Jim Ross: Brock Lesnar Felt Screwed Over At WWE WrestleMania 20
'I just think you guys screwed me'
Jim Ross has revealed Brock Lesnar was unhappy with his pay-check for his match with Goldberg at WWE WrestleMania 20.
Lesnar and Goldberg clashed in what was supposed to be a huge battle between two of WWE's biggest superstars in 2004, but the match was marred by each individually deciding to depart the company following WrestleMania 20.
Ross was serving as WWE Head Of Talent Relations at the time and recalled that both Lesnar and Goldberg earned $250,000 each for their match at the 2004 WrestleMania. However, Lesnar was not happy with the amount he was given, feeling like the WWE had 'screwed' him.
Speaking on his Grilling JR Podcast, he said: "Vince thought we were treating Brock well. He was making a lot of money, and I remember. I think the payoff, if I'm not mistaken, we did that show; I think he made $250,000, and so did Goldberg.
"I remember sitting in my office in Stamford, and Vince's assistant said, 'Brock Lesnar is on the line; he wanted to talk to Vince, and Vince wants him to talk to you.'
"I said, 'What are you basing this on? Did you do a forensic study on the finances of this event, or did one of your buddies tell you that you got screwed on your payoff? What are you basing this on? You've got to give me something here.' You didn't like it? And he said, 'I just think you guys screwed me'. I said, 'well, we didn't screw you, and I'm sorry you feel that way.' And he hung up on me.
"Look, I didn't have a problem with him hanging up on me. He heard his answer - 'You are not getting any more money. We think we paid you fairly.' But it was not the phone call; I was thinking, thank god he was on the phone and not staring me down the gullet (laughs). He is a little intimidating. So, that's how that worked out. We were really shocked that it had come to that."
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