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Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Chief Operating Officer for WWE, recalled the organization’s negotiation process with Brock Lesnar to bring the standout athlete back to WWE.

“Brock reached out to us when his UFC contract was done and I think he was just sticking his toe in the water to see if there was any interest,” Levesque told Yahoo! Sports prior to SummerSlam. “We spoke and the rest is history.”

The money, which the article notes could be as high as $5 million for one year, and the flexible work schedule was too good for Lesnar to pass up.

“Brock wanted to come back and be involved but he didn’t want to be here full-time and traveling every day,” Levesque said. “He didn’t want to be in the ring every single day. I’ve said this many times but Brock is a simple guy. He’s a farmer, that’s what he is. I know that doesn’t look like what he is, but right now he’s probably harvesting crops somewhere on his farm. That’s the reality of who he is. He likes to go home, sit, drive a tractor and harvest crops. It just so happens he’s a badass on the weekend.

Levesque says there was bad blood between both parties. He continues, “There had been some animosity a little bit in some ways between Brock and the WWE at various points. Some of that was real, some of that was media.”

The animosity stems from his departure in 2004 to pursue a career in the National Football League. Lesnar had signed a no-compete clause in order to be released from his contract with WWE, which prohibited him from working for any other wrestling or mixed martial arts companies before June 2010. When his NFL pursuit ended, Lesnar went overseas to compete for New Japan Pro Wrestling, breaching his non-compete agreement. Lesnar had anticipated leaving wrestling entirely, but his inability to secure a career in professional football led to him challenging this ruling in court. After almost two years of courtroom proceedings, a settlement was reached that allowed Lesnar to compete in NJPW and mixed martial arts.

“We were kind of disappointed when he left and just didn’t know what was going to happen with him trying out for the NFL and then shocking the world with the UFC,” Rey Mysterio told Yahoo! Sports. “Overall, he did what he wanted to do and you can’t take that away from any man or human being who wants to accomplish something or prove themselves in a certain sport.”

Mysterio, who competed alongside Lesnar throughout the duration of his legendary SmackDown stint, says the animosity is gone from the wrestlers in the locker room.

“When something happens and when it’s unexpected, it shocks the world and it shocks the backstage locker room. Overall, you tend to forget about things and move on with your life. I don’t think anybody has anything to say about Brock. He did what he had to do and accomplished what few will ever do.”

The full article is available here.

  • Aiden1990

    I’m just happy he is back

  • Tombstone

    (Yes the real tombstone)

    No problem with the caps @TomC.

    I have said it befor and I’ll say it again.

    Brock failed at pro football, Was doing great at pro wrestling but then he got injured and bailed, Failed once again at pro footbal, Joined UFC where at first he was awesome, then he was sick more than he was fighting, then he got whipped and he bailed.
    Now he is back in WWE but just watch, First injury he gets and he will bail again.
    Bring on the pain? Brock Lesnar clearly cannot handle the pain.

  • KingAlbert

    How the fuck did Rey get in the interview?

  • Tombstone

    you are NOT funny AT ALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

  • HBK

    GREAT opinions GUYS 😛

  • Stashathan

    A valued point CC… BUT, (yes I used CAPS), with what happened between Lesnar and Michaels, I want to see a match between the two, BUT ONLY if and a big IF Lesnar gives it his all with Michales I mean everything is set up for a major match down the road

  • CC

    Lesnar vs Batista? Fuck THAT!
    If I NEVER see that ROIDED turd in a WWE ring again, it will be TOO soon.
    Lesnar needs to face CURRENT WWE stars, not bring back TWATS to face him, as that does NOTHING for anyone in WWE. Who does it get OVER?

  • Tombstone

    go tomC with your usage of CAPS, i really feel the CAPS were required, otherwise WE would NOT have UNDERSTOOD the MAGNITUED of you point.

  • TomC

    Personally, I feel that bringing Lesner back was a GOOD thing. The WWE is sorely lacking any kind of real DEPTH in their rosters. It’s the same matches week after week after week – with the same tired/simpleton writing.

    In MY opinion, WWE should seriously consider bringing back Dave Bautista – to fued with Lesner. Now THAT would be a Wrestlemania match to see.

    Either that, or stop screwing around with Ryback and start integrating him into some REAL storylines and feuds. I mean, seriously, what 6th Grader is writing WWE programming these days ???

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