Last night on Raw, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar came out to deliver their usual promo about how awesome Lesnar is, and in that masterful way that Paul Heyman does, attempt to gain heat for Lesnar and support for his opponent, in this case Goldberg. There was only one problem: Raw took place in Minnesota, the home state of one Brock Lesnar, where he attended the University of Minnesota and became an NCAA wrestling champion, and briefly attempted to play for the Vikings. WWE was clearly aware of where they were, as another hometown boy, Curtis Axel, cut a promo earlier in the evening reminding fans of his Minnesota roots and those of his father and grandfather. So, as surely everyone must have seen coming, Lesnar was welcomed as a conquering hero, with cheers of “Suplex City” and “Goldberg Sucks”, despite the attempts of Heyman to sway the partisan crowd.
Well, apparently one man was actually surprised by this development. According to Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer, Vince McMahon was apparently irate about the fact that the live audience wasn’t playing along and was cheering Lesnar, to the point that he actually called an audible and abruptly had the segment cut short. This likely explains why the promo suddenly ended with Heyman and Lesnar dropping the mic and walking away, despite not really having made their point yet. We’re not sure why someone would be surprised that Lesnar would get a hero’s welcome in his hometown (in fact, we assumed that was why the Lesnar return took place there), but we don’t run the biggest wrestling empire on the planet, so what do we know?