Brock Lesnar is one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time and there’s no arguing that. Lesnar made his pro wrestling debut in 2002 and captured the WWE Championship in a matter of months. The Beast was then drafted to SmackDown and the rest, as they say, is history. Lesnar also worked a couple of jobs before and after his first stint with the WWE. Since Brock debuted at the start of the Ruthless Aggression Era, it is unlikely that most modern wrestling fans are aware of his work outside of WWE.
Brock Lesnar was born Brock Edward Lesnar in Webster, South Dakota, on July 12, 1977. Lesnar was raised on a dairy farm with his two older brothers, Troy and Chad, and a younger sister named Brandi. The future WWE Champion worked with his parents as a farmer.
Lesnar spoke about his childhood days in his autobiography "Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival." He revealed that he never missed wrestling practice as a kid. He also mentioned he milked cows and shoveled manure on the dairy farm.
At the age of 17, Brock Lesnar joined the Army National Guard and was assigned to an office job after his red-green colorblindness was deemed hazardous to his desire to work with explosives. He spoke at length about his military stint in his autobiography.
The Beast Incarnate said he “went into the Guard to join the local artillery supply unit. We worked with explosive charges that were coded red and green. That's what I wanted to do.” However, Lesnar was discharged after failing a computer typing test.
Lesnar worked different jobs before his big WWE break. One of the jobs saw the Beast work as a laborer for the REA power company in Webster. Lesnar took up the gig after arriving at his home for summer break from Bismarck State College.
Lesnar revealed his family struggled financially and he couldn’t call his parents to ask them for money. Luckily, the job he got kept him steady throughout the summer break. In his book, he stated that it was a great summer.
Lesnar was picked up by the University of Minnesota on a wrestling scholarship following the completion of his studies at Bismarck College. Upon his arrival in Minnesota, The Beast Incarnate rented an attic from former Olympian Alan Rice.
To pay his rent and earn money for food, Lesnar landed a job with a local construction company. Lesnar worked from 7 A.M. in the morning till the afternoon as a demolition man. Lesnar would eventually sign with WWE after graduating from the University of Minnesota.
Lesnar grew tired of the hectic WWE road schedule and eventually decided to part ways with the company. The multi-time WWE Champion wrestled his last match against Goldberg at WrestleMania XX and received a chorus of boos from the fans in attendance.
Lesnar signed with the Minnesota Vikings in July 2004. After participating in a few pre-season games, the team released him from his contract on August 30. The King of the Ring winner said he never cared about the cut as he never saw himself as a football player.
After dabbling with WWE and NFL, Brock Lesnar tested his luck in mixed martial arts. The Beast Incarnate worked for a short while for the Japanese promotion K-1 before signing a one-fight contract with UFC in October 2007.
Though he lost his debut fight against Frank Mir, Lesnar managed to impress the top management and signed a multi-year contract with the promotion. Lesnar ended up winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In 2011, he announced his retirement from MMA.