5 WWE Superstars that Brock Lesnar has legitimately hit
Brock Lesnar has been nicknamed 'The Beast Incarnate' and it's easy to understand why the former WWE Champion was the Superstar who was chosen to end The Undertaker's undefeated streak back at WrestleMania 30. It should also come as no surprise that Lesnar has since had numerous World Championship reigns.
Recent feuds with the likes of Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman have shown that Lesnar is not shy of using his MMA background to his advantage in the ring.
The fact that Lesnar is also a former UFC Champion and has a background in amateur wrestling would be enough for many men to step aside and allow him to go about his business. Over the years, there have been many men both inside and outside of WWE's ring who have been legitimately struck by the former Universal Champion.
#5. Chris Jericho
Back at SummerSlam in 2016, Brock Lesnar faced off against Randy Orton in a match that quickly turned into a bloodbath. Orton was legitimately busted open by Lesnar, who continued to deliver elbow strikes to his head in order for the match to be stopped. Lesnar was awarded the victory by TKO.
When Lesnar made his way back through the WWE curtain, Jericho was waiting for him. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer noted that Jericho wanted to check on Orton who suffered a legitimate concussion in the match - and asked Michael Hayes if that was the agreed finish of the bout without a response.
Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Lesnar got annoyed with Jericho loudly calling the finish of the match "bull****" backstage. This led to Lesnar telling Jericho to mind his own business, which spurned more questions from 'Y2J'.
Lesnar reportedly then shoved Jericho, who then got into straight back in Lesnar's face. Shortly afterward, Lesnar kissed Jericho on the forehead and said: "kiss me back p****."
Jericho wasn't backing down and was ready to fight, but Lesnar was ushered away after Triple H and Vince McMahon got in the middle of the pair. TalkSPORT reported that Jericho was the one that McMahon blamed for the altercation, apparently feeling that he should have acted more professionally.
#4. The Big Show
The Big Show has become a legend in a WWE ring over his long career, but it appears that there was a time when fellow Superstars would still play pranks on him. Matt Morgan recently joined Wrestling Inc's podcast where he talked about his time in WWE's developmental program.
Morgan recalled a time, back in November 2003, when JBL goaded Brock Lesnar into tackling Big Show backstage following a WWE house show. 'The World's Largest Athlete' had just finished his match against JBL when Lesnar tackled him as he stepped through the curtain, something that Morgan said he later felt bad about:
“Anyways, we’re on a house show doing this, and Big Show had just turned babyface, and we’re on the show. He wrestles JBL that night, gets done with his match, JBL comes back to the curtain, Big Show is still doing his babyface crap in the ring with the fans, and JBL goes to Brock. He goes, ‘You know, I bet, you son of a b—h, don’t got a hair on your ass that you won’t full on tackle The Big Show when he brings his fat ass back here.’ Sure enough, Big Show comes through the curtain. He’s soaking wet with sweat and he’s breathing heavy from a hard match, he’s not expecting this. Dude, and all of a sudden he was just like, ‘Huh, huh, huh,’ [Lesnar] bulldozes him across the linoleum floor. Form tackles, like a spinebuster, Big Show right on to the linoleum floor."
Morgan explained that The Big Show was angry and quite upset after it happened since it was so unexpected, but it was soon dismissed as one of the many pranks that WWE Superstars often pull on each other.
#3. Mr. Perfect
The 'Plane Ride From Hell' has become one of the most infamous WWE stories in history. Regrettably, it was also a night that cost former Intercontinental Champion 'Mr. Perfect' Curt Hennig his job with WWE after a scuffle with Brock Lesnar.
The flight from London to New York took off back in May 2002 and both Hennig and Lesnar were on board. After a few drinks, Hennig would challenge Lesnar to an amateur wrestling match right there on the plane. Both men were confident in their amateur wrestling ability and so the contest was soon on.
Lesnar was a little more hesistant to participate than Hennig, but was goaded into the fight by others on the plane, where he was apparently easily able to take down the WWE Hall of Famer on more than one occasion.
The scuffle took a frightening turn as the two men headed towards the emergency exit door, which was when Paul Heyman and Finlay stepped in.
There are some reports that suggest that Lesnar actually picked Hennig up and slammed him into the exit door, but this story hasn't been confirmed by any of the wrestlers who were actually on the plane at the time.
#2. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle is an Olympic Gold medalist, so when Brock Lesnar was christened as "The Next Big Thing" in WWE and immediately seen as one of the toughest guys in the locker room shortly after his arrival, Angle decided that he wanted to put this to the test.
Even though Lesnar was able to defeat Angle to win the WWE Championship in the WrestleMania 19 main event, Angle said that he was eager to see what the outcome would be in a match between the two men that wasn't predetermined.
This led to a shoot wrestling match between the two Superstars in the WWE locker room, a contest that Angle was able to win, as he later explained on Ring Rust Radio:
“When I did wrestle Brock, the rumors fly around, but it was a very close match. Basically, whoever got the first takedown in the match it was going to be over and I, fortunately, got that takedown. It lasted 15 minutes and we went at it for a long time. I knew I would beat Brock. There’s a difference between a NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist even if I did give up 80 pounds. Brock was about 310 pounds back then and I was about to 225, but I’ve always wrestled guys that size. I wrestled heavyweight in college, so I wasn’t new to it.”
As two of the most decorated amateur wrestling stars in WWE history, Lesnar and Angle were always going to be natural rivals. It is pretty wild, though, that the pair actually mixed it up for real. Their meeting will be the stuff of locker room legend for years to come.
#1. Braun Strowman
Perhaps the most famous time that former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar has ever lost his cool in the middle of a WWE match was back at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in 2018 when he took on Kane and Braun Strowman.
Strowman was still considered a rookie in some ways when was put in the ring against Kane and Lesnar in a WWE Universal Championship match. Strowman's relative lack of experience showed when Lesnar had to punch 'The Monster Among Men' in the face and tell him to slow down at the beginning of the match.
Braun hit Brock in the face with a stiff knee - and it did not take Lesnar long to respond. Lesnar delivered a hard fist to the face of Strowman, sending quite the warning.
This was something that many fans and journalists picked up on during the match, but Strowman explained to TalkSPORT that the former WWE Champion actually laughed about the incident backstage afterward.
“We laughed about it afterward, It is what it is. We got to the back and I said ‘Hey, my bad,’ he said the same thing and we went about our business. We’re both grown-ups, we both knew what we were getting into and at the end of the day, we’re both very dominant males and neither of us wanted to give in an inch, so in the end, we took an inch from each other."
Although the two men laughed about the situation following the match, you would think Braun might think twice about striking Lesnar for real in the future.