August 21, 2003
The Next Big Thing Arrives
March 18, 2002
The legend of Brock Lesnar began during, of all things, a WWF Hardcore Title Match. The Monday Night Raw after WrestleMania, Hardcore Champion Maven was defending the belt against Al Snow, when Lesnar came to ringside and obliterated both men (as well as Spike Dudley), signalling he had arrived.
Whenever Brock Lesnar calls himself "one in a million".... he's not exactly lying.
Just shy of 40, The Beast Incarnate has captured WWE's main Championship an impressive five times (including his current reign as Universal Champion), all despite spending less than 10 years in the company since 2002. And for the past five years, he's only competed sporadically.
In addition, Lesnar captured the highest accolades in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Ultimate Fighting Championship and New Japan Pro Wrestling -- three very different types of combat sports - and did so in dominating fashion.
How unique was the moment?
What impact did it ultimately have on Brock Lesnar (and other people's) career?
What legacy did it leave in the wrestling industry?
One note: We are NOT including anything in Lesnar's career that happened outside of professional wrestling. So if you're looking for his UFC exploits.... you won't find them here.
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A year before making their way to the bright lights of WWE, both Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were a tag team in the OVW developmental system, known as The Minnesota Stretching Crew. Lesnar, with Benjamin, defeated OVW Tag Team Champions The Disciples of Synn to capture his first title belt.
Minnesota Stretching Crew
February 13, 2001
On the second day of New Japan Pro Wrestling's New Japan Cup show, Brock Lesnar defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Giant Bernard (a/k/a Matt Bloom). While a Lesnar vs. A-Train match may not seem like a big deal, it was the first time two Americans battled over the prestigious IWGP title.
Tired of being ignored by WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman decided to pay The Game a visit in his Stamford, Connecticut offices. Barging their way past everyone, Lesnar and Heyman trashed Triple H's desk, walls, computer, shelves and keepsakes, sending a very clear message.