Benjamin reveals Lesnar's two-sided personality during their college wrestling years

"Now, don’t get me wrong, Brock was a great guy. Lots of fun like he isn’t the Brock that he showed."- he said.

by Sead Dedovic
Benjamin reveals Lesnar's two-sided personality during their college wrestling years
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Shelton Benjamin was a guest on the Kurt Angle Show and reflected on various moments from his career. A particularly interesting topic was Brock Lesnar. Benjamin didn't have a great opinion of him during his college wrestling days. Shelton was brutally honest about it. Benjamin emphasized that there were two sides to Lesnar's personality back then.

“So my first memory of coaching him wasn’t pleasant. Now, don’t get me wrong, Brock was a great guy. Lots of fun like he isn’t the Brock that he showed. He wasn’t abrupt, but he shows everyone now, you know, there are two very different sides to that guy. But at the time, my first impression when we got in when we actually got into the ring, was just to wrestle him."- he said, as quoted by 

Benjamin recognized Lesnar's impressive combat skills and quick learning ability. According to Benjamin, Lesnar easily grasped wrestling techniques and demonstrated a strong competitive spirit, making him a formidable opponent on the wrestling mat.

During a specific match, Benjamin attempted a move on Lesnar, but Lesnar quickly countered, throwing Benjamin across the room. Despite this initial challenge, Benjamin recognized Lesnar's prowess and described him as being well-suited for the wrestling arena, with a natural ability to adapt to different situations. 

Especially in the world of wrestling, adaptation is key to becoming a top wrestler which many will talk about. All the great stars of the wrestling scene have such a pronounced personality trait.

Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar© Ethan Miller / Getty Images Entertainment

Benjamin recalls various moments with nostalgia. Many of them quickly learned various things and adapted. Lesnar was one of the more impressive and there were days when Lesnar would completely dominate him. Certainly, Benjamin did not feel great in those moments, but he always had respect for Brock. Lesnar was such a wrestler that they could rarely establish dominance against him.

"But in all honesty, I coached him for about, I don’t know, a few months because I was there almost two years, helping them out and working with him. But for the first six months, it was more coaching and fine-tuning after that. It was just straight wrestling. They like it. What else can you teach him? He was a juggernaut. And I could, I could I, and I was familiar enough to be able to handle it, but like, there were some days it was just misery. For some days, he would completely dominate me. There was never a day where I completely dominated him. But I do know how to corral him. He’s a phenom. Like in every sense of the word.”

Winning the Intercontinental Title from Chris Jericho

Shelton Benjamin discussed his experience of winning the Intercontinental Title from Chris Jericho for the first time. He expressed the feeling of surpassing expectations, noting that he hadn't initially anticipated working in the evening. Benjamin recalled a significant build-up to the match and highlighted a promo with Mr. McMahon, where he asserted that he didn't need McMahon's blessing but rather the audience's approval because their support is like a vote.  Many wrestlers realized right at the very start of their careers how important it is for the audience to respect them and be with them, including Benjamin.

Benjamin emphasized the uncertainty surrounding his match with Chris Jericho. Unlike other wrestlers who had clear plans and conditions for their matches, Jericho was kept in the dark about his opponent. He only knew he would face one of 15 possible opponents. This unpredictability made it the only match that was genuinely uncertain. 

Benjamin confessed that he believed Batista would be his opponent, and when he won, there was a delayed reaction as he had expected to hear Batista's name announced. The unexpected victory led to a moment of delayed excitement as he processed the surprising outcome of defeating Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Title.

Benjamin explained about how everything looked from his perspective. He didn't expect things to happen so quickly. However, both of them coped brilliantly and put on a real spectacle for everyone. The audience still remembers their match and Benjamin's great victory.

"But I was like, oh, you know, should I get a wrestle like, so it’s actually good. That made us stay in gear all day. And like when they did reveal, I went straight to the ring. And I had no idea I was going to win until Chris Jericho didn’t kick out. The only thing that was said to me going into that match was when Jericho locked up to me, and he said, ‘What’s your finish?’ And I said, ‘T-Bone.’ That little exchange was like the blink of an eye. And then we just had to mess, and I just listened to Jericho.”