Brock Lesnar is still one of WWE’s top draws, despite only making a handful of appearances each year.
In 2019, he wrestled a total of EIGHT times at big pay-per-view events including WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series.
The Beast is rarely seen on WWE television, so we shouldn’t be surprised about the fact he’s rarely seen in public, either.
He won’t normally do autograph signings or interviews, like most of his other colleagues do, for example.
While much of Lesnar’s life is hidden from the public eye, a number of crazy stories have surfaced about him over the years.
Here are some of our favourites.
Lesnar was nicknamed ‘broccoli’ as a child
That’s right, one of the planets most feared athletes once had a very embarrassing nickname.
Lesnar’s childhood friend Justin Gaikowski was once interviewed by WWE and revealed where ‘broccoli’ came from.
“I used to call him ‘Broccoli’. When you’re young, nobody likes to eat broccoli. I’d be like, ‘Hey, Broccoli! You’ve got bad taste!’”
He once suplexed an NFL rival
Brock had a short stint in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and he made quite an impression during a joint practice with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Former Vikings receiver Nate Burleson recalled: “Somebody cheap-shotted Daunte Culpepper late and Brock was like, ‘Who did it?’
“The next play, he went and suplexed the guy. He picked up a grown man after the play. It was a Royal Rumble: Minnesota versus Kansas City. … That was a nasty suplex on the football field.”
Brock paid to keep a bar open for WWE fans
Corey Graves claims Lesnar once paid to keep a bar open after WWE were forced to cancel a RAW show in 2015 due to a snowstorm.
“[Lesnar] allegedly paid a significant amount of money to keep the bar wide open for everybody to make sure they made the best of a crappy situation,” Graves said on his ATB Podcast.
“What a day. Not all bad things came from that snowstorm: fun memories, fun times but let’s hope RAW doesn’t get cancelled ever again.”
He was mistakenly arrested in 2001
Back in 2001, when he was still in WWE’s developmental territory OVW, Lesnar was arrested by police and charged with possession of steroids.
He was charged with trafficking in controlled substances but according to The Sun, was later exonerated four months later.
Lab tests later proved that the contents of the package were not steroids and The Beast was cleared of all wrongdoing.
Lesnar’s family live on a farm in Canada
Brock himself grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota and he wants his family to experience the same upbringing he had, to install a strong work ethic.
That’s why he lives with wife Rena Marlette Lesnar (former WWE star Sable) and his two sons on a farm in Maryfield, Canada.
Brock doesn’t like people
This one’s perhaps not surprising, but The Sun report Lesnar is a misanthrope – someone who ‘dislikes humankind and avoids human society’.
While he certainly portrays that character on TV, Brock also admitted to Stone Cold Steve Austin that: “I don’t like people. I wish I could say otherwise, but I just don’t.”
He often refuses to do autograph signings, public events and also has his own dressing room backstage.
Big Show once ‘exploded’ on him
This is somewhat of a famous story, but we’ll let podcast host Rod Pedersen explain it.
“Lesnar told the amusing, disgusting story of how, one night during a show in South Africa, The Big Show had food poisoning.
“Lesnar slammed him to the canvas and his opponent exploded with diarrhoea all over him!” Pretty gross, right?
He once refused a Japanese wrestling tradition
After his first stint in WWE, Lesnar spent some time in NJPW. He won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship during his debut but rejected one of the companies traditions.
NJPW bizarrely say that foreign grapplers wrestling for the first time must get slapped across the face by Japanese wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki.
As you can probably tell, that didn’t sit well with Lesnar. He wrote in his autobiography: “No one was going to slap me. Not Inoki. Not anyone. They got the point.”
It’s fair to say Lesnar has lived an interesting life.
From suplexing NFL rivals to refusing Japanese wrestling traditions, interesting stories seem to follow The Beast wherever he goes.
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