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Wrestling: Brock Lesnar
Lesnar's new (ca. 2014) motto

Brock Lesnar, born 1977, is a professional wrestler and former MMA fighter. Lesnar won the NCAA Amateur Wrestling Heavyweight Championship in 2002, before debuting with WWE in 2002. He left WWE in 2004, after winning three WWE Championships, to try out for American football. He played pre-season for the Minnesota Vikings, but was cut before the regular season began. He then returned to wrestling and went on to win the New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Heavyweight Championship. After moving to Mixed Martial Arts, Lesnar won the UFC World Heavyweight Title in 2008 from Randy Couture, later losing it to Cain Velasquez in 2010. He served as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Junior Dos Santos.

Lesnar returned to the WWE on the April 2, 2012 episode of WWE Raw, when he came out and hit John Cena with the F-5.

In 2014, Lesnar defeated the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30, beating 'Taker's previous 21-0 streak at the show.

The Other Wiki has a more extensive article on his life and career.

"Here come the tropes!":

  • And Starring: The April 30, 2012 show saw "WWE Raw Supershow starring Brock Lesnar". Then a week later Triple H showed up and put a stop to it.
  • Arch-Enemy: Kurt Angle in pro wrestling, possibly Frank Mir in MMA.
  • Awesome McCoolname: It sounds so perfect for his image that it might be a shock to find he was born with it.
  • Ax-Crazy: As a result of being "brainwashed" by Vince McMahon.
  • Badass: Won his first WWE Title (from The Rock) five months after his WWE debut, won his IWGP Title in his first match for the company, won his UFC Title in his third UFC fight (and fourth MMA fight in general), and on top of it all, he broke the Streak!.
    • Badass Beard: The "mountain man" look he sported in the run up to his fight with Cain Velasquez.
    • Badass Boast: "I am the Next Big Thing!" Also doubles as his Red Baron.
    • During the 2004 No Way Out intro he uttered this epic line:
    Brock Lesnar: I've beaten legends, great ones, phenoms! You are no one!
  • Berserk Button: Don't slap him in the face, as John Cena discovered the hard way.
  • Blood Is the New Black: After busting Spanky open, Brock found Spanky's blood on his chest and then started headbutting Spanky's open would till he was brown with dried blood.
  • Blood Knight: Well, arguably anybody that competes in UFC has to be a bit of one, but he brought it into WWE with him as well.
    "What makes me happy? ....Beating people up. That's what makes me happy."
  • Big "Shut Up!": His first line (Not counting a UK-exclusive PPV) on WWE television was to interrupt Paul Heyman mid-rant by screaming "SHUT UP PAUL!" at him.
  • Book Ends: Debuted in WWE on March 18th 2002, the night after WrestleMania X8, and made his final appearance for the company at WrestleMania 20.
    • And then he returned to WWE in 2012, on the episode of Raw airing April 2 & the night after WrestleMania 28, providing another book end.
  • Boring, but Practical: Lesnar's new Signature Move, the Kimura, would be more suited to the days of Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund (and probably has been used by one of them) and looks out of place beside flashier moves of today. However, it can cripple someone in real life.
  • Born Winner: See Badass.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: In his heel runs.
  • The Brute: During his first heel run, with Paul Heyman as his manager and mouthpiece.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returned to Raw, April 2, 2012 and laid out Cena with an F5.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: Particularly in his days in WWE, he seemed impossibly strong, even able to hoist the 500 pound Big Show around with ease. This is actually Truth in Television. As far back as middle school, Lesnar is noted to have been freakishly strong. Like many Strongman competitors, he grew up on a farm, and became accustomed to lifting heavy loads (such as young calves) and developed an iron-clad work ethic. It's best described by the man himself in a UFC Countdown video.
    Brock Lesnar: (in response to how training for MMA differs from professional wrestling) I learned early on that I don't need to lift 500 or 600 pounds once. I need to be able to press 250 pounds as many times in a row as I need.
  • Combat Pragmatist: (read: wants to cause as much pain as possible, rules be damned.)
  • Commuting on a Bus: His current run in the WWE has been this.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: When he broke the streak, the fans looked like the ring had just exploded while they watched in silent disbelief.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable/Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Ended The Undertaker's WrestleMania winning streak cleanly. Repeat. He ended the Streak
