A former long-serving WWE star has revealed he was asked not to lift Brock Lesnar off the mat.
Brock Lesnar is one of the most accomplished stars in WWE history. Furthermore, he is also one of the biggest cross-sports stars ever having won the UFC Heavyweight Championship and NCAA Division I Heavyweight Championship.
The Beast Incarnate made his WWE Raw debut in March of 2002 where he would instantly go on to destroy anyone in his path. One of Lesnar’s earliest opponents was former WWE and ECW veteran Tommy Dreamer.
Discussing their early encounters, The Hardcore Legend has revealed how he was asked not to pick up Lesnar inside the ring during their matches. Speaking to Busted Open Radio, Dreamer said:
“I will never forget, I had a match with Brock Lesnar – I had a lot of matches with Brock Lesnar – the finish, he misses his big frigging 450 thing, feeds up, I go for the Death Valley, I got him set, lands on his feet, picks me up, F5. They love the match, and they were like, ‘You can’t pick him up and do that move.’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And this was early, like early me coming to WWE. And [they were] like, ‘Well, you can’t do it.'”
“And I was like, ‘No, I did, check out the replay and go watch the match. Like, no, well, you can’t do it.’ And I’m getting mad at my producer, and I’m like, ‘I don’t understand what you’re saying,’ and he’s like, ‘Well, they don’t want you to do it.’ I was like, ‘Who’s they, tell me who they is?’ And they don’t have an answer.”
The two would square off in a Singapore Cane match on RAW in 2002 where Lesnar annihilated the ECW original.
Dreamer joined WWE back in 2001 as a member of the WCW/ECW Alliance during the Invasion storyline and remained with the company until 2010.