On the October 4th, 2019 episode of SmackDown Brock Lesnar won the WWE Championship by pinning Kofi Kingston in under ten seconds. After the stunning win, Lesnar was confronted by a debuting Cain Velasquez, his former UFC rival.
Velasquez famously defeated Lesnar back in 2010 to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fast forward nine years and the former UFC star, on behalf of Rey Mysterio went toe-to-toe with Lesnar in a WWE ring. This confrontation and brawl set up a match between the pair at Crown Jewel less than a month later.
Cain Velasquez Lifts The Lid On Working With Brock Lesnar
In Saudi Arabia Velasquez was defeated by Lesnar who retained his WWE Championship. Speaking during an appearance on Keepin It 100 with Konnan the former UFC Heavyweight Champion broke down what it was like to plan a match with The Beast. Velasquez described the process as professional yet uncomfortable.
“Yeah, professional and I would say it was a little uncomfortable [planning the match with Brock Lesnar]. I’m just so new to the wrestling world but everyone that I’ve worked with has been amazing as far as, you take care of everybody. We really do try to put in some good things in there where everyone gets what they want out of it and making it just for the fans. Working with Brock was interesting man, that’s all I’m gonna say. It was very different. You kind of just learn from your life and okay, this is what this was. I know for next time if something else ever happens for next time but… [Velasquez laughed]
With Brock, that’s kind of what it was and again, the best thing about what I do now with wrestling is I can bring my family in and they’re true fans of it, you know? And that is the best.”
WWE Crown Jewel 2019 also went down in history for the travel chaos which followed it’s completion. More than 200 WWE personnel were left stranded on an aeroplane for several hours, with the delay being credited to a mechanical fault. The incident spawned numerous conspiracy theories, while it has since been reported that the passengers were “held hostage.”
H/t to POST Wrestling