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Who Screwed Brock Lesnar
February 19, 2005 by Xtreme Falls


In my new column I want to discuss recent events that have occurred between Brock Lesnar and World Wrestling Entertainment. As we know, Brock filed a lawsuit against the WWE to break the No Compete clause in his contract, to enable him to get out of the WWE and join the NFL. Now for those who don't know the contract says, Brock cannot compete in any other company including TNA, anywhere in Japan, or any other type of wrestling promotion. This will last until the year 2010, which, now that he has no offers from the NFL, has left Brock out on his ass.

Why did he leave WWE in the first place" The reason given by Brock was to join the National Football League. Which he did, but after failing to make the Minnesota Vikings practice squad and being cut from the roster he is now left doing nothing. Also there was an internet rumor he didn't want to be the Undertaker's first feud knowing he was going to lose so he left. Another internet rumor suggested he was embarrassed that after Eddie Guerrero won the WWE title, the business numbers picked up. Brock also gave the reason that he was tired of the travelling schedule of the WWE, which I think we all can agree is really rough to do. The question is, was the reason he left legit or just Brock playing politics"

Here is where the story got interesting. It was two weeks before Wrestlemania 20, the biggest PPV for the WWE in a long time, when news broke on the internet that Brock Lesnar gave his notice. Lesnar quit WWE two weeks before his showdown with someone most people knew was leaving after Wrestlemania - Goldberg. It was reported that Brock agreed to perform the match with Steve Austin as referee. So at Wrestlemania 20, in what was supposed to be one of the big main events, a classic Wrestlemania moment ended up being a complete disaster. Brock and Goldberg had the fans turn on them and boo both men out of the building chanting "This Match Sucks" and singing good-bye. The egos of both men took a huge blow. To be fair to the fans they never really got a reason to cheer either man; both when out there stared each other down for six minutes. At one point Brock locked Goldberg in a standing arm bar. After the fans booed them for sitting in the move for two minutes Brock broke the hold and they resumed it for another two minutes. So after being embarrassed and looking horrible in his last WWE match, he walked out of the WWE doors after two years of being over pushed, getting three title runs, and causing SmackDown! to look bad with the show being written around him.

Off to football Brock went, where he trained for a couple of months to get in shape. He got his chance to work out in front of NFL teams such as the Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles. After a shaky period, where it was unknown if Lesnar would get a deal, the Vikings decided to sign him to the practice squad. During this time Brock was said to refuse to sign anything for fans that was WWE related, as well as bad-mouthing wrestling and the WWE. Sable (aka Rena Mero, Brock's girlfriend) also got in to the action and bashed the WWE. Not surprisingly, she was fired. After a while Brock was cut from the Vikings and told he might be offered a job if he went to NFL Europe and trained more.

Rumors start to come out that Brock Lesnar called Vince McMahon to get back in the WWE but his calls weren't answered. After a couple of weeks went by Brock showed up at a Japan show with Rena Mero and didn't really do much. The week of the Royal Rumble there was a rumor Brock had signed to be the 30th man in the Royal Rumble. The Rumble came and went and no Brock Lesnar showed up. It was then said on the internet that the reason Brock was not let back into the WWE was because his asking price and travel demands were downright impossible for the WWE to consider. So now, less than a week ago, news broke that Brock Lesnar is suing the WWE because he willingly signed a No Compete clause that lasted until the year 2010 and has now said it made it impossible for him to make a living.

So now that I've caught you up let me talk about what I think about all of this crap. First off I gotta ask the question - how did a guy go from being the most Promising Youngster since Chris Jericho, to being a bitter young jerk" OK I don't believe he was too committed to the football thing because, come on, he hasn't played since high school and didn't really try too hard (in my opinion) to make it in the sport. I think Brock saw he was moving out of the top spot and didn't want to become an upper midcarder so he left, planning on coming back later. See the problem was the fans found out he was leaving and was booed and hated. So now the question is who screwed Brock - WWE and Vince McMahon or Brock Lesnar"

The answer fans - Brock Lesnar screwed Brock Lesnar not Vince McMahon and the WWE. In the first place, he shouldn't have decided to leave at SmackDown! when he knew Goldberg was leaving and the WWE needed him - leaving did nothing but piss the WWE off. He knew what he was signing when he did. Also Brock bashing the WWE and the wrestling business was stupid and his wife bashing the WWE didn't help him either. It did nothing but show Lesnar had no respect for the WWE or the business. Brock refusing to sign WWE products was another jack ass move by the man, I mean you don't have to like it, just sign the damn thing your fans. Now he wants back after all that but he also wants stuff he doesn't deserve. He is no Hulk Hogan or Steve Austin, who can justify a lot of money, and he isn't the Undertaker who went 12 years of full time travel schedule before getting less travel time. He doesn't deserve a lot of money and less travel. In real life Brock is not a big draw, because considering the push he was given and the results the WWE got, you would have to say it was a disappointment.

