JR suggests Kurt Angle influenced Brock Lesnar into leaving WWE in 2004. The Beast Incarnate left the promotion to pursue a career in the NFL.
Brock Lesnar debuted in the WWE as the next big thing. WWE’s prophecy of their young talent would eventually come true and the beast incarnate is one of the biggest draw in all of combat sport. The road to success however, saw Lesnar go through a few lows too.
The NFL immdiately comes to mind. Lesnar was amazing at the NFL Combine. However, an unfortunate injury hampered his hopes of making it big in the sport. He was picked by the Minnesota Vikings but was released a month later. While speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross spoke on how Kurt Angle may have had a role inLesnar’s departure from WWE for the NFL.
JR suggests Kurt Angle influenced Brock Lesnar into leaving WWE in 2004
“Well, he was burned out. He was getting bad advice from some of his peers, I believe, and he had this dream of playing in the National Football League, and apparently, he had that dream for many, many years.”
JR claimed that either Curt Henning or Kurt Angle may have prodded Lesnar into pursuing his NFL dreams as a rib of sort.
“Well, I would say the Minnesota contingent. Maybe Perfect (Curt Hennig), maybe Kurt (Angle). He (Angle) knew that he could get you. And to see somebody rolled up in anxiety and angst, thanks to your prodding and your subtle positioning, was a rib. And some guys fell for it.”
The WWE is believed to have one of the most toxic work environment and JR reinforced the idea revealing that they would scout for weakeness and use it for a good laugh.
“If the boys see a weakness, and they see some little crack in the armor, because it was obvious that Lesnar had no cracks in the armor visibly, but emotionally and material-wise, he was in a world that he had not prepared for, ever in his life.”
“The talents have a way; they knew where Brock’s sensitivities were. I think a lot of guys took advantage of his naivety, in saying man, ‘Brother, you got screwed.'”
Lesnar has since come a long way. His NFL career may not have gone as he desired but his life has since worked out quite well. He remains the only person to win both the WWE and UFC Heavyweight Championships. He made a more than succesfull return to the WWE; headlining several Pay per views and winning the world title on several occasions.
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