Brock Lesnar is one of WWE’s biggest stars on the current roster. The former UFC Champion has had several unforgettable moments inside a WWE ring during his career. While WWE has provided the Beast Incarnate with everything possible, there was a time when both parties were not on the same page.
Lesnar left the WWE in 2004 to pursue his dream of playing football in the NFL. His football career ended prematurely after he suffered an injury. Following his recovery, Lesnar decided to go back to Vince McMahon’s promotion but his contract demands were not met.
New Japan Pro Wrestling was interested in hiring the star but WWE had a non-compete clause in his previous contract. The clause forbade Lesnar from competing in any other wrestling promotions in the world until 2010.
The Beast Incarnate sued the WWE to remove the non-compete clause. Both parties then reached an agreement and Lesnar went on to compete at NJPW. He also won the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship during his time in Japan.
The Beast Incarnate finally made his return to the WWE in 2012 by attacking WWE’s top star John Cena. Lesnar won multiple World Championships after his return to the company. He’s currently one of WWE’s highest-paid superstars.
Brock Lesnar’s relationship with Vince McMahon after the incident
Vince McMahon and Brock Lesnar have had an up-and-down relationship throughout the years. While both of them were able to resolve their issues after the non-compete clause incident, the two larger-than-life personalities have reportedly been involved in multiple heated exchanges backstage.
In a behind-the-scenes video footage after WrestleMania 34, Lesnar was seen throwing the Universal Championship at McMahon due to frustrations over his booking decisions. Despite such incidents, both of them share a good relationship with each other.
In an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Lesnar revealed that Vince McMahon was like a father figure to him. The Beast Incarnate even walked out in the middle of a show after he heard the news about Vince McMahon’s retirement last year.
“Vince [McMahon] and I have had a love/hate relationship for the last 20 years, but it’s been good. We’ve got a lot of water under the bridge. I look at Vince more as a father figure, actually, because I’ve learned a lot of things from him.” Lesnar said.
Lesnar recently lost against his rival Bobby Lashley by disqualification at Elimination Chamber Premium Live Event. As of now, his opponent at WrestleMania 39 is unclear.