So what's left for him to do" One - drop the stupid lawsuit because the WWE is not stopping him from making a living they are stopping him from making money off the guy they created. I will admit the year 2010 is a long way off, but Brock knew what he was signing so that's his problem. Two - he should go on every wrestling radio show and say sorry to the fans. If the WWE is willing to bring him in he should take a big pay cut, travel anytime he can and job when asked to get the respect of the locker room back. He also needs to do something to get someone like me who feels he not only insulted and walked out on Vince McMahon but he did that to every one of the fans and people who helped get him there. So to the fans who disagree with my opinion I really couldn't less because I know that the reasons he left and the reasons he isn't back is really his fault.

OK, well now that I'm done with that all I wanna say is thanks for reading the column and would love some feedback, if its negative I will e-mail you something back, I swear, and if its positive I will do the same. OK thanks.

by Xtreme Falls..


Lance Crucifix wrote:
Thank you! You are correct, and quite wise, Brock sucks flat out, while I give him credit for what he did do, let's take a look at the person that created Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman. If not for the genius of Mr. Heyman, there wouldn't be a Brock Lesnar. While Brock was talented technically, he was by no means a good wrestler, Strength only goes so far, inovative moves, CHARISMA!!!!! and all around respect for the sport, makes you a good wrestler, I will never forgive Brock, cause I hate'em, along with Monty Brown and Golberg! lol.
Maurice Yates wrote:
Dude, fair point made here but your spelling, grammar and syntax are almost indecipherable. First of all, it's LesNAR. You're whole column looks like it was written by a 10 year old mark simply because of your careless spelling errors.

There's too many references to hazey fan-boy rumours spread on the Internet, how could any of what you reference be taken seriously when it could be fiction"

Next time spell check and read your columns over, do us all a favour.

Editor's Note: Since its original posting, this column has been edited by OWW's official editor, Kirsty Quested.
Jess wrote:
VERY GOOD article here. Whether it's true or not, we cannot ignore any rumor about a wrestler.. ex-wrestler's career. I hated Lesnar from the beginning all because of that stupid push he received. I agree with everything in the article.. Lesnar never really put his career in his heart, just his brain. Yes, he probably got a lot of money for his size and yes, he use negotiation talks to become the "Next Big Thing." But the real champions are people like Shawn Micheals, Stone Cold, Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Triple H, and Ric Flair just to name a few. These are people who did something called "sacrifice." Shawn Micheals has been wrestling sense he was 17! (Well, trained at 17, wrestled sense 18) Stone Cold was the biggest name in the late 90s and deserves a very high spot in Wrestling Hall of Fame some years down the road from now. Three wives, two(or three") children, years spent eating potatos. Undertaker spent twelve.. thirteen, fifteen.. something years wrestling for WWE.. add that to wrestling for Indy feds (during the time of Territories) and wrestling for WCW, he's been around for quite a while. He basically gave his life to wrestling.

I won't go into detail of every wrestler, especially Flair's, but I will say that Lesnar is nothing more than a giant take-it-in-the-ass bitch. Excuse my language, but all he did was show up and "dominate" and let it get to his head. Then when it came time to allow others to become the top draws, he was so angry and embarassed that he ran home. Many thought that Lesnar vs. Goldberg should have been a good match worth up about 10 minutes, maybe 15. The match they actually should have ended at three.. two minutes with the two making their crummy entrance and one minute with Austin stunning them.

I may sound cruel, but it infuriates me when wrestlers make themselves bigger than life, leave, then want to return and get mad because they can't come back with hugs and kisses. Lesnar knew what he signed and he accepted.. he's a dumbass for ever thinking he could find a way to get around it.
Matty G wrote:
Couldn't agree more. Brock Lesnar screwed Brock Lesnar.
cameron fowler wrote:
Yeah, as much as I love the guy, I hope he just gets laughed out of court.
Brad Dykens wrote:
If I could play devils advocate here for a moment. I think Brock Lesnar has a case, but it should be a Class Action suit. I know Brock Lesnar left on his own decision, but what about all the guys who were fired" What right does WWE have to terminate someone's contract and then tell them they can't work for a specified time period" I think the whole no-compete clause idea is B.S.! Brock Lesnar, on the other hand, deserved some kind of no-compete clause, just to make sure he wasn't planning to jump to the competition (wait, what competition") but not a 5-year no-compete clause that is just ridiculous! Nice idea for an article by the way.
ShaunCl wrote:
Vince screwed Lesnar. He should have kept quiet about Brock leaving. And another reason is also that they made Brock job to Eddie Gureero of all people. Youd be angry if you were made to job to tallentless piece of trash.
Laurens Fuchs wrote:
Well, I just read your column and I gotta say you made some good points.

When I first heard about Lesnar's intentions of leaving the WWE to make it in the NFL I thought yeah good luck with that.... I don't think he was too serious about that anyway and I also think he kinda thought "well, I'm Brock Lesnar, I've been big in the WWE, so I'll go somewhere in the NFL anyhow..." but the NFL is about football and not entertainment.... and the NFL definitely isn't Hollywood.... to me it seems that Lesnar isn't the smartest guy around, for more than one reason.

