Current Universal Champion Brock Lesnar may be one of the biggest superstars WWE has produced, and that could have been different if WWE went ahead with a different gimmick. Paul Heyman recently revealed on Inside the Ropes that several WWE backstage officials wanted Brock Lesnar to have a Russian character.
“Brock was in the ring early in the day during the show, and there was a bunch of these old-timers that, at the time, were producers, and they’re giving him the worst advice. “You should be a Russian. You should stand in the middle of the ring, and do nothing, and just let people bounce off of you”
Brock Lesnar debuted in WWE in 2002, and immediately became one of the hottest prospects in sports entertainment. He had a stellar rookie year, as he went on to win the World Championship, King of the Ring and defeated several legends along the way.
Brock Lesnar later went on to UFC and returned to WWE after a decade-long hiatus in 2012, and has since stayed in a part-time role in WWE. Paul Heyman absolutely didn’t like the idea of turning Brock Lesnar Russian. Brock Lesnar has been a “Paul Heyman Guy” ever since his debut.
Lesnar has stayed in his Beast avatar since his debut, and has defeated who’s who of professional wrestling industry in his tenure with WWE. He went on to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania, rag-dolled John Cena at Summerslam, defeated Goldberg for the Universal Championship.
Brock Lesnar’s career could’ve turned out significantly different if he was given a Russian gimmick ala Vladimir Kozlov and Rusev. Lesnar has never been great at promos and that could’ve been a major reason behind WWE producers wanting to develop a Russian gimmick.
Brock Lesnar is scheduled to face Seth Rollins at Summerslam where he defends his Universal Championship for the third Summerslam in a row!