Brock Lesnar is one of WWE’s biggest stars, and with that reputation comes a large amount of influence backstage.
It also appears that Lesnar isn’t afraid to use that influence when he sees fit. Backstage figure Road Dogg recently revealed that The Beast asked for Jinder Mahal to lose the WWE Championship in 2017 so that he could face AJ Styles at that year’s Survivor Series.
While that change may have been popular with fans, there has often been criticism for management across a number of wrestling companies for allowing wrestlers to call the shots. In WCW it was common place for wrestlers to be involved in creative, while it was noted that stars such as Hulk Hogan had a great deal of control over their matches. Kevin Nash also had a stint working as a booker for the promotion.
Brock Lesnar Isn’t Afraid To Exercise His Creative Control
During a recent episode of his Strictly Business podcast, former WCW boss Eric Bischoff was asked about the subject of creative control. The question was related to Brock Lesnar’s defeat of WWE Champion Kofi Kingston in under 10 seconds on SmackDown in October 2019.
Bischoff stated that Lesnar is someone who has creative control and uses “the hell out of it”
“Anybody that buys into the narrative that I let talent run creative [in WCW] and I gave everybody creative control. Let me tell you something, Brock Lesnar has creative control! And he exercises the hell out of it, like the hell out of it!”,
Brock Lesnar hasn’t appeared for WWE since defeating Bobby Lashley at Crown Jewel in November, 2021. However, it has been hinted that he could be back for the Royal Rumble on January 28th.
H/t to Essentially Sports