10 Superstars who let power corrupt them

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August 30, 2012

Brock Lesnar

As “The Next Big Thing,” Brock Lesnar took WWE by storm in the early 2000s, rocketing straight to the top of the food chain under the tutelage of Paul Heyman and handily defeating The Rock to claim the Undisputed WWE Championship at SummerSlam 2002. Of course, once he had reached the mountaintop, Lesnar didn’t prove the most beatific of champions. To put it lightly, he went on a brutal tear throughout the WWE roster, leveling anything and everything in his path until he lost the title to Kurt Angle.

After his return in 2012, Lesnar found himself holding a different kind of power in his hands: the power of expectations. Then–Raw and SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis made it very clear he had brought Lesnar back because of the “legitimacy” the former UFC Heavyweight Champion carried with him. But Big Johnny overplayed his hand in the name of hype and allowed Lesnar to strong-arm him into an absurdly lucrative contract that even demanded that Monday Night Raw be rebranded as “Monday Night Raw Starring Brock Lesnar.”

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