Brock Lesnar once attempted to tackle The Big Show backstage on a dare, according to Matt Morgan.
Prior to finding success during his time with TNA Wrestling, now known as IMPACT, Morgan spent time in WWE’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling and on SmackDown during the original brand split. Morgan appeared on last Monday night’s edition of the Wrestling Inc. podcast with Ryback, Raj Giri and Glenn Rubenstein. During the broadcast, a fan asked Morgan and Ryback about the best backstage prank they saw or took part in during their careers.
Morgan recalled when Lesnar attempted to tackle The Big Show backstage at a house show event sometime after Survivor Series in 2003. Morgan said during a house show, JBL goaded Lesnar into attacking The Big Show on his way back from a match.
“It was the time I was doing the Team Lesnar bit at Survivor Series,” Morgan said. “Survivor Series had come and gone. Nathan Jones, my partner, ends up quitting. So now I’m escorting Brock to the ring as his heater, like he really needs a f–king heater, right. But therein lies the heat.
“Anyways, we’re on a house show doing this, and Big Show had just turned babyface, and we’re on the house show. He wrestles JBL that night, gets done with his match, JBL comes back to the curtain, Big Show is still doing his babyface crap in the ring with the fans, and JBL goes to Brock. He goes, ‘You know, I bet, you son of a b—h, don’t got a hair on your ass that you won’t full on tackle The Big Show when he brings his fat ass back here.’ Sure enough, Big Show comes through the curtain. He’s soaking wet with sweat and he’s breathing heavy from a hard match, he’s not expecting this. Dude, and all of a sudden he was just like, ‘Huh, huh, huh,’ [Lesnar] bulldozes him across the linoleum floor. Form tackles, like a spinebuster, Big Show right on to the linoleum floor. If you could hear and feel this flab hitting the linoleum floor under our feet. You could feel that shaking the ground.”
Morgan revealed he felt bad for Big Show after the incident and said this kind of ribbing can get into the head of even the largest superstars.
“And I felt terrible because Big Show, and I’m not trying to out the guy here, but he has to mad about this afterwards,” he said. “Like his feelings were legit hurt by this. I felt terrible. It just goes to show you that no matter how big you are, how tough you think you are, enough of this ribbing and whatnot, can screw with you mentally a little bit.”
You can watch the full episode of the podcast above. Morgan’s comments begin around the 1:11:40 mark of the podcast.
The Wrestling Inc. Podcast airs every Monday immediately following WWE RAW, Wednesdays immediately following AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT, Fridays immediately following WWE SmackDown, post-AEW PPV or NXT TakeOver Saturdays, and post-WWE PPV Sundays immediately after the event with Matt Morgan, Glenn Rubenstein, and either Raj Giri or Justin LaBar.