The backstage physical altercation between Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho shortly after SummerSlam had concluded may be the craziest story of the year so far. A confrontation over the violent ending to Lesnar’s main event match with Randy Orton that should have been quickly defused, because the hardway blood TKO finish was planned, instead escalated into a heated shoving match between the two.
The latest detail regarding the incident which has leaked out is that during the fight Lesnar apparently taunted Jericho and called him a bunch of names that could get him in trouble if they ever came out, according to Dave Meltzer on his Wrestling Observer Radio podcast, on top of the previously reported sexist slurs “bitch” and “pussy”.
Given that Lesnar demeaned Jericho by kissing him on the forehead during their fight and Meltzer’s phrasing, one naturally comes to the conclusion that Lesnar must have also uttered homophobic slurs during the spat too. The likelihood that the seemingly untouchable Lesnar will not be punished for this unprofessional conduct would obviously be at odds with WWE’s partnership with GLAAD and their high profile campaigns against homophobic bullying.
If true, it wouldn’t be the first time that the self-described "blue-collar redneck" has been homophobic. In 2004, ESPN reporter Wayne Drehs recalled a situation where a young lady told Lesnar that her friend Shawn thought he was “kinda cute”. Lesnar’s reaction was irate:
"Yeah?" the former pro wrestler said, his voice growing louder, his eyes getting bigger. "Well you tell that ..."
To print what Brock Lesnar said might make even John Rocker blush. But after his curse-laden outburst, he turned to a nearby reporter and explained, "I don't like gays. Write that down in your little notebook. I don't like gays."
Admittedly, Lesnar did apologise for that remark a month later when it came under fire saying “I'm sorry for my statement. I'm sorry for anybody's feelings I hurt.”
Proving their commitment to the LGBT cause, WWE scripted on this week’s Monday Night Raw jobber Johnny Knockout to say that he wanted to face Braun Strowman because he liked “big sweaty men.” It’s probably a good thing they didn’t book him against Lesnar as that might have freaked him out.