First of all, everybody that's only slightly interested in the wrestling business (let alone IS in the wrestling business) knows that it ain't no piece o' cake when it comes to travelling and working schedules..... even more so if you're not SCSA, The Rock or The Undertaker, as you mentioned in your column, where you might get some reliefs due to having done/accomplished something on a long-term base.... so complaining about that after such a short period of time is a bit well "duh".... next, anyone knows that it's not the best idea to bad-mouth Vinnie Mac or the WWE in general, especially if you eventually might wanna go back there someday.... others have made that mistake and paid for it because the WWE doors remained closed for them forever.

Then I'll go on saying he's not the brightest guy around cause as you mentioned he knew what he was signing at that time and he should have known what it would mean for him if he - for whatever reason - wouldn't make it in the NFL or should change his mind and wanna go back to pro-wrestling.... plain stupid, and crying about it now and filing a lawsuit is just ridiculous.... but whatever. If he left because he feared the the Undertaker's comeback on SmackDown and thought he would have to feud with him and might have to come out on the short end of the stick, well that only proves his stupidity even more so. Cause even if he would have had to job to the Taker a few times it wouldn't have hurt his WWE career in the long run at all (plus the Undertaker is beyond the 40) - especially since he's really been totally overpushed in the short amount of time he's been around. He could have had a really shiny career in WWE ahead of him beyond the Undertaker. And it's true indeed that he has been totally overpushed, something I never liked in the first place, cause let's face it, he's no Kurt Angle and when you have guys like Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho and others who are all excellent and who have to work hard for years and years seemingly without getting anywhere before getting the belt once, it's a shame that someone like Lesnar shows up and practically gets all the glory overnight.

To sum things up, Lesnar made some bad decisions and he now has to face the consequences and rightfully so, I don't miss him at all, there's other guys I prefer to watch and there are loads of other guys I'd like to see perform in the WWE, so who cares about Brock Lesnar" And as far as WWE making it impossible for him to make a living, well he can always carry out furniture or something like that....
Thomas wrote:
I totally agree with Xtreme Falls. Brock Lesnar went from being the "Next Big Thing," to being the "Next Big A**hole!" -- Both he and Goldberg deserved every boo they got at WrestleMania.
Navin Panesar wrote:
you have excellent points, brock put the last nail in his coffin when he turned his back on the fans because he would not get any respect from the locker room in japan or the fans there because america is small time compared to japan and thats not meaning any offence to america but japan take wrestling so serious, but back to the subject in hand, brock is a loser he has the muscle but not the brain because he didnt realise that he would have been back in the main events and challenging for the title in no time because they cannot deney a guy like brock from a title shot, and instead of quitting he could hav asked for a renegotiation of contract and got all of those things instead of turning his back on everyone..
XtremeFalls43 wrote:
I'm glad i've gotten a lot of feed back, and I thank everyone who wrote something back. I just wanna say first to Brad yes the 5 year thing is kinda of stupid but I mean one Brock knew what he signed and Brock also would make money going to TNA, and Japan off of what the WWE built. I also wanna say Brock saying the WWE is making it impossible for him to make a living is bull, I mean he could one come back to the WWE and suck up the crap he talks. Also he could get a trade and do that. Anyways thanks for reading
Joshua wrote:
I have to say that, this was a great article about Brock screwing Brock. I was never a fan of Brock while he was wrestling, and when he left shred any respect I had for the man. But, this lawsuit is ridiculous. How is not able to make a living" He can always work at McDonald's. It's not like he had any respect for the world of wrestling anyways. I, personally, hope that the WWE mops the floor with him and that he is not able to walk inside of a ring ever again. There are a lot more deserving people busting their humps every day in the independents,than Brock will ever be.
-Rhey wrote:
While I agree with everthing said, there's no point in bashing Brock's wrestling skills. He was always one of the most impressive in the ring, and had both amazing power and technical abilities...he could have gone far, but he screwed himself when he started badmouthing WWE, Vince, and wrestling in general. He doesn't deserve to come back after that crap. Oh, by the way, ShuanCl: Eddie Guerrero is one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE...NOT a useless piece of trash.
Russell Porter wrote:
hey i just wanna say something about the guy that posted the message saying eddie guerrero was a talentless piece of trash, eddie is the best mexican wrestler ever making him the 3rd best wrestler ever next to benoit and bret hart eddie is not a talentless piece of trash
Lisa Anderson wrote:
Great article.Brock screwed Brock and he is arrogent.But whoever bashes Brock wrestling skills must be crazy.He was a great wrestler,great charisma,gave you goose bumps.Not to mention an athletic freak(his special in OVW was a shooting star press,WHAT).The reason I think he was not succesful I think is he was overused and gimmick wasn't built enough to a super heel or face(probably the attitude had a factor).
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