Brock Lesnar’s former WWE rival Zach Gowen attended today’s edition of SmackDown, according to his latest tweet.
Back in 2003-04, WWE signed one-legged wrestler Zach Gowen and he had a brief stint with the blue brand. The 39-year-old took on some of the biggest names in television back then, including Vince McMahon and Brock Lesnar. To this day, fans remember The Beast Incarnate’s barbaric smack on Gowen during a singles match on SmackDown.
About 19 years after being fired from the Stamford-based promotion, Gowen returned to the company on tonight’s episode of SmackDown. He posed for a photo with his kids and thanked WWE in his tweet.
Check it out below:
“I didn’t expect to be back in a WWE ring with my oldest boys for the first time, but it was perfect. Thank you @WWE.”
Interestingly, Gowen has a win over Brock Lesnar in WWE
By August 2003, Lesnar had transitioned back into a full-fledged Heel and was targeting SmackDown’s babyfaces on a weekly basis.
He met Zach Gowen in a singles competition on August 19, 2003, taped SmackDown and brutally beat him right in front of his mother. Gowen thus achieved a DQ victory over The Beast Incarnate.
Again, fans were pretty excited about Gowen’s picture in a WWE arena. Here are some of the reactions:
Gowen was fired from the company in February 2004. He competed for several other promotions and also in the independent scene. In 2021, Gowen made it clear he wasn’t interested in a WWE return as a full-time cast member:
“Yes, if only WWE would offer me the exact same contract that Brock Lesnar has. I want his money and exactly the same number of dates (laughs). I have zero interest, I’ll tell you honestly, I have exactly zero interest. Traveling full time for 38 years, standing on one leg for 30 years, father of three children, as well as my other businesses that I am involved in offer I have so much fulfillment and opportunity, hey listen, my phone is on.”
When a fan asked Gowen the reason for his presence on SmackDown, he made a joke in his response, according to the tweet embedded above. One wonders if Gowen will appear in the Royal Rumble match at the end.
Do you remember Zach Gowen? Share your favorite WWE moment with the veteran.
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