Before They Were Stars: Brock Lesnar in the 1999 NCAA Amateur Wrestling Championships

Even if you don’t follow pro wrestling or mixed martial arts, Brock Lesnar is such a larger-than-life figure that you’ve probably heard his name. Lesnar has just made his much-anticipated return to the WWE after an eight-year absence, but long before he entered the world of 100 % real world of professional wrestling, he achieved a lot of success in the fake, predetermined world of amateur wrestling. Okay, okay, I kid. Anyway, this footage is from the finals of the 1999 NCAA Heavyweight Wrestling Championships and Brock pretty much looks like a toothpick compared to now. Football fans will probably recognize his opponent as Stephen Neal, who go on to win three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots.

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