Wherever he goes, WWE superstar Brock Lesnar brings controversy with him. Look no further than WWE RAW for an example. In just a few weeks back with the company, he's cursed up a storm, busted the biggest star in the mouth and re-written the rulebook when it comes to merchandising.
No one is beyond Lesnar's reach. Racial and ethnic groups, alternative lifestyles, people he doesn't like? All fair game. Lesnar's most dangerous weapon isn't a right hand or a suplex. It's his mouth and it's led to more than a little drama.
Whatever you say about Brock, you can never say he's boring to watch. Let's take a look back at Lesnar's most controversial moments.
NCAA champions don't go into the world of pro wrestling. It simply doesn't happened.
You can count on one hand the number of amateur champions who had turned pro in the 50 years before Lesnar. Only Vern Gagne, Danny Hodge, Jack Brisco, and Kurt Angle made impacts.
Just joining the WWE was a controversial move, but Lesnar told the world money talks:
When I got out of college, after I won my NCAA title, I didn't have a lot of options. There aren't a lot of options for an amateur wrestler. You can go to the Olympics or you can become a coach. The bottom line was Vince had $250,000 waiting for me, a contract on the table and I was 21 years old and didn't have a pot to piss in. Come on! You make the decision!
Why is Lesnar such a good athlete? Well, according to the man himself, it's because he has the genetics of a black man. He told Maxim:
I bet you I’ve taken over 60 steroid tests. In college I had 15 random drug tests in two years. I’ve taken drug tests for the NFL, the WWE, the UFC. I must be pretty good at masking steroids. God gave me this body: Are you jealous of it or what? Give me a break. I got the genetics of—not to get into racism or anything—but I’m built like a black man. ...It’s all genetics. I wouldn’t say we’re all created equal. That’s just to make the other guys feel good who don’t have what you’ve got.
This man doesn't like gays. The one laying on top.
Brock Lesnar has no filter. So don't come around him in an interview session, talk about something he doesn't like, and expect him to hold his tongue. He will share his thoughts with you, even if they are hateful. An example? Lesnar straight up told ESPN he didn't care for homosexuals:
"I don't like gays. Write that down in your little notebook. I don't like gays."
At some point Brock Lesnar got a giant sword tattooed on his chest. But it looks a little like something else. Our friends at Cage Potato may have said it best:
If he wanted something "subtly phallic," he failed. This is in-your-face phallic and it runs smack down the middle of his torso. It’s annoying enough that he’s riding so much hype, but now we have to deal with seeing this thing every time he’s in the cage.
After the biggest win of his career, a spanking of Frank Mir at UFC 100, Lesnar let loose on the UFC's biggest sponsor:
"I'm drinking a cooler full of Coors Light, Coors Light because Bud Light won't pay me," said Lesnar as he pointed his enormous 4XL gloves at the Bud Light logo in the middle of the octagon. "I'm going to sit down with my friends and family and hell, I might even get on top of my wife tonight."
After the fight, UFC President Dana White let Brock have it. The big man came out to the post fight press conference with a Bud, a smile and an apology.
Not pictured: Brock Lesnar
Lesnar had a medical emergency while hunting in the Canadian woods. Suffice to say, he told reporters during a conference call he was happy to get out of there and back to the USA:
"They couldn't do nothing for me," he added. "It was like I was in a Third World country, I just looked at my wife and she saved my life and I had to get out of there."
After UFC 121, and Lesnar's shocking loss to Cain Velasquez, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani caught up with the Undertaker. As the two talked, Lesnar walked by and the two men glared at each other. "You want to do it?" Undertaker asked. Helwani was quick to ask the wrestling legend about the exchange.
"It's kind of a personal thing. I think maybe he needs to train a little harder."
"Are you guys cool?" Ariel Helwani asked.
"It's personal," Undertaker responded.
Helwani savvily switched gears, still digging for a moment. "Who were you rooting for tonight?"
"You know what? I have a background with Brock. But that just showed you something right there."
Lesnar shocked almost no one by returning to the WWE. But it hasn't been without controversy. With Lesnar on top, the company is slowly moving away from its "PG" reputation. Lesnar has attacked John Cena with both barrels blazing, and quotes like "The guy's scared as piss. He's shitting his pants is what he's doing," aren't for youngsters.
Drake Oz expands on this change of direction:
While the WWE's programming is still technically PG, we saw in Brock Lesnar's promo tonight that that PG-rating is a farce. The WWE's superstars will say what they want when they want to say it. Lesnar was cursing up a storm on tonight's Raw, and he is just the latest superstar to do so.