumble as entrant number one and proceeded to eliminate the first 13 contestants. As a result, this tied the record for the most eliminations in a rumble match. Drew McIntyre, the tournament’s eventual winner, eliminated Lesnar. WWE’s Super Showdown pay-per-view event in February saw Lesnar defeating Ricochet in 94 seconds to retain the WWE Championship.
At WrestleMania 36, Brock Lesnar’s fifth reign as WWE Champion ended when he was defeated by Drew McIntyre.
Brock Lesnar’s 2021 Return to WWE
Lesnar returned to WWE at SummerSlam 2021 and confronted Roman Reigns following the Universal Champion’s victory over John Cena. His last match was at WrestleMania 36 where he lost the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre. He reportedly signed a new WWE contract which guaranteed him at least eight matches over the next two years.
At the 2021 WWE Draft, it was revealed that Brock Lesnar had become a free agent thus allowing him to appear on any of the company’s brands. He then began appearing mostly on SmackDown. At WWE’s Crown Jewel event, he faced Roman Romans for the Universal Championship but lost due to interference from The Usos.
On the following episode of SmackDown, Lesnar started a locker room brawl with Reigns. This resulted in an indefinite suspension by on-air authority figure Adam Pearce, who Lesnar attacked afterwards. His suspension was lifted on November 26.
In early December 2021, it was announced that Lesnar would face Reigns again for the Universal title at the Day 1 event. But just an hour before Day 1, the match was canceled as it was revealed that Reigns contracted COVID-19. As a result, Lesnar was instead added to RAW’s WWE Championship match at the event to make it a fatal five-way match.
Brock Lesnar Wins WWE Championship at Day 1
At Day 1, Lesnar won his sixth WWE Championship, defeating Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley, and defending champion Big E, who he pinned. On the following episode of RAW, Lesnar reunited with his advocate Paul Heyman.
Lesnar lost the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2022 to Bobby Lashley after Roman Reigns interfered. In the 30-Man Men’s Royal Rumble match, Lesnar entered as the surprise 30th entrant and won, last eliminating McIntyre. He became the fourth person to win from the #30 spot (after The Undertaker in 2007, John Cena in 2008, and Triple H in 2016).
In what was his first time competing in an Elimination Chamber match, Lesnar won to win the WWE Championship for a seventh time by single-handedly eliminating all other opponents (Seth “Freakin” Rollins, AJ Styles, Riddle, and Austin Theory), except Lashley, who was removed early in the match due to a concussion protocol. This also converted his Universal Championship match against Reigns at WrestleMania into a Winner Takes All match. The following night on RAW, their Winner Takes All match was then stipulated as a title unification match. At the event, Lesnar lost the WWE title to Reigns in a unification match.
Lesnar Returns to WWE
After a two-month hiatus, Lesnar made his return after Reigns retained the Undisputed WWE Universal Title against Riddle on an episode of SmackDown. It looked like he wanted to let bygones be bygones, but it ended up with Lesnar hitting 3 F5s respectively on the Bloodline. This set up an eighth Premium Live Event match between Lesnar and Reigns at SummerSlam for the Undisputed WWE Universal Title. The match will be defended in a Last Man Standing match, with WWE billing it as the ultimate finale to this rivalry. At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar lost to Roman Reigns.
On the October 10th episode of RAW, Brock Lesnar made a surprise return, attacking United States Champion Bobby Lashley and injuring his shoulder before his scheduled title defense against Seth “Freakin” Rollins, resuming their feud. At Crown Jewel on November 5, Lesnar defeated Lashley despite Lashley dominating the majority of the match. Lesnar’s next appearance occurred on Raw Is XXX on January 23, 2023, where he caused Lashley to lose his United States Championship match.
At the Royal Rumble, Lesnar entered the Royal Rumble match at #12 but was eliminated by Lashley. At Elimination Chamber on February 18, Lesnar lost to Lashley by disqualification after he hit Lashley with a low blow and attacked both the referee and Lashley. On the February 20th episode of RAW, Omos challenged Lesnar to a match at WrestleMania 39. The following week on RAW, Lesnar appeared on the “VIP Longue” with Omos’ manager MVP. Brock Lesnar accepted the challenge, then proceeded to attack MVP with an F-5.SHOW LESS
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Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Collegiate wrestling
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- All-American | NCAA Division (1999, 2000)
- Heavyweight Champion | NCAA Division (2000)
- Big Ten Conference Champion (1999, 2000)
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- NJCAA All-American (1997, 1998)
- NJCAA Heavyweight Champion (1998)
- North Dakota State University Bison Tournament Champion (1997–1999)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Two successful title defenses
- Submission of the Night (1 time) vs. Shane Carwin
- Inoki Genome Federation
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (3 times)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE Championship (7 times)
- Royal Rumble (2022)
- Universal Championship (3 times)
- King of the Ring (2002)
- Money in the Bank (Men’s 2019)
- Royal Rumble (2003)