Brock Lesnar is the Minor Antagonist from the WWE universe. He serves as one of the supporting antagonists in 2002-2004, and as the main, later secondary antagonist of 2012--2018. He is Drew McIntyre's arch-rival.
Lesnar returned after a long time to WWE on April 2, 2012 on Raw, as a villain, by confronting and delivering an F-5 to John Cena. The following week on Raw, general manager John Laurinaitis revealed that he signed Lesnar to bring "legitimacy" back to the WWE and become the "new face of the WWE". Laurinaitis also announced that Lesnar would face Cena at Extreme Rules with the Extreme Rules stipulation later added to the match. At Extreme Rules, Lesnar lost to Cena despite dominating the match.
The following night on Raw, WWE's Chief Operating Officer Triple H refused to give in to Lesnar's unreasonable contract demands (which included being given his own personal jet and having Raw renamed to Monday Night Raw Starring Brock Lesnar), resulting in Lesnar attacking him and breaking his arm with a Kimura lock in storyline. The next week on Raw, Paul Heyman made his return as Lesnar's legal representative and claimed that Lesnar was quitting WWE.He later announced a lawsuit against WWE for breach of contract. At No Way Out in June, Triple H challenged Lesnar, who was not present, to a match at SummerSlam which Lesnar refused. Stephanie McMahon would later goad Heyman into accepting the match on Lesnar's behalf on July 23 at Raw 1000. On August 19 at SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Triple H by submissionafter once again breaking his arm in storyline. The following night on Raw, Lesnar declared himself the new "King of Kings" and said that he would depart from WWE after his victory over Triple H, stating that he had conquered everything in the company.
Lesnar returned on the January 28, 2013 episode of Raw, assaulting Mr. Vince McMahon who was about to fire Heyman, and despite Heyman's pleas, Lesnar attacked McMahon with an F-5, breaking McMahon's pelvis in storyline. The following week during The Miz's Miz TV talk show, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero revealed herself as the one who signed Lesnar to a new contract to impress McMahon. On the February 25 episode of Raw, Lesnar once again attempted to attack McMahon, only to get into a brawl with the returning Triple H, which resulted in Lesnar legitimately having his head split open and requiring eighteen stitches. The following week on Raw, Triple H issued a challenge to Lesnar, requesting a rematch with him at WrestleMania 29, which Lesnar accepted but only after Triple signed a contract and Lesnar named the stipulation. After Triple H signed the contract and punches Heyman, the stipulation was revealed as No Holds Barred with Triple H's career on the line. Lesnar ended up losing the match after Triple H delivered a Pedigree onto the steel steps. On the April 15 episode of Raw, Lesnar is mad and battles 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, and Jinder Mahal) before Heyman challenged Triple H to face Lesnar in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules, which Triple H accepted the following week. On May 19 at Extreme Rules, after interference from Heyman, Lesnar defeated Triple H to ended their feud. Lesnar returned on the June 17 episode of Raw, attacking Heyman's fellow client CM Punk with an F-5. Despite the accusations from Punk, Heyman claimed that he was not behind Lesnar's attack on him. However, Heyman turned on Punk in July, and claimed that Punk could not beat Lesnar, which led to Lesnar making his return and attacking Punk on the July 15 episode of Raw. The following week on Raw, Punk challenged Lesnar to a match at SummerSlam, where Lesnar defeated Punk in a no disqualification match.
Lesnar takes down The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak in 2014
On the December 30 episode of Raw, Lesnar returned with Heyman to announce his intentions to challenge the winner of the upcoming WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Randy Orton and John Cena at Royal Rumble. Lesnar then dared any wrestler who disapproved of that notion to challenge him, which was answered by Mark Henry, and a brawl would ensue, ending with Lesnar delivering an F-5 to Henry. The following week on Raw, Henry challenged Lesnar again, only to have Lesnar dislocate his elbow with the Kimura lock in storyline, which led Big Show to came out afterwards and punches Lesnar, thus starting a feud which was settled at Royal Rumble, where Lesnar defeated Show after attacking him with a steel chair before the match began On the February 24, 2014 episode of Raw, after Heyman stated that Lesnar had requested a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX, instead receiving an open contract to face anyone else of his choosing, The Undertaker then returned and hit Lesnar with a chokeslam through a table, setting up their match at WrestleMania. Lesnar defeated Undertaker after executing three F-5s, ending his undefeated WrestleMania streak at 21, a feat that was described by Sports Illustrated as being "the most shocking result since the Montreal Screwjob".
