Brock Lesnar in awe of Target Center crowd; says he wrestles so he can farm


After a triumphant return to the Twin Cities Monday night, Minnesota resident and University of Minnesota alum Brock Lesnar revealed the motivation behind his return to the wrestling ring in 2012.

"I wrestle so I can farm. It's just who I am...I can farm more land if I have more money," he told ESPN SportsCenter Tuesday morning, according to

The WWE superstar, who was born and raised in South Dakota but went to college and now lives in Minnesota, was given a hero's welcome at Target Center at Monday Night Raw.

Ending the show with his manager Paul Heyman, streamers and confetti in the Gophers' colors of maroon and gold burst from the rafters onto the crowd who cheered their "hometown boy" (his hometown in the WWE is billed as Minneapolis).

Such was his popularity, the crowd even took to booing The Undertaker – Lesnar's opponent this Sunday at the SummerSlam pay-per-view – when he interrupted and attacked Lesnar, delivering a chokeslam and a Tombstone piledriver.

Speaking to ESPN, Lesnar said: "Honestly, that was the first time I've ever felt something like that. It was really cool. I was standing there and I didn't actually know what to do. I just soaked it in and enjoyed the moment."

Lesnar on farming, Vikings training camp

Lesnar's early morning interview with ESPN meant he didn't have any time after Raw to head to his farm in Alexandria, where he lives with his wife (former WWE wrestler Sable) and their children.

His ability to till the land has been improved by his current deal with the WWE, in which he works part time, cutting out the gruelling, 300-day-a-year road schedule that saw him leave the company in the mid-2000s and try his hand at UFC.

And despite winning an NCAA Heavyweight Championship as a Gopher, and becoming multiple UFC and WWE champions during his glittering career, Lesnar identified taking part in the Minnesota Vikings' training camp in 2004 as the toughest thing he's ever done.

"To me, to this day, the NFL training camp was mentally and physically very hard, because I was out of my element totally."

Asked what was hard about it, he said: "Getting hit and not knowing where it was coming from and not knowing what the hell was going on."

You can watch part of Lesnar's interview below.

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