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "This is a real feeling that you're feeling because I can feel it! I'm the reason you're feeling the way that you're feeling right now, John."
  • The Dragon: To Vince McMahon following his Face-Heel Turn in 2003.
    • John Laurinaitis tried to make him this, but it backfired.
  • The Dreaded: CM Punk said it best — Brock's greatest weapon has never been any of his physical gifts, but the sheer fear all of his opponents had for him, whether they showed it or not.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: His sword tattoo looks like a little too much like another type of sword...
  • Establishing Character Moment: Upon his first re-appearance on WWE, he makes a beeline straight for the ring and delivers an F5 to John Cena.
    • Even further than that, his debut? Running into a hardcore match and pounding Al Snow, Maven Huffman, and Spike Dudley into the mat like they were dolls while hardly breaking a sweat. To further drive the point home, Maven was the Hardcore champion, and this was when the 24/7 rule (so long as a WWE official was present, the Hardcore title could be defended at any moment) was in effect, meaning, in kayfabe, he could have pinned Maven and won the Hardcore Title in his first ever TV appearance if he had wanted.)
  • Easily Forgiven: After ending the streak, you'd think he'd have heel hear forever. But once it was leaked that he will be facing John Cena for the WWE World Title at Summer Slam 2014, there are a group of fans rooting for him. People even started chanting "We Want Lesnar" on the Raw after Money in the Bank. So either people are over the streak ending or they just want Lesnar to take the titles from Cena.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones / Villainous Friendship: Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman seem to be each others only friend in the business, and have a genuine respect for one another. If someone looks like they are getting in Heyman's face, here comes Brock to step up and protect his manager.
    • Kayfabe-wise Heyman has some other friends. They just haven't appeared on WWE programming since he came back.
    • Even Heyman will step in to protect Lesnar, knowing full well that he doesn't stand a chance against any kind of wrestler. This was shown in the 2013 Extreme Rules match against Triple H where he runs into the cage where Trips has Brock in a submission he has no chance of escaping, without so much as a weapon, just to get him to let go. Afterwards, he wills himself up just long enough to get a cheap shot on Hunter and gives Lesner the victory. If they weren't heels at the time, that would have been a touching Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Evil Plan: His main objective in Extreme Rules 2012 was to hurt John Cena. Which he did.
  • Eviler than Thou: John Laurinaitis tried to bring him in as The Dragon, but Lesnar turned the tables and bullied him into giving him whatever he wanted.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: The 2014 Royal Rumble saw Lesnar likely exceed WWE's yearly chair shot quota all over The Big Show's back - breaking three chairs in the process.
  • Farm Boy: In South Dakota.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: His (ongoing) battle with diverticulitis has hindered his MMA career quite badly, leading to his retirement.
  • Groin Attack: Has no qualms about running up behind someone (say, John Cena for example) and kicking him right in the balls.
  • Hero Killer: He pretty much became professional wrestling's biggest by ending the Streak, clean.
  • Humiliation Conga: First he gets tackled by Goldberg at the 2004 No Way Out during his title defense against Eddie Guerrero. Then Guerrero performs a frog splash onto his injured body and pins him to become the WWE Champion. Then Goldberg defeats him in their grudge match at WrestleMania XX (which was, not incidentally, both men's last match in WWE) - and finally, just to twist in the knife, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin "stuns" both him and Goldberg to massive cheers from the crowd. Then he attempts to break into the NFL and fails, and then he attempts a return to the WWE but is turned away, and then he tries to wrestle in Japan but can't get out of his no-compete clause... It took awhile for Brock to get back on his feet.
  • Ironic Echo: Lesnar dominates his UFC debut match with Frank Mir but gets caught via an inexperienced mistake and loses the match. Fast forward to 2012: it happens to him again in his WWE return match against the now-veteran John Cena, destroying him for 20 minutes before running into a chain-wrapped fist.
