Brock Lesnar was one of the wrestlers WWE pushed heavily right off the bat. Vince McMahon had a vision for The Beast and wanted to make him seem like a threat to everyone else.
The company was successful in creating a megastar in Lesnar, but some time later, The Beast Incarnate left the company. It was reported that Lesnar was unhappy with his wrestling career and wanted to try his hands at football.
Brock’s first stint with WWE ended in 2005 and his final match happened against Goldberg. Both wrestlers were going to leave WWE after their contest and fans knew about it, which is why they hijacked the show and booed both stars mercilessly.
On Something to Wrestle, Bruce Prichard talked about Lesnar’s first departure. Prichard said that WWE was upset with Brock’s decision because they had already invested a ton of money in creating his character. Nevertheless, Vince McMahon let him go and it wasn’t until 2012 that Lesnar returned to WWE.
“We invested in training him initially and getting him to the popularity that he was at,” Prichard said. “Brock was unhappy. He wanted to do other things – that’s fine. You can try other things; however, we made the investment in him in the sports entertainment category and wanted to protect that, so, [it was] just strictly business.”
“I don’t know that it was too far gone or not. I think it was just something that Brock wanted to do and there wasn’t a whole lot of thought put into it as far as I know. Thank God I wasn’t heavily involved in any of that at the time. From a business standpoint, yeah, we had put a lot into Brock and wanted to protect that investment.”