Brock Lesnar Says He Retired After WrestleMania 36, 'Cha-Ching' Brought Him Back

Brock Lesnar was off television throughout the pandemic era, disappearing after losing the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36.

Lesnar would eventually return to the company shortly after crowds were welcomed back at SummerSlam 2021.

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According to Lesnar, he considered himself retired following WrestleMania 36.

"When I was younger I thought, I wanna retire when I'm 40," said Lesnar on the Michael Kay Show when asked how long he plans to keep going. "I actually retired when COVID hit and my contract was up in 2020. Full circle Brock Lesnar story, I had my first wrestling match in Minnesota was in a garage with no people. 20 years later, had a WWE Title match at WrestleMania in a warehouse in front of no people. 20 years, full circle. I was like 'I'm out.'"

What brought Brock back?

"Cha-ching," he said with a laugh.

When Lesnar returned at SummerSlam 2021, he was sporting a new look, showing up with a ponytail and beard.

"My whole life I've been wearing a flat top, crew cut. In UFC I grew my beard out once. I said I'm gonna let it all go (once I left WWE). Last summer, before any of this evolved, it was so hot, I said 'I'm gonna cut my hair,' so my kids cut my hair. They said, 'We're going to give you a mohawk.' Then they go, I bet you won't wear a ponytail.' I wasn't gonna lose a bet to my kids. So, I wore this look. It wasn't a mastermind (plan), it was a joke. Here I am. Brock Lesnar is a big ass joke," he joked.

Lesnar has been featured regularly on WWE television since his return at SummerSlam 2021. He is set to defend his WWE Championship March 5 at a live event at Madison Square Garden.

Fightful will have news from the show and results following the conclusion of the event.

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