  • It's Personal: He and Paul Heyman seemed to be doing everything in their power to make his feud with Triple H this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be a Jerk Jock at his worst, but is a cool guy if you don't diss him. He seems to have become this especially after hard fought win against Carwin and losing title to Velasquez.
    • For all the bridges he's burned in his career (most notably with the WWE), he's done well to rebuild many of them, or keep himself from burning any more. He still praises the people who helped him get where he is today, and gives credit where it is due...unless you are Frank Mir.
    • According to reports, he personally thanked The Undertaker after their WMXXX match; this after a long-standing feud between the two after Brock felt Taker was always reluctant to put him over.
  • Knight of Cerebus: During his second WWE run.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Lesnar is known for both his extreme size and and surprising quickness in the UFC. Seanbaby wrote in this article): "Brock Lesnar is a human cheat-code. He is 300 pounds of muscle and judging by the way he darts around, I don't think mass and inertia were properly explained to him."
    • And, of course, he was one in WWE first.
    • Once during a replay on Raw, he was shown standing in the ring, and then outside the ring attacking 3MB, with no clipping. The camera had just turned away from Brock for around a second and when it came back Brock was beating up 3MB on the floor.
  • Likes Older Women / May-December Romance: His wife Rena (the former Sable) is 10 years his senior.
  • Minnesota Nice: Subverted, big time.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: On June 6, 2014, Brock Lesnar entered his 362nd scripted wrestling match and obtained his 262nd predetermined victory in such events. The entire world proceeded to collectively lose its shit.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: A lot of his matches against weaker opponents like Zach Gowen turn into this (also when he threw Gowen down a flight of stairs). But then he upped it to 11 when he did it in his return match to John Cena, putting on such a vicious beatdown that even the usual split-for-Cena crowd started to rally behind John towards the end of the match.
  • Only in It for the Money: Lesnar was always rather upfront about the fact that his true passion was football and his real dream was to play for the NFL, but he went to WWE because "that's where the money was." During his 2012 return, this was a major aspect of his character. His honesty is magnified in his autobiography, where he clearly states that he is a "business" man who will show up to work if the price is right, even if it is for one night of easy work (like his first MMA fight).
    • After April 6, 2014, this is now the reason Lesnar is coming under ferocious levels of X-Pac Heat from fans all over the place, as they don't believe he deserved to be the one to end the Streak, due to the fact that he's got no love for the industry or the fans. His attitude of being in it only for the money was hyped up by Heyman on Raw the following night. Fans were not willing to forgive him for it. And probably aren't likely to ever do so. No word on whether or not his relationship with Undertaker has worsened or not due to this, either, but given their apparent real life animosity, it's not hard to imagine that being the last nail in the coffin, preventing any kind of civility between them. Taker was (rightfully) very proud and protective of that Streak.
      • In kayfabe the above spoiler-marked portion may be true, but in real life, it couldn't be further from. With regards to the animosity between Taker and Lesnar, it's safe to say that that's been quashed. Not only had Undertaker been pegging Brock to be the streak-ender since late 2010 (which may add a new dimension to the whole "wanna do it?" thing after Brock's loss to Cain Velasquez), but when Undertaker was driven to the hospital due to a severe concussion he suffered mid-match as Heyman mentioned in his Worked Shoot on TV the following night, not only did Vince McMahon go with him, so did Lesnar and Heyman themselves, who left out this last detail on Raw for obvious reasons.
  • Phrase Catcher: Tazz liked to shout "Here comes the pain!" whenever Lesnar made his entrance (and was later the subtitle for the fifth game in the SmackDown! series), as well as his DVD.
  • Power Stable: "Team Lesnar" with The Big Show, Matt Morgan, Albert and Nathan Jones, all managed by Paul Heyman, though the name was only used officially at Survivor Series 2003. He also runs Death Clutch Gym, MMA camp for heavyweight fighters.
  • Psycho for Hire: A mercenary at heart who relishes in conquering things, dishing out pain, and getting paid in the process.
