5 former/current WWE Superstars who had backstage confrontations with Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar confronted several WWE Superstars
Brock Lesnar confronted several WWE Superstars

Throughout the past two decades, Brock Lesnar has got into a few backstage confrontations with some WWE Superstars.

The Beast Incarnate has been a top star since debuting on Monday Night RAW in March 2002. Lesnar was one of the youngest wrestlers on the roster back then. Nonetheless, he squared off against legends like Hulk Hogan, The Rock, and The Undertaker.

The 44-year-old didn't just go head-to-head with several top WWE Superstars inside the squared circle but also backstage. Despite his impressive wrestling abilities, Lesnar has always been a polarizing figure in WWE due to his personality. Throughout his WWE career, he got into a few backstage confrontations with his colleagues. He even had heated backstage arguments with The Chairman himself, Vince McMahon.

Here are five former/current WWE Superstars who had backstage confrontations with Brock Lesnar.

#5. Former WWE Superstar Chris Jericho

At SummerSlam in 2016, Brock Lesnar went one-on-one with Randy Orton. The match had a dramatic ending. The Beast Incarnate removed his gloves before viciously attacking The Viper with brutal elbow strikes and punches, leaving Orton bleeding in the middle of the ring. The referee announced Lesnar's victory via TKO.

Chris Jericho was one of the WWE locker room leaders at the time, and he was unpleased with how Lesnar and Orton's match ended. He voiced his frustration backstage and demanded answers about the finish of that match. Y2J's actions caught the eye of Lesnar, who dared the former WWE Champion to take action if he was unhappy.

Jericho then had a heated confrontation with Lesnar. It nearly got physical between the two superstars before Vince McMahon and Triple H interfered and ended the situation. Earlier this year, Jericho spoke about going head-to-head with The Beast Incarnate backstage after SummerSlam 2016 in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

"When you get into that moment, it is what it is. You either go for it, or you put your tail between your legs and hide, and I’ve never been that type of guy. I’m more of the type to die with boots on. So I’ve had my issues and shoots with MMA guys before, like that one with Brock Lesnar, and I survived by the skin of my teeth," he said.

Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho have never faced each other in WWE. In 2018, the two wrestlers were going to square off in a match. However, Vince McMahon decided to cancel the bout.

#4. WWE RAW Tag Team Champion Riddle

Two years ago, WWE RAW Tag Team Champion Riddle challenged Brock Lesnar to a match and promised to retire him. The Beast Incarnate was not pleased with the former United States Champion's words and decided to confront The Original Bro backstage at the 2020 Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on ESPN MMA in June 2020, Riddle revealed the details of his confrontation with Lesnar.

"Let's just say he came up to me with a security guard, not that he needed the security guard. He came up to me, put his arm around me and told me we were never going to work. So, I shouldn't mention his name or talk about him or anything like that. And I should not call him out on social media. And I said, 'Whatever you want, Bro.'"

Brock Lesnar and Riddle have lately been competing on different brands. The Beast Incarnate has feuded with Roman Reigns on SmackDown the past few weeks. He was recently suspended and fined for attacking Adam Pearce and other WWE officials.

Meanwhile, The Original Bro and his partner, Randy Orton, are the RAW Tag Team Champions. They recently defended their championships against Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.

#3. WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle was a top superstar when Brock Lesnar joined WWE in the early 2000s. Although they are now good friends, the two former amateur wrestlers' first encounter was anything but friendly.

"We got along really well, we didn’t know each other very well. But, you know, what happened was, and I don’t want to get deep into the story, but, Brock- someone asked him how you’d do against me in an amateur wrestling match and Brock said, 'I would crush him, I’m too big for him,'" Angle said on The Kurt Angle Show.

When the WWE Hall of Famer heard what Lesnar said, he decided to confront him backstage.

"So I approached Brock and said, 'So you said you could beat me in a wrestling match?' He said, 'Well, yeah'. And I said, 'Well, let's go right now.' And he said, 'No, no, I don’t want to get in the ring, I have my sandals on.' I said, 'Well, we'll wrestle barefoot.' And he said, 'No, I'm not gonna do that.' And I said, 'Well, just be careful what you say,'" Angle added.

Despite kicking off their relationship on the wrong foot, the two wrestlers later became close friends. According to Angle, his confrontation with the former Universal Champion broke the ice between them and made them more comfortable around each other. A couple of weeks later, they became travel partners.

Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle shared the ring several times in WWE as partners and opponents. They went one-on-one six times. The Beast Incarnate defeated The Olympic Gold Medalist in four matches and lost two.

#2. Former WWE Superstar Big Swole

Although she made only a few appearances in WWE, Big Swole (F.K.A. Aerial Monroe) is one of the superstars who had backstage confrontations with Brock Lesnar.

Last year, Swole revealed the details of her encounter with The Beast Incarnate backstage during an episode of Monday Night RAW.

"I was just being me the whole entire day, I’m just clowning with people I know and stuff like that,” Big Swole explained. “I see Brock Lesnar, and every time he walks past, all the extras, ‘Hello sir. Hello sir. Hello sir.’ Acting like they got some wedgies, acting all stuck up and stuff. I’m like, ‘he’s just a regular person. Stop bothering this man," she said on the AEW Unrestricted podcast,.

Swole then decided to go and confront the former WWE Champion. She walked up to him and told him that she could kick his butt.

"So the last person bothers him like, 'thank you so much. I walked up to him like, 'hey, Brock right?' He’s like, 'yeah.' I was like, 'I just want to let you know I can whoop your a**.' The fact that I had the balls to say that because I was like, 'I’m gonna make him laugh'. Because obviously, he was so pissed off with everybody stopping him 24/7, and he’s like, 'that’s funny. What’s your name?' I was like, 'oh, I’m Aerial.' He’s like, 'oh, OK. I’ll remember that. You can whoop my ass?' I was like, 'yeah I can whoop your ass.' He was like, 'OK. OK,' and he walks off," Swole added.

On the night she confronted Brock Lesnar, Swole went head-to-head with Nia Jax on WWE Monday Night RAW. The current AEW star suffered defeat to The Irresistible Force.

#1. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon has had multiple backstage confrontations with WWE Superstars in the past few years, including Brock Lesnar.

Six years ago, during a RAW show in Nashville on the road to WrestleMania 31, Lesnar reportedly got into a heated confrontation with McMahon. After a "shouting match" between him and The Boss, The Beast Incarnate walked out of the arena.

Arn Anderson, who was a WWE producer at the time, later spoke about the incident. He disclosed on his ARN podcast that Lesnar knew back then that both WWE and UFC wanted him, so he was trying to get the best deal for himself.

Nearly three years later, the former Universal Champion and The Chairman had another incident. Lesnar successfully defended his Universal Championship title against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34. He then walked backstage and threw his championship belt towards McMahon. The Boss responded by shouting back some expletives. The whole incident was taped and aired on an episode of WWE 24.


Despite going against The Chairman multiple times, Lesnar remains one of the top WWE Superstars. Following his recent return, he faced Roman Reigns in a Universal Title match at WWE Crown Jewel. Nonetheless, he lost the bout after interference from The Usos.

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Edited by Genci Papraniku