On the July 21, 2014 episode of Raw, Triple H announced that Lesnar would face John Cena at SummerSlam for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. At SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and during the match he delivered sixteen suplexes (most of which were German suplexes) and two F-5s to Cena, who barely managed any offense. On the August 19 episode of Main Event, Triple H announced that Cena was invoking his championship rematch clause against Lesnar at Night of Champions, where Lesnar was disqualified due to Seth Rollins interfering, but retained his championship, which could not be lost via disqualification. Later in the year, after Rollins reunited with The Authority, he was added to Lesnar and Cena's championship match at Royal Rumble, making it a triple threat match, which Lesnar won despite suffering a storyline broken rib during the match.
Lesnar's next challenger was Roman Reigns, who won the Royal Rumble match to earn the right to face Lesnar for the title at WrestleMania 31.During his main event match against Reigns, Lesnar delivered multiple suplexes and was heard exclaiming, "Suplex City, bitch!", and thereafter "Suplex City" became one of his signature catchphrases and merchandise motifs. After Lesnar and Reigns traded a few false finishes, Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract while the match was in progress, thus making it a triple threat; Rollins then pinned Reigns to win the title. The following night on Raw, Lesnar tried to invoke his rematch clause and brutalizes commentators Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield, and Michael Cole, as well as a cameraman after Rollins refused the rematch, which led to Stephanie McMahon grounds Lesnar indefinitely in storyline.
Lesnar returned on the June 15 episode of Raw, being chosen by The Authority as the number one contender to Rollins' WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground.On July 4, Lesnar made his first non-televised wrestling appearance for WWE since his 2012 return, defeating Kofi Kingston at The Beast in the East live event in Tokyo in a quick winning effort; he also delivered F-5s to Kingston's New Day stablemates Big E and Xavier Woods after the match.On July 19 at Battleground, Lesnar dominated Rollins, delivering thirteen suplexes; mid-pinfall, after performing an F-5, he was attacked by The Undertaker, who incapacitated Lesnar with a chokeslam and two Tombstone Piledrivers; this ended the match, with Lesnar winning by disqualification and Rollins retaining the championship.
The following night on Raw, Undertaker explained that he had attacked Lesnar not for ending his WrestleMania streak, but rather for Lesnar allowing Heyman to constantly taunt Undertaker about it, which led to the two brawling throughout the arena and a WrestleMania rematch being scheduled for SummerSlam on August 23, where Undertaker would controversially defeat Lesnar; during the match, Undertaker tapped out to a Kimura lock by Lesnar and the timekeeper rang the bell, but the referee did not see the tapout and demanded that the match continue, which saw Undertaker then attack Lesnar with a low blow and Lesnar passed out to Hell's Gate. The following night on Raw, Lesnar and Heyman challenged Undertaker to an immediate rematch, only punches Bo Dallas, who mocked Lesnar about his defeat; Lesnar then responded by delivering three German suplexes and an F-5 to Dallas. During Night of Champions, it was announced that Lesnar would face The Undertaker at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, where Lesnar defeated The Undertaker after a low blow and F-5 onto the exposed ring floor, ending their feud.The match was later voted "Match of the Year" during the 2015 Slammy Awards.
Lesnar and Dean Ambrose during their match at WrestleMania 32
On the January 11, 2016 episode of Raw, Lesnar returned, goes wild and battles The New Day, The League of Nations (Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev, and Alberto Del Rio), and Kevin Owens, before giving an F-5 to Roman Reigns. The following week on Raw, Lesnar would brawl with Reigns until they were both attacked by The Wyatt Family. At the Royal Rumble, Lesnar was the 23rd entrant, eliminating four competitors before being eliminated by Bray Wyatt with help from the rest of The Wyatt Family. On the January 25 episode of Raw, Stephanie McMahon announced that the main event of Fastlane would be a triple threat match between Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose to determine who would face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32.In the following weeks, Ambrose unsecured Lesnar , with Reigns saving him from the subsequent attacks by Lesnar. At Fastlane, Lesnar dominated most of the match before he was put through two broadcast tables by Ambrose and Reigns; he would ultimately lose the match after Reigns pinned Ambrose. Because of this, Lesnar gets mad Ambrose in the parking lot as he was arriving at the arena. Ambrose would then return later in the night, having hijacked an ambulance, and he challenged Lesnar to a No Holds Barred Street Fight match at WrestleMania 32, where Lesnar defeated Ambrose after an F-5 onto a pile of chairs.
