Brock Lesnar Praises Paul Heyman For Impact In WWE
Brock Lesnar has plenty of praise for the genius of Paul Heyman, and in particular for his influence on the wrestling business over the last year.
They may not be aligned on screen any more, but ‘The Beast Incarnate’ clearly has a lot of respect for Paul Heyman. Despite breaking in to WWE with the ECW founder at his side, Heyman was eventually left with a choice whether he stood at the side of Lesnar or Roman Reigns – and chose ‘The Head Of The Table’.
In an interview with Daniel Cormier, Brock Lesnar played along at the fact he never got his revenge on Heyman, but has a lot of time for the amount of hats he wears within the company at the moment.
I know, I know…man, that guy [laughs]. It’s been a crazy ride too when you think about it. I broke into this business with Paul Heyman as my mouthpiece. Here I am 23 years later, and I’m carrying my own shtick, so it’s crazy how things have evolved. I’m glad that I was [with Paul]. Without Paul Heyman this business wouldn’t be what it is. It really, it truly wouldn’t. Because, especially in the last year, Paul behind the scenes carries and does and wears a lot of hats for this company. He’s greatly respected and greatly appreciated.
Continuing on, Brock Lesnar admitted that he thought he had fully retired when he lost to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36, but Vince McMahon was able to draw him back in – as long as he agreed to one thing.
Yeah, it’s been really refreshing. In 2020 I retired and was gonna be just done. Cause I had my 20 years in. Covid hit, my contract was up. I had my very first wrestling match in Hamel, Minnesota, in an empty garage and there I was 20 years later, fighting Drew McIntyre in front of no people for the WWE Championship. I was like, ‘You know what, it’s came full circle,’ and I was truly done.
I grew my beard out, grew my hair out, and then my birthday came around and then the phone rang. It was Vince ‘what you doin’?’ and I’m like, ‘I’m just chillin’.’ Then it just kinda [happened]. We didn’t even have a game plan. I think it was SummerSlam and I flew down there, I said ‘If you wanna do this, let’s hash a deal out, I’d love to see it.’ So I flew down to Vegas and we’re off for the races. I was like, ‘I don’t want to cut my beard or cut my hair,’ and he’s like, ‘I love it.’ So here we are.
After picking up a victory over Omos at WrestleMania 39, Brock Lesnar teamed with Cody Rhodes on the Raw after WrestleMania to take on Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa – except he was to betray ‘The American Nightmare’, hitting him with an F5 on to the steel steps.
Brock Lesnar also discussed how he’d like to face WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther in the future, but he isn’t the one who makes the decisions about matches.
With thanks to SEScoops for the transcription.