Brock Lesnar: Time For WWE To Move On From The Beast Incarnate


As 2018 approaches, it’s time for WWE to really consider some major changes to their company in order to effectively continue to dominate the professional wrestling landscape while at the same time deliver the best possible product to the WWE Universe. What does that mean for Brock Lesnar?

There are a countless number of things that the WWE can and should do in order to make the product better and take professional wrestling and sports entertainment to even new heights. Over the next coming weeks I will be showcasing some of my ideas for the coming year. The first thing I would like to discuss is the most important one in order for WWE to accomplish those things: Brock Lesnar needs to go.

He is just awful. He provides nothing valuable to professional wrestling or sports entertainment in any way. I know that sounds harsh, but allow me to elaborate, in great detail.

When Brock Lesnar first appeared on WWE television in 2002 he was arguably one of the most entertaining wrestlers to come on the scene in a long time. He was gigantic, young, strong, and surprisingly agile. He had innovative moves, a great look, and most importantly he had the greatest mouth piece in the history of wrestling speaking for him, Paul Heyman. Heyman made up for the fact that Brock couldn’t talk his way out of a wet paper bag. As a “Paul Heyman Guy” Lesnar was pushed to the top of WWE a mere five months after his debut when he became the youngest WWE champion in history.

All of this was great and was good for WWE, Brock was an undeniable talent and with Heyman at his side doing all his talking for him, he was the ultimate “big man” in the company, rivaling the lore, mystique, and aura of some of the greats of professional wrestling that were terrible on the mic, like The Undertaker, Andre the Giant, and more.

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Then in 2004, at the height of his popularity, Lesnar decided to leave WWE and try his luck in the NFL. Where he failed. Then he tried to wrestle in Japan with New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he immediately won the IWGP world championship, then ruined that over a contract dispute. Brock then joined the MMA ranks in 2006, where he experienced great fame almost immediately. He headlined PPV’s for UFC and won the Heavyweight Championship in a match most agreed he didn’t deserve but received based on his name recognition. He spent the next five years in and out of MMA and the hospital with diverticulitis until he left UFC in 2011.

In 2012, he returned to the WWE, he spent the next few years going back and forth between the WWE and UFC. He beat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX ending his undefeated streak in one of the most amazing and shocking moves in WWE history. Then he went back to UFC in 2016 until he was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance. He finally came back to WWE full time after that, and I use the term “full time” very, very loosely. He mainly has wrestled at PPV’s and was rarely seen on weekly television.

Since Wrestlemania 32 in 2016, Lesnar has wrestled 18 matches, let that sink in, that’s 20 months give or take, and the man has wrestled 18 matches since then. Only one of his matches has been on Monday Night Raw, the vast majority have been only PPV matches. Less than one match per month over almost the last two years is what the man has averaged. How can this man be the face of the WWE and more importantly how can he be the Universal Champion when he almost never appears on the flagship show of WWE of which he is the champion.

Lesnar’s biggest slight against the WWE universe is his inability to perform in the ring. He is a terribly bad performer. His in ring repertoire of moves is completely disgusting, simplistic, and insulting. His ability to execute the simplest of moves is and should be appalling to wrestling fans everywhere. As much as superstars like Hulk Hogan, John Cena, and Roman Reigns are accused of having terrible move sets and very little arrays of moves, Brock Lesnar is even worse. More importantly than his move list though, is his in ring conditioning and stamina. His matches rarely last more than 10 minutes and how on earth can that be acceptable for a champion? The answer is it can’t, he is a terrible wrestler who refuses to wrestle a full schedule, or even a respectable and/or legitimate part time schedule.

It boils down to this, Brock Lesnar has held WWE hostage long enough, he has ridden the coat tails of his beginnings in WWE long enough. He has abused his status and name recognition long enough. Great competitors and superstars in the history of WWE at the very least give themselves to the company and the fans on a weekly basis.

Brock Lesnar uses WWE for his own personal gain, he puts forth little to no effort to his craft and routinely (in his last 18 matches that took place over the last two years at least) disappoints fans with his terrible, boring, and honestly insulting matches.  He needs to put forth more effort, he needs to wrestle a more complete schedule and commit to begin on television every Monday night and, even though it’s not a real rule, defend his title at least every 30 days (he literally went from April 3rd, 2016, to August 21st, 2016 without defending his title). Lesnar either needs to do those things, or he needs to go. He is, without exaggeration, the worst WWE champion to ever exist.

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I’d rather have David Arquette win another title than have Brock continue to be champion (hyperbole of course, but come on, he is awful). I don’t think it is too much to ask to have a champion be on TV at least once a week. It should be a prerequisite.