The Wrestling Backfire: Brock Lesnarâ€™s Returnâ€™s Failing (John Cena, HHH, Paul Heyman)
by, 07-25-2012 at 02:31 PM (12195 Views)
Whether itâ€™s the critical fans, exposure of the business, realizing that their favorite wrestlers arenâ€™t the men they portray on TV, or the dirt sheets that reveal spoilers, many fans believe the internet has ruined their love for the business. Personally, Iâ€™ve become a bigger fan because of the internet of professional wrestling, but I of course carry a lot of bias because I am able to voice my opinion every week about wrestling to a worldwide audience. Itâ€™s uncommon to go to your average coffee shop and have a conversation with a stranger about WWE than a sports game, movie or even a TV show. The reason is wrestling fans arenâ€™t the most voiced fans out there, but the internet has allowed us to come together and discuss everything. But I still cannot deny that the internet has made me a more critical observer, which has made marking out almost obsolete.
Back when I started wrestling, I would quite frankly mark out on every show if Stone Cold Steve Austin won. I was never the kind to jump up and down, but inside I felt warmer than a hot fire on a cold day. There are some rare scenarios where I do become overly joyful for something to happen, one of which that happened very recently. The scenario I am talking about is Brock Lesnarâ€™s return. Everyone who was a wrestling fan for the most part knew Lesnar signed a deal with the WWE, but nobody expected when heâ€™d show up, though. Some believed that heâ€™d be at Wrestlemania, while others believed they would wait until either Summerslam or next Wrestlemania.
The Rise:At the end the Raw that followed Wrestlemania, Cena called out the Rock right after the entire arena chanted for Brock Lesnar. The long wait for the Rock foreshadowed that he wasnâ€™t, leaving me in suspense and hope that it was Lesnar. Once I heard his theme, I said to my friend, â€œWow, they pulled the trigger!â€ To cap the moment off, he suckered Cena into an F-5 and kicked his hat like a football. It was truly a segment that a fan can only experience once in a lifetime and one that someone can re-experience again and again. Just when it couldnâ€™t get better, the WWE put together one of their best video packages ever and Lesnar cut the best promos ever about how heâ€™s going to legitimize the company, explained his actions, and showcased how much of an asshole he truly is.â€œIâ€™m not a superstar, Iâ€™m an ass kicker. I am Brock Lesnar, thatâ€™s it. I left the WWE, everybody thought, hereâ€™s a guy, thereâ€™s no way in hell heâ€™s gonna make it in the UFC, but I climbed that mountain and became UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world and I proved everybody wrong. Why did I come back to the WWE? This isnâ€™t a feel-good moment. This isnâ€™t â€˜Oh I miss coming through the curtain, I miss all the fans.â€™ At the end of the day, I donâ€™t care about anybody but Brock Lesnar. For me this is strictly business. We need a guy to legitimize this company and Brock Lesnar is that guy. Weâ€™re tired of John Cenaâ€™s bullcrap. John Cena is not the real guy. The only reason John is in the spot that heâ€™s in is because I left. If I was still around for the last eight years, John Cenaâ€™s the guy thatâ€™d be carrying my bags into the building. Thereâ€™s nothing about Brock Lesnar thatâ€™s fake. It was very evident last week when I took John Cena down and busted his mouth open. This is real. Whatâ€™s running through John Cenaâ€™s mind? I donâ€™t give a crap whatâ€™s running through his mind. Whatâ€™s more important is whatâ€™s running down his leg. Piss. The guyâ€™s scared. Shitting his pants is what heâ€™s doing. This isnâ€™t a wrestling match on April 29, this is an â€˜Extreme Rulesâ€™ match. I got one objective in mind: Utter freakinâ€™ chaos. Bring the pain to John Cena. Iâ€™m cominâ€™ for a fight John Cena. What makes me happy? Beatinâ€™ people up, that makes me happy.â€-Brock Lesnar.The Speed Bump:Heading into Cena and Lesnarâ€™s epic encounter, the majority believed there was only one irrational thing to do: have Lesnar lose to Cena. Frankly, it didnâ€™t matter that much how Lesnar won as long as he did. Instead, the WWE paid Lesnar 5 million dollars for a limited amount of dates to put over the top figurehead of the company, whoâ€™s reached the peak of popularity a long time ago. But because the match was so well-done, I felt like there had to be something to justify it and in hindsight there was. The reasons why Lesnar lost were because he became overzealous and Cena was lucky. Furthermore, Lesnar hurt Cena so badly that he announced that he was taking a league of absence, which made it feel like a rematch down the line. So it wasnâ€™t like all hope was lost.The Downfall:The next night things appeared to be improving: Lesnar broke Triple Hâ€™s arm and Cena was going to give a farewell on TV. Then, I heard Big Johnny say that heâ€™ll name John Cenaâ€™s opponent at Over The Limit, but I felt like there was no way the WWE could be that stupid. As a result, I eagerly watched John Cenaâ€™s promo. He rambled on about how thereâ€™s a difference between being hurt and injured and other shit that foreshadowed that he wasnâ€™t going anywhere. That led Big Johnny coming out to name Cenaâ€™s opponent at Over The Limit. We found out that Cena would be facing Johnny and that led to a god-awful match where the Big Show turned on Cena, which fooled nobody.To recap, Cena, who needed time off to heal and reform his gimmick, stayed on TV to feud with the general manager and someone he has feuded with a million times (and never had a good match with) instead of taking time off to help Lesnarâ€™s dominance feel more believable. Oh, and I also read that Lesnar wasnâ€™t going to get his rematch. The point was just to put their figurehead over.
