A former WWE Superstar has discussed being told that they were not allowed to even lift Brock Lesnar off the mat during their match.
Brock Lesnar is now one of the biggest cross-sports stars of all time, capturing the UFC Heavyweight Championship in addition to his combined ten reigns as a world champion in WWE. But everyone starts somewhere and The Beast Incarnate is no different.
Back in late 2001, Lesnar had not yet debuted on WWE television and was a part of live events. During this time he tussled on a few occasions with veteran Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer was also one of Lesnar’s early opponents on Raw in July 2002 when Lesnar took the ECW original apart in a Singapore Cane match.
Appearing on the Busted Open podcast, former ECW World Champion Tommy Dreamer discussed his dealings with Lesnar and his frustration at being told he was no longer allowed to pick Lesnar up during their matches:
“I will never forget, I had a match with Brock Lesnar – I had a lot of matches with Brock Lesnar – the finish, he misses his big frigging 450 thing, feeds up, I go for the Death Valley, I got him set, lands on his feet, picks me up, F5. They love the match, and they were like, ‘You can’t pick him up and do that move.’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And this was early, like early me coming to WWE. And [they were] like, ‘Well, you can’t do it.'”
“I was like, ‘No, I did, check out the replay and go watch the match.’ Like, no, well, you can’t do it. And I’m getting mad at my producer, and I’m like, ‘I don’t understand what you’re saying,’ and he’s like, ‘Well, they don’t want you to do it.’ I was like, ‘Who’s they, tell me who they is?’ And they don’t have an answer.”