Along the road to WrestleMania, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar broke some news this week on ESPN. He was addicted to painkillers and vodka for a couple of years while he was in the WWE the first time.
In the video below, Lesnar told ESPN’s Hannah Storm that he had a “no-quit” attitude while on the road with the WWE. He medicated himself with Vicodin and Vodka. One of the reasons he abruptly left the WWE the first time was because he hated the road schedule and traveling.
“I was on the road and I was injured and I was the champion and I didn’t want to quit,” Lesnar said. “Vicodin and vodka were my closest friends and my closest enemies. So I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. I had to get out of the wrestling business back then to save my life.”
Lesnar, of course, left the WWE to try out for the Minnesota Vikings. He played four practice games and was the last man cut. The Vikings wanted to send him to NFL Europe and possibly sign him to the NFL later, but Lesnar declined. Instead, he embarked into the world of mixed martial arts and eventually the UFC, where he became the biggest PPV draw of his time, and TKO’d Randy Couture to become the UFC heavyweight champion.
Most fight insiders believed that had Lesnar not contracted diverticulitis, he would have enjoyed a longer career competing in the UFC. Lesnar later returned to the WWE on a part-time schedule, won the WWE championship, and broke the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
Lesnar is gearing up to face Dean Ambrose at this Sunday’s WrestleMania at ATT Stadium in Texas.
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