Vince McMahon is well-known for preferring tall and muscular male wrestlers over in-ring prospects. That’s the reason why big guys like Mable and Great Khali were given a big push despite not being very good in the ring.
Now imagine what his reaction must’ve been when he first laid his eyes on ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross revealed during an interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT that Vince knew WWE ‘had the guy’ when he saw Lesnar for the very first time.
“Gerry Brisco and I brought Brock Lesnar to a TV taping in Minneapolis because he went to college there. I said to McMahon ‘that new kid I’m recruiting is here tonight. If you get a chance I’d like you to say hello him.’ So McMahon is walking about with his Mr. McMahon walk and he happens to glance over and Gerry Brisco is standing by this monster. Vince made a U-turn and beelined right to Brock – he had never seen him. Never watched him wrestle.”
“He knew Gerry and I was high on him, but Gerry didn’t meet with Vince on a regular basis, I met with Vince every day. I said ‘we got this kid we’re going to sign and he’s going to be extraordinary. You’re going to love him. So when Vince laid eyes on him he knew that we had the guy. If he had any aptitude whatsoever – we knew athletically he was going to be great, he’d already proven himself as an athlete – but if he could get the showbiz side of it and have the aptitude to be a pro wrestler, he was going to be our guy for a while. And that worked out.”
Jim Ross and Gerald Brisco hit the jackpot by recruiting Brock Lesnar, as he went on to become a huge box office attraction, multi-time WWE Champion and also dominated the UFC for a little while before retiring.
Brock Lesnar is currently no longer under contract and it remains to be seen when he will return to WWE again. If and when Brock does decide to return to the company, who would you like to see him face? We want to know. Let us know in the comment section below.