Former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar almost retired from pro-wrestling during the Covid-19 pandemic due to the absence of live crowds, according to Daniel Cormier, former UFC fighter and current MMA analyst.
Cormier recently shared some interesting insights about Lesnar during a conversation with UFC featherweight fighter Max Holloway. The topic of conversation was about Cormier’s experience fighting in empty arenas without fans. Cormier cited Lesnar’s experience in the WWE during the pandemic, stating that he had spoken to Lesnar, who had told him that he didn’t get into wrestling to perform in front of screens with no audience.
“I could not stand that. We don’t fight for nothing. You know what Brock Lesnar told me?… He said when he went back to the WWE at the end of the pandemic and he was wrestling in front of those screens, they had nobody there, he goes, ‘I’m done. I did not get into this for this. I want to be in front of a crowd.”
After losing his championship to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36 in April 2020, Lesnar revealed that he retired from professional wrestling. However, he later reconsidered and made a comeback to WWE in 2021.
Cormier’s comments highlight the importance of live audiences in sports and entertainment, and how they can have a significant impact on performers. The pandemic forced many events to be held without fans but the return of live audiences has been a welcome relief for athletes and fans alike.
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