Brock Lesnar is a beast, a physical phenom that defies absolutely all natural convention.
It's how he became an NCAA Heavyweight Champion, how he walked into the WWE and became the youngest Champion in the history of the famed. It's how he nearly made an NFL roster despite not playing football for years, and how he conquered the UFC Heavyweight division despite having little to no MMA training.
However, that doesn't mean that Lesnar isn't human. 'The Beast' absolutely is and has real human flaws, some of which he revealed in an interview with earlier this week.
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Speaking to Hannah Storm of ESPN, Lesnar spoke for the first time ever about how he suffered from substance abuse problems during his first stint in the WWE.
"I was on the road and I was injured and I was the champion and I didn't want to quit. I had a no-quit attitude," said Lesnar.
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Vicodin and Vodka
Apparently, that not wanting to quit attitude led to him abusing painkillers and alcohol as a form of respite from the gruelling physical toll the WWE puts on its wrestlers.
"Vicodin and vodka were my closest friends and my closest enemies."
Lesnar added that this was one of the main reasons why he chose to leave the WWE in the first place, because it had changed it and turned him into an addict.
"I had to get out of the wrestling business back then to save my life," he said. "I just wasn't happy. I wasn't happy at the time. I felt like a caged animal. I didn't want that."
Lesnar left the WWE in 2004 and, after a short stint with New Japan Pro Wrestling, left professional wrestling for good in 2007. His thrive to compete ultimately brought him into the UFC and made him one of its biggest stars. But it took the two-time NCAA All-American a few detours to get there.
Troubles with Dana
Apparently, that included having to actually accost Dana White just to get the UFC boss to talk to him and start returning his calls.
"I win my first MMA fight, Dana White won't take my phone calls from my lawyers and manager and so I said fine," Lesnar revealed. "Randy Couture was fighting Gabriel Gonzaga for the heavyweight title, so I said buy a ticket and we'll go to the show."
"And I bought a ticket, sat in the stands, watched the whole show and at the end of the show, I jumped the guard rail, escaped a few security guards, ran up and tapped Dana White on the shoulder and introduced myself, and that's where the ball got started rolling."
After all that, Lesnar finds himself back in the WWE with a match against Dean Ambrose slated at WrestleMania 32 this weekend. With his reduced schedule, Lesnar seems happier now than in previous years, which we hope remains the case.