WWE and Brock Lesnar are no longer working together, but that isn’t the first time they separated. In 2004, Brock Lesnar left the company in a very surprising decision when he was on top of the WWE roster, and the company didn’t want him going anywhere else.
During Something To Wrestle With, Bruce Prichard admitted that WWE didn’t let Brock Lesnar out of his WWE contract in 2004 without agreeing to a 20-month non-compete clause. Prichard said that WWE invested the time and money into training Lesnar to make him a star on television. It was simply business that they they didn’t want him going to another combat sports or pro wrestling company.
“Yeah, because again, we made the investment in training him initially and getting him to the popularity that he was at. Brock was unhappy, wanted to do other things. That’s fine, you can try other things. However, we had made the investment in him in the sports-entertainment category and wanted to protect that so, just strictly business.”
Brock Lesnar ended up in NJPW for a stint prior to eventually making his way back to WWE. Now Lesnar’s contract has run out once again, but he hasn’t popped up anywhere else.
We’ll have to wait and see if Lesnar’s music strikes when we least expect it. Odds are if WWE and Lesnar have anything in the pipeline they will keep it very secret until the world is supposed to know.
Thanks to Post Wrestling for the quote