Because of Lesnarâ€™s limited dates, Paul Heyman stepped in to do his dirty work. In fact, it was the best move WWE couldâ€™ve possibly made. The only flaw that Lesnar has thatâ€™s noticeable is his talking ability, something Heyman excels at. The slow-roasted (at least when it comes to these days) build to Summerslam wasnâ€™t lighting the world on fire, but it was keeping the story moving. On the 1,000 Raw, it began to ignite, as both HHH and Heyman brought their a-games by delivering a well-done segment. Stephanie McMahon contributed to the segment, even if it took personal heat with Heyman to deliver a promo that wasnâ€™t contrived for once.
As things became more dramatic after Steph slapped Heyman, he passionately delivered a bombshell where he said to Stephanie that she got her wish to see her husband get hurt (which portrayed Heyman as this evil bastard and made it feel as if Mr and Mrs. HHH bit off more than they can chew). Awesome! As Stephanie was kicking Heymanâ€™s ass, Lesnar finally came out and Cole shouted, â€œHERE COMES THE (MOTHER FUCKING) PAIN!!!!â€. Intensely,Lesnar threw shoulder blocks into Triple Hâ€™s midsection. Out of desperation, H made his comeback and then both intensely threw strikes back and forth until Triple H started to get the better of Lesnar. Then the what seemed impossible happened: Triple H clotheslined Brock Lesnar over the top-rope while Heyman looks on stunned and like a buffoon. Soâ€¦â€¦â€¦
TRIPLE H BEAT A FORMER MMA FIGHTER IN A BRAWL AND LESNAR GOT HIS COMEUPPANCE FOR BREAKING HIS ARM~!!!!!!
The WWE struck gold when they signed Brock Lesnar to a deal, as there isnâ€™t anyone on this planet that has the presence for the business and is already a huge moneymaker. The price-tag for Lesnar was high, but they still couldâ€™ve easily made oodles of profit off him and then, hopefully, signed a lengthier deal. Instead, theyâ€™ve pissed him off by deceiving him to the point where he actually negotiated with Dana White. Theyâ€™ve also absurdly wasted a lot of his dates. The feud with John Cena only needed his return, that ass-kicking promo, and the match. The audience didnâ€™t need to see Lesnar attack Josh Matthews, interfere in Cenaâ€™s match against Otunga just to kick him in the balls, or have a long winded contract signing that became void in a week. Before someone goes there, they couldâ€™ve done something else to set up the Triple H match. Those three things didnâ€™t make people say now Iâ€™m buying the PPV! And the feud with Triple only needed an appearance at the 1,00th Raw and then Summerslam. They couldâ€™ve done something like Lesnar giving Stephanie McMahon an F-5, which wouldâ€™ve created enough heat and anticipation for the match. And donâ€™t give me the man on women violence BS story, either, because they should stop being so timid about their reputation if thatâ€™s why. There are women being beaten, raped and killed all over TV. So give me a break. But at least thereâ€™s going to be a Brock Lesnar DVD soon. Thatâ€™ll get WWE their moneyâ€™s worth.
Ultimately, Lesnar came in as someone who was supposed to legitimize the WWE. So far, he hasnâ€™t done anything but look weak and thus has lost his dominant aura. The WWE can put c-list celebrities with no fighting backgrounds over their top-stars, but they cannot put Lesnar over them for some reason. Everything about Lesnar is refreshing from his hybrid, MMA-esque style, the way he carries himself, to his dominant figure. They couldâ€™ve done something across the lines of bitter Heyman trying to conquer WWE by using an his uber-heel as his henchman and then had Undertaker, the most loyal WWE wrestler in the company, end Heyman and Lesnarâ€™s reign of terror at Wrestlemania. The WWE basically had commissioner Gordan defeat Bane because they didnâ€™t want Gordan to look weak and then had Bane get out of dodge because Batman got the upper hand. I donâ€™t know if WWE is too conservative or just donâ€™t understand the formula for good vs evil, but maybe the WWE creative staff needs to watch more superhero or Rocky movies to understand the concept. When the protagonists are invisible, the antagonists are irrelevant. And when you give your core audience everything they want to see, they become tired of the lack of suspense and doubt.
For the most part, Iâ€™m enjoying what WWE has done the past two weeks and Iâ€™m still looking forward to the match from at least an in-ring standpoint, but thereâ€™s no way of defending this up-to-this-point failure. Theyâ€™ve turned Brock Lesnar into just another heel on the roster, one that loses to the top star, hides, and then runs away after losing a fight. Vader wasnâ€™t even this poorly booked during his WWE run. Thereâ€™s an ever so slightly possibly this Lesnar situation being fixed, and the only solution that might fix it is if Lesnar practically kills Triple H to the point where heâ€™s taken by ambulance out of the building or the match is 70-80 percent Lesnar. But I hardly doubt theyâ€™d ever do thatâ€¦..because how could Triple Hâ€™s credibility ever recover from that!? Most likely, what theyâ€™ll end doing (even if Lesnar does win, which is still up in the air at this point) is having Lesnar win via Heyman, which means theyâ€™re booking him even more as paint-by-the-numbers heel (when he should be extremely more superior than that).