A former WWE star has talked about what it was like for him to use the F5 at a time when Brock Lesnar was away from the company.
When Brock Lesnar made his WWE main roster debut in March 2022 on Raw following that year’s WrestleMania, he became one of the fastest superstars in the history of the company. Five months later, Lesnar was in the main event of SummerSlam 2022 beating The Rock to become the WWE Champion when Lesnar was just 25 years old.
The move that Brock Lesnar beat The Rock with was the F5, which is a reference to an F5 tornado because when Brock Lesnar does the move, he spins his opponent off the shoulders and onto the mat. Lesnar continues to use the F5 with great efficiency more than 20 years after his debut.
In 2004 after WrestleMania 20, Brock Lesnar left WWE for eight years due to being frustrated with the WWE lifestyle.
In an interview with Chris Van Vliet Insight on YouTube, former WWE and TNA wrestler Matt Morgan recalled when Vince McMahon told him to start using the F5 at a time after Lesnar had left the company.
“So funny story. I always felt like Vince (McMahon) called me into his office to tell me that was going to be my new finisher. And it was right, I always felt it was kind of like a shot to Brock at this point. Now I get called back up to SmackDown, black dyed hair, stuttering Matt Morgan, right, with the black trunks. And anyways, he [Vince] called me into his office and said that he wants me to use the F5 as a finish and could I do it? And I said sure no problem.”
“But in the back of my head, I kind of thought that was a shot at Brock because he had just, you know, not too long ago quit their company to go and try out for the NFL. And I kind of thought that was maybe a dig at him because I was close with Brock at the time.”
Morgan worked for WWE from 2003 until he was released in July 2005 so he was there before Brock Lesnar left WWE as well. They were even on the same team at Survivor Series 2003.
“My first time I got called up, I rode with him a couple of times. He told me anything I ever needed come to him with, and I did my first time I got called up. We had that Danny Davis Ohio Valley Wrestling connection together. But anyways, my first time doing the F5 was to The Big Show, that was the very first time I ever tried to do the F5.”
“So when they said can you do it? Yes, sir. No problem. But then, you know, you hope Big Show will help you get, you know, get his big butt up, things like that when you deliver the move. But, you know, we pulled it off, luckily.”
“And at the time, I’m pretty sure I was only the third time to lift, the third time, I and pretty sure I was only the third person to lift Big Show up on their shoulders, at least in a WWE ring. Cena did it and I know Brock did, I was the third.”
Following his WWE career, Morgan would go on to work for TNA Wrestling from 2007 to 2013.