In Michael Kay Show, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar revealed that he initially did not intend for the current season in WWE to happen.
It appears that Lesnar was planning to quit after his WrestleMania 36 loss at the hands of Drew McIntyre. In the beginning, he had planned to retire when it was his 40th birthday at the time. Then forty-three-year-old Lesnar was adamant that the match against McIntyre and the setting that it was held in enabled him to go full circle and leave.
When I was younger I thought ‘ah, I’ll want to retire when I’m 40.
I actually retired when COVID hit and my contract was up in 2020. I had my first pro wrestling match in Hamel, Minnesota in a garage in front of no people. And 20 years later, in the WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world, had my last wrestling match in a warehouse in front of no people. So 20 years, full cycle, full revolution. And I’m like ‘alright, cool, I’m out.
Brock Lesnar would later change his mind about retirement before returning to wrestling WWE during SummerSlam 2021, where he will take on Roman Reigns. Lesnar’s answer was straightforward when asked about what led to his shift in mind. Lesnar said:
Brock Lesnar returned to WWE with his new appearance of long beard and ponytail. The wrestler explained the reason for the change in his appearance.
My whole life I’ve been wearing a flat top. You know, crew cut. I grew my beard out. I had one beard when I fought in the UFC, but I said ‘I’m just, I’m just gonna let it all go.’ And then last summer before any of this evolved, like, it was so hot. I’m like ‘I’m gonna cut my hair.’
So my kids cut my hair and then they were like ‘I’m gonna give you a mohawk.’ And then they go ‘I bet you won’t wear a ponytail.’ I was like ‘I’m not gonna lose a bet to my kid.’ So I wore this, this look that I got. And it wasn’t like a mastermind of nothing. It was a joke. Here I am. Brock Lesnar, the biga– joke.