ESPN put up an excellent retrospective on Brock Lesnar talking to several wrestlers and athletes that have worked with him over the years. One of the wrestlers that was interviewed was CM Punk, who had a lot of interesting things to say about Lesnar.
Check out highlights below:
On how Lesnar helped Punk when he entered MMA:
I don’t want to ruin his image. I think he’s a f—in’ sweetheart. This is a guy, when I got into MMA and I left wrestling, he was texting me, “Hey, if you need any help.” I’m always kind of a standoffish guy. It’s hard to open up and trust people in the pro wrestling world. But he was never anything but a real sweetheart. It was a pleasure to work with him. He’s just a great guy, I think.
How it’s like to work with Lesnar in the ring:
I didn’t know how Brock was going to be receptive to any ideas. So I, especially at that point in my career, I was like, “Let’s just go out there and call it in the ring.” He was totally stoked to do that. I kind of said, “I just want to do this and this and this.” He said, “Oh.” After every idea I had, he had three ideas that spun off that he wanted to do.
It was fun. That match is everything that I loved about pro wrestling. Just two guys coming together and being like, “F—, let’s just do whatever we want and have fun.”
What’s under-appreciated about Lesnar:
I think Brock has got a big heart, and that’s something a lot of people don’t talk about. They’ll talk about the freak strength and the crazy athletic things he’s done in his career, the accomplishments. But they don’t talk about the fact that he loves his wife, his kids, lives on a farm and just kind of wants to be left alone. All the fame and the money and everything is really just a side effect of being successful at what he wants to do. And he does what he wants, when he wants. That’s the beauty of Brock Lesnar.