Brock Lesnar made a thunderous debut in the WWE in 2002, quickly becoming a dominant force in the ring. His raw power, exceptional athleticism, and indomitable spirit earned him the moniker of “The Next Big Thing.” Lesnar’s rise to the top was swift, as he challenged The Rock for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam 2002, setting a record as the youngest World Champion.
Lesnar, known as the Beast Incarnate, demonstrated his supremacy in the ring with his signature move, the F5. This awe-inspiring feat of strength has become synonymous with Lesnar, striking fear into the hearts of opponents and cementing his place as one of the greatest powerhouses in sports entertainment history. The F5, a testament to Lesnar’s unparalleled might and athletic ability, serves as the ultimate conclusion to his reign of terror in the WWE universe.
Lesnar’s departure from the WWE in 2004 came as a shock to the sports entertainment world. Despite growing frustration with the demanding lifestyle of a WWE Superstar, Lesnar left a lasting impression on the fans with his relentless intensity and dominance. Vince McMahon, the chairman of WWE, recognized the impact of the F5 and sought to find a new Superstar to carry on Lesnar’s legacy by making the maneuver their own.
In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, former WWE Superstar Matt Morgan dropped a bombshell revelation. According to Morgan, Vince McMahon had approached him with a proposition to continue the legacy of Lesnar’s legendary F5. Morgan claimed that McMahon himself had approached him and asked him to start using the maneuver, following Lesnar’s departure from the company.
“So funny story. I always felt like Vince (McMahon) called me into his office to tell me that was going to be my new finisher. And it was right, I always felt it was kind of like a shot to Brock at this point. Now I get called back up to SmackDown, black dyed hair, stuttering Matt Morgan, right, with the black trunks. And anyways, he [Vince] called me into his office and said that he wants me to use the F5 as a finish and could I do it? And I said sure no problem.
But in the back of my head, I kind of thought that was a shot at Brock because he had just, you know, not too long ago quit their company to go and try out for the NFL. And I kind of thought that was maybe a dig at him because I was close with Brock at the time.”
In the same interview, Matt Morgan delved deeper into his experiences with the F5. He recounted bare his thoughts and emotions before he was set to perform the move for the first time, against The Big Show.
“So when they said can you do it? Yes, sir. No problem. But then, you know, you hope Big Show will help you get, you know, get his big butt up, things like that when you deliver the move. But, you know, we pulled it off, luckily.
And at the time, I’m pretty sure I was only the third time to lift, the third time, I and pretty sure I was only the third person to lift Big Show up on their shoulders, at least in a WWE ring. Cena did it and I know Brock did, I was the third.”