Bischoff: "People were tired of the usual Brock Lesnar"
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Brock Lesnar will be one of the great protagonists of the 38th edition of WrestleMania. The Showcase of the Immortals is getting closer and closer and will take place over two evenings as has been the tradition of recent years.
The Beast will meet for the umpteenth time with Roman Reigns, current holder of the Universal Championship. The two should have already faced each other on Day 1, the first pay-per-view of 2022, but the Coronavirus positivity of the Tribal Chief has upset the cards on the table.
After winning the Royal Rumble match, Lesnar regained the WWE title by beating the competition at Elimination Chamber. Brock's career has taken on new momentum since WWE decided to turn him into a babyface. In a lengthy interview with Sportskeeda, Eric Bischoff admitted that revamping Brock Lesnar's character was a blast.
He said: "I think WWE management made the right choice. When Brock Lesnar returned to WWE for the umpteenth time, I was not convinced that he would have the same success as in the past. People were starting to get tired of the usual Brock Lesnar.
I also had more than a few doubts about it. If the same Brock we had admired for years and years came back, things would have been terrible. Vince Mcmahon decided to slightly transform his character, making him much more interesting.
It seems to me that Lesnar is having a great time at this stage of his career. We had never seen him in this capacity before. He is like he is a brand new character. He has kept all the qualities of his historical character, but he has added a sense of humor that makes him more complete." The 44-year-old from Webster is the only athlete in history to have held a world title in mixed martial arts, professional wrestling and collegiate wrestling.
He also ended The Undertaker's legendary unbeaten streak at WrestleMania in 2014.
Brock Lesnar will not come back in UFC
In a recent interview with the New York Post, Brock Lesnar was asked if his return to the UFC is possible: "Mixed martial arts is a sport reserved for very young athletes, so I would say the doors are closed for me.
I'm just a WWE superstar now." The current WWE Champion also spoke of his friendship with Paul Heyman: "Paul is a dear friend of mine. We have a very close relationship in real life too, not just in wrestling. I think everyone needs a figure like Heyman in their life." In the latest episode of his podcast, former WWE manager Jim Cornette admitted he adores the new Brock: "After so many years in this business, his character needed a change.
I like the new Lesnar with the lumberjack shirt, tail and black cowboy hat. I love that he spends time with the kids and smiles at people when he enters the ring." Brock Lesnar will be called upon to take on Roman Reigns again at WrestleMania 38, the most anticipated event on the calendar.
The two should have already met on Day 1, the first pay-per-view of 2022, but the Tribal Chief Coronavirus positivity has turned the tables. The Beast is arguably one of the most controversial characters in WWE history, but there's no denying that he made modern wrestling history.
The 44-year-old from Webster is in fact the only athlete in history to have won a world title in mixed martial arts, professional wrestling and collegiate wrestling. His record includes seven WWE Championships, one UFC Heavyweight Championship and one NCAA Division I Heavyweight Championship.
Lesnar is also known for his long tenure in the UFC, of ââwhich he was a great exponent. On 9 July 2016 he returned to the octagon during 'UFC 200', beating Mark Hunt by unanimous decision. However, the outcome of the meeting was converted into a 'no contest' due to Brock's positive doping.