  • Rated M for Manly: Especially in WWE.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Essentially, his gimmick during his return tour has been as an MMA fighter. He even seemed to trade in the F5 (which he had no problem doing, as he showed John Cena immediately) for the Boring, but Practical Kimura lock.
  • Red Baron: The Next Big Thing, The Anomaly, The Beast Incarnate, The Conqueror, The Carnivore, The Human Cheat-Code, The Conqueror of The Streak, The One in 21-1
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: "My client, Brock Lesnar, conquered the streak!"
  • Rogues Gallery: In his initial WWE run he had constantly clashed with Kurt Angle, The Big Show, John Cena, Chris Benoit and The Undertaker.
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: Ironically, WWE had originally gone to the University of Minnesota to sign Lesnar's teammate Shelton Benjamin, not Lesnar himself.
  • Shout-Out: His Tag Team in WWE's developmental program OVW with Shelton Benjamin was called the Minnesota Stretching Crew, based on the old school team the Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene/Lars/Ole/Arn Andersons).
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Well, more like Big Name Bigger Ego, but this is pretty much his gimmick since his 2012 WWE return i.e. the inherent belief that he should be waited upon hand and foot and have everything handed to him right when he asks.
  • Smug Super: Lesnar can kick anyone's ass six ways from Sunday and has the arrogance and bravado to show for it.
  • Take Over the World: Between his "Conqueror" tagline and the time he tried to make Monday Night Raw "Starring Brock Lesnar", he's as close as a part-time wrestler is gonna get to making this trope a goal.
  • Take That, Audience!: After his underwhelming WrestleMania XX match with Goldberg, Lesnar gave the MSG crowd a one finger salute for the X-Pac Heatnote  they gave him (and Goldberg) earlier.
  • Underwear of Power: In his initial WWE run. Since his WWE return, he is seen wearing an MMA gear (Shorts and Fingerless Gloves) with boots during his first match.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Not so much when he speaks (although his voice is maybe a tad higher than one would expect from a testosterone-fueled musclehead) but whenever he tries to yell. The screeching tires sound that issues from his throat has become the stuff of memetic legend.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Lesnar doesn't react well to getting punched in the face. Note that he is never knocked down or knocked out (he took a freakish amount of punishment in his fight with Shane Carwin), but when someone gets through and lands a hit he tends to backpedal away.
    • Came into play in his return match at Extreme Rules 2012 when Cena manage to overcome a then-Curb-Stomp Battle with a shot to the face of a leaping Lesnar with his chain wrapped around his fist, which stunned Lesnar enough to allow Cena to get the AA on the steel steps for the improbable, even by his standards, win.
    • Came up again during his match with Triple H at SummerSlam. While not as one sided as his match with Cena, he was dominating for most of the brawl until Triple H managed to get a hard strike on his stomachnote  at which point Brock promptly doubled over in pain and was staggering for the rest of the match.
  • Worked Shoot: His confrontation with The Undertaker at UFC 116. It never lead anywhere, as there is simply no way Dana White would let Lesnar appear for any other fighting or pseudo-fighting organization while he's still under UFC contract.
    • Ironically, the two would have a completely unrelated one-month feud in his WWE return resulting in Brock breaking the streak cleanly, and Heyman throwing on a Worked Shoot the following night in which he verbally showed up everyone from both the fans and the industry who did not like Lesnar's victory while simultaneously convincing them to hate it even more.
  • Wrestling Monster: Less out-there than most of them, but there isn't really any other way to justify the way he completely no-sold weapons used by, among others, the Hardyz during his rampages. An especially notable case in that he doesn't have any Halloween or otherwise gimmicky effects to his character: his sheer physical prowess and attitude alone causes this trope.
  • You Are Already Dead: In his fight against Alistair Overeem, he provided a great example of this reaction. He got hit with a thunderous kick to the liver, took two steps back and then doubled over in pain, unable to continue. To anyone unfamiliar with the physiology, this might have looked suspicious, but fighters who have taken clean shots to the liver say that it does take a second or two for the pain and shock to register. At that point, according to former UFC fighter Scott Smith, "You feel like you're gonna die."

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