WWE Govt Director Bruce Prichard has given his tackle Brock Lesnar’s authorized battle with WWE following his first exit from the corporate.
Lesnar left WWE in March 2004 after two years on the principle roster and 18 months within the firm’s Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) developmental system. The previous WWE Champion’s contract said he was not allowed to work for some other wrestling corporations till 2010.
Talking on his One thing to Wrestle With podcast, Prichard recalled how Lesnar and WWE have been concerned in a authorized battle over the contract clause. In June 2006, each events got here to an settlement and the case was dismissed:
“Generally you simply attain some extent of sufficient and being completed with it and you progress on, and that’s just about the place we have been at that time,” Prichard stated. “It [WWE’s thought process] was you shield your IP [intellectual property] as a lot as you possibly can, you attempt to shield – that’s why you could have contracts – and do what it’s important to do.”
Brock Lesnar competed in seven matches for New Japan Professional Wrestling (NJPW) in 2005 and 2006. Following the authorized case, he additionally misplaced a match towards former WWE rival Kurt Angle at an Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) occasion in 2007.
WWE and Brock Lesnar held talks in 2005
In 2005, Brock Lesnar entered negotiations with WWE about probably returning to the corporate. Talks broke down and he didn’t rejoin WWE once more till 2012.
Bruce Prichard labored as a key member of WWE’s artistic workforce through the time that WWE held talks with Lesnar about returning. From his perspective, Prichard didn’t have any curiosity in creating storylines for Lesnar till his return was confirmed:
“However then when it’s over [the legal battle], sooner or later you’ve simply gotta transfer on,” Prichard added. “And from our vantage level that was one thing the attorneys have been battling with, and that’s not something that we have been in a day-to-day, ‘What’s the standing there?’ There was by no means at that time, ‘Okay, properly, he’s coming again right here.’ That wasn’t what we have been on the lookout for, so I actually didn’t care [as a creative team member].”
Brock Lesnar grew to become a free agent in 2020 after shedding the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36. His former on-screen advocate, Paul Heyman, advised DAZN this week that The Beast will solely return to WWE when he desires to.
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