On the July 7 episode of SmackDown, it was announced that Lesnar would be facing Randy Orton at SummerSlam, who himself had just returned to WWE from injury. Just two days later on July 9, WWE allowed Lesnar to have a one-off fight for UFC 200. Lesnar failed two of his drug tests for this fight, but he was not suspended by WWE because he is not a full-time performer.On July 19 at the 2016 WWE Draft, Lesnar was the No. 5 draft pick for the Raw brand; reports claim that he would have been No. 1 had he not failed his UFC drug tests. Orton was drafted to SmackDown, thus making their match an interbrand match, while WWE billed their face-off as a match fifteen years in the making. Along with Heyman, Lesnar made his return to Raw on August 1, his first appearance on WWE programming since WrestleMania 32. During his segment, Orton appeared and delivered an RKO to Lesnar. Lesnar then attacked Orton during his match the following night on SmackDown Live, delivering an F-5 to Orton. At SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Orton by technical knockout after a series of elbows, leaving Orton with a forehead wound which required ten staples. Much to Shane McMahon's dismay, Lesnar would later deliver an F-5 to Shane himself. The end made many people believe Lesnar had gone off script due to the severity of Orton's head wound. Lesnar was later storyline fined $500 for delivering an F-5 to SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon and his assault on Orton. On September 24 at a house show in Chicago, Illinois, Lesnar defeated Orton in a no disqualification rematch, with the match being billed as a Suplex City death match.
On the October 10 episode of Raw, Heyman, on Lesnar's behalf, challenged Goldberg to a fight after the pair had been feuding for several months through social media and during promotional work for the WWE 2K17 video game, which featured Lesnar as the cover star and Goldberg as the pre-order bonus. Heyman stated that Goldberg was the one blemish on Lesnar's WWE career, as Goldberg had defeated Lesnar at WrestleMania XX in 2004. On the October 17 episode of Raw, Goldberg returned to the WWE after a twelve-year absence and accepted Lesnar's request for a fight, while Lesnar would go on to address Goldberg on the October 24 episode of Raw, with their match being confirmed for Survivor Series on November 20. On the final Raw before Survivor Series, Lesnar and Goldberg came face to face for the first time in twelve years, resulting in a brawl with security after Heyman insulted Goldberg's family. On November 20 at Survivor Series, Lesnar was defeated by Goldberg who caught him off guard with two consecutive spears and a Jackhammer, with the match ending via pinfall in just 1 minute and 26 seconds. This was the first time in three years that Lesnar lost by pinfall. The next night, Goldberg declared himself the first entrant in the 2017 Royal Rumble match. The following week, Paul Heyman addressed the Survivor Series match, stating that they underestimated Goldberg, and that the match was a humiliation and embarrassment for him and Lesnar. He then stated that Lesnar would also be in the Royal Rumble as he has something to prove. On December 3, Lesnar defeated Rusev via pinfall at a house show in Mexico city.
On the February 6 episode of Raw, Goldberg would accept Lesnar's challenge whilst also being named number one contender for Kevin Owens' Universal Championship, which he won at Fastlane thus turning his match with Lesnar into a title match. At WrestleMania 33, Lesnar beat Goldberg to win his fifth world title in WWE and the first man to have won both the WWE Championship and Universal Championship. Lesnar also became the second person to kick-out from Goldberg's Jackhammer and gave him the first clean singles loss of his professional wrestling career. After several weeks of feuding, Lesnar's first title defense came at the inaugural Great Balls of Fire event on July 9, 2017, where he retained against Samoa Joe. He also defeated Joe to retain the championship at a live event. When Kurt Angle announced a fatal 4-way match between Lesnar, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman for SummerSlam, Lesnar appeared on the July 31 edition of Raw and Heyman announced that they would both leave WWE, should Lesnar lose the championship. Lesnar appeared on the August 7 edition of RAW, interrupting Miz TV and attacking The Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.