Taking his place at the top of the WWE roster, Brock Lesnar is billed as an unstoppable force, incapable of being defeated.
But, whilst his wrestling peers have struggled to beat The Beast Incarnate since his return to the WWE ring in 2012, Lesnar has now revealed that he came within minutes of having his fighting career ended by a doctor back in 2011.
Speaking during his hugely anticipated appearance on Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast last night, Lesnar opened up about how close he came to having to call time on his career as he battled with diverticulitis.
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As relayed by NoDq.com, the 38-year-old explained that, with his fever sky high and surgery likely required to fix the serious colon inflammation, doctors had allotted eight hours for his fever to drop otherwise they would have to perform an operation that would have ended his career.
The Superstar, then fighting in the UFC, admitted to Austin that he had gone in for surgery believing that his career was over. But, when he awoke, it became apparent that his fever had dissipated "right before they were going to cut him open."
As it turns out, what was certainly a close call for Lesnar actually had its benefits for the WWE Universe.
According to Lesnar, had he not contracted diverticulitis then he would likely still be "banging heads" in UFC, and may not have returned to the WWE at all.
Fortunately for WWE fans, the wrestler is now fighting fit. And, with a climactic match against The Undertaker at Hell in a Cell now just days away, it looks like he is back to his dominant best.
WWE fans: Is Lesnar the best wrestler in the WWE right now? Should he beat The Undertaker? Have your say in the comments below...
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