Brock Lesnar’s ill-fated Shooting Star Press from WrestleMania XIX is still remembered to this day – Jim Ross, however, wishes it wasn’t.
‘The Beast Incarnate’ had previously executed the move to perfection in Ohio Valley Wrestling but on ‘The Grandest Stage Of Them All’, Brock Lesnar almost caused serious harm to himself when he barely connected with the prone body of Kurt Angle.
Speaking on the latest Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross revealed how critical he is of the spot, which saw Lesnar effectively performing a Shooting Star Headbutt on the Olympic gold medalist:
“I don’t need to see a 300-pound man doing a Shooting Star Press, and when he did it at WrestleMania XIX, I was pissed. Why do it? It’s a spot. That’s all it is, and a guy that’s a national champion should be able to convincingly beat his adversary in various ways without risking his godd*amn career.”
This still makes us shake our heads in disbelief 😳
Brock Lesnar attempted the Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania XIX…
— WWE on BT Sport (@btsportwwe) March 25, 2022
Brock Lesnar ended up winning the WWE Championship from Kurt Angle, just two months after winning the 2003 Royal Rumble match. Lesnar was champion for 119 days in what was his second reign as WWE Champion, dropping it back to Angle at the Vengeance pay-per-view that July.
In total, Brock is a seven-time WWE Champion, with his most recent reign concluding at WrestleMania 38 when he lost to defending Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Lesnar’s longest reign with the title is 224 days between the 2014 SummerSlam and WrestleMania 31.
The former ‘Next Big Thing’ is currently slated to challenge ‘The Head of the Table’ for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam on Saturday, 30 July. This is being billed as their final encounter together, having shared a ring several times together since Reigns’ meteoric rise began.