Brock Lesnar has wrestled and defeated some of the biggest names that the industry has ever seen. Since The Beast made his debut in 2002 he has gotten the better of the likes of The Rock, Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Roman Reigns and more.
However, prior to January 2022, one man that Lesnar had never faced was Bobby Lashley. For years, fans had called for the match to be made citing the similarities between the two stars. Both men rely on their tremendous power and athletic ability in the ring, and have tested themselves in competitive mixed martial arts.
“This Is Not Someone That Brock Lesnar Took Seriously” – Paul Heyman
Lesnar and Lashley finally met one-on-one at the 2022 Royal Rumble with The All-Mighty emerging victorious via an assist from Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman.
Speaking on the After The Bell podcast, Heyman – who remains aligned with Reigns, said that his former charge Lesnar didn’t see the challenge from Lashley coming.
“He just wanted to get in there with Brock Lesnar and he wanted an opportunity to show the world ‘I’m equal, if not better than Brock Lesnar,.’ This is something that Brock did not see coming.
This is not someone that was on Brock’s radar ever. This is not someone that Brock Lesnar took seriously,
Bobby Lashley has made such an impact on the psyche of Brock Lesnar,” Heyman continued. “Brock Lesnar actually has something and someone to think about right now.”
Lesnar and Lashley renewed their rivalry in October when the former returned to Monday Night Raw. This led to a match between the pair at WWE Crown Jewel 2022 which the former UFC Heavyweight Champion won.
The defeat didn’t go down well with Lashley who still had the Hurt Lock applied on his rival when he was pinned. After the match, an irate Bobby Lashley attacked Lesnar to leave him laying.
H/t to Wrestling Inc