Former WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has never been one to bow down and take the orders from anyone. The former NCAA champion was signed by WWE in year 2000 and immediately sent to the OVW. That was clear early on that Brock Lesnar had what it took to make that in the WWE and self-confidence has never been a issue for Brock.
After spending about one year in WWE’s then-developmental system, OVW, learning the basics, Brock Lesnar did something that is practically unheard of from a rookie in the WWE, Brock demanded that WWE sent him to the main roster and threatened to quit and go home if they didn’t comply.
Gerald Briscoe has since spoke about the incident, describing what Brock Lesnar said on the Mobile phone when he called him:
(One day I get an call ring, and that’s Brock Lesnar. Brock really frustrated. He wanted to leave. Brock Lesnar said, ‘I’ve got many other options. It wasn’t a ultimatum or anything, that was only him giving me his lay of the land and telling me what’s going on. Brock said, ‘I want to be out of here in the two months. We’re ready for the main roster).
Jim Cornette later revealed in a interview that Brock was so highly regarded by the WWE it he was making multiple times what the other developmental talents were making at the time. Here’s what Jim Cornette said:
(With Brock Lesnar I’ll be honest with you, Brock was getting paid about four or five times more than everyone else in the developmental programme because of who he was. You don’t come across a athletic specimen like that who won the NCAA Heavyweight Championship Title everyday. However Brock was not a natural wrestling fan, not a natural wrestling student, he was a bit boring in the ring to be honest because he wasn’t used to being an showman. Also for an world-class athlete I didn’t think he was trying five times as hard as his the salary.)
However, taking the unprecedented step of demanding an call up to main worked out well for Brock Lesnar. Brock won the WWE Championship withing the six months of his main roster debut in year 2002 and he is currently one of the highest paid WWE Superstars on the WWE roster