Backstage Heat On Brock Lesnar After WWE Royal Rumble 2023

The Beast's improvisations didn't go over well with everyone at Saturday's event.

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar's early exit from Saturday's Royal Rumble match led to the Beast going on an unhinged rampage at ringside that apparently went off-script a bit, and that might have rubbed some the wrong way.

Lesnar was eliminated from the Rumble after less than three minutes when Bobby Lashley dumped him out. Brock sat on the ground incredulous for a bit before going berserk, slamming the ring steps on the announce desk, demolishing Baron Corbin and shoving referee Eddie Orengo over the barricade.

But Fightful Select reports that some of those spots weren't planned and caught several by surprise, which has led to some heat on Lesnar. Reportedly, some wrestlers in the ring and personnel at ringside weren't aware of the spot with the stairs being used as a weapon, nor the moment he threw part of the desk back into the ring.


One source told Fightful that they were aware "a freak-out was planned, and it's Brock, so expect anything and everything."


However, dumping the ref over the barricade might be the spot that landed Lesnar in a bit of hot water. Orengo reportedly was supposed to be the ref who raised Cody Rhodes' hand at the end of the Rumble, but because he went to the back to sell Brock's attack, another referee had to take that spot. There were rumors that Orengo sustained a foot injury, but Fightful hasn't confirmed that.

It should be noted that one source commented that "heat is a relative term" when talking about Brock, and that while some people backstage were upset, it doesn't seem like this is going to be a huge issue going forward.

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Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.