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The PEN15 Mightier - IWC is WRONG!!! about Brock Lesnar
By pen15
Apr 9, 2012 - 6:33:57 PM

IWC is Wrong!!!

I guess there are a lot of blind Brock fans reading LOP. No problem, the best writer on LOP is here to educate you on why you are once again WRONG!!!

I want to first clear the air. It seems that I need to start out with the positives when I deliver my “IWC is Wrong” columns, because it’s so cute how easily you get bent out of shape when someone confronts you with an educated opinion, backed up by facts, to destroy your sheep minded bullshit. As much as I irk people with my mind bending columns, no one argues the points, and instead just attacks me. I await a challenger who can debate the actual topic of discussion, and not the character. But I am sure I expect too much from LOP (judging by the quality of work from some of the main page writers here, I shouldn’t be surprised).

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar is a freak of nature. He’s a natural athlete built unlike any specimen we’ve ever seen in wrestling or MMA. He’s a ****ing beast. Luckily, he was given a first name that fits him perfectly. Brock. You can’t really find a better name for a monster like “Brock”. His body and tattoo were used by both UFC and WWE to promote shows, because the sheer sight of this man is enough to get a reaction. And once you get past the size and look, you have a hoss who moves faster than men half his size. There’s no denying how perfect Brock Lesnar’s body is for the world of sports.

My issue is his heart. Any true MMA fan knows how much Brock hates to be hit. As much as I had some dull brained douchebags say I know nothing about MMA when I said Brock quit whenever the going gets tough, no one has showed anything against these facts. Brock admits in his book how he could not handle the WWE lifestyle. When you hear the worst cases from any tell-all book in the world of pro wrestling, it’s hard to imagine too many people being able to travel as much as they do, work out as often as they need to (or take the drugs needed to stay in shape) and live away from their loved ones. The life of a wrestler is spent more in hotel bedrooms than your own home. It’s a sad way of life, and it’s not for everyone. And for 2 years, Brock took this workload on, and became the face of the company. He soon realized he could not handle it.

I want to reinforce: I am not discrediting Brock for not being able to handle the lifestyle.

Then he switched gears to football. He tried to make the NFL, by trying out for the Minnesota Vikings. He couldn’t make it past the practice squad. When the only full time position was in Europe, he left football.

I want to reinforce: I am not discrediting Brock for not being able to handle the lifestyle.

Then he left football to go to UFC. He had a decent start, going 2 wins and 1 loss, and then winning the UFC title from legend Randy Couture in an absolute beating. Brock mauled the Natural, and struggle ****ed the belt away from him. He then defended the belt successfully against the one man who beat him, Frank Mir.

At this point in his UFC career, he fought a rather low rated kickboxer in Min-Soo Kim, a jiu-jitsu black belt in Frank Mir, a small heavyweight wrestler in Randy Couture, and Heath Herring who was at the tail end of his career, who had 4 straight fights that ended in decision. The reason this is important is because none of these opponents had real striking prowess. The kickboxer wasn’t high level enough to be a threat, Herring retired after this fight showing the age and threat left in his skills, the wrestler wasn’t big enough to stop Brock’s onslaught, and Frank Mir broke even with a submission win and then a TKO loss. All of these were in the heavyweight division.

For any true MMA fan, you’ll know that the heavyweight division is centered on size, strength and striking. None of Brock’s opponents fit into that mold. It’s not that he was fed losers to pad his record, but I do feel he was given credible opponents that Dana White knew he could handle. Brock is a promoter’s wet dream, and that’s not just for pro wrestling. The UFC took off with Brock’s blonde Swedish looking mug on their advertisements. Dana understandably wanted to protect his investment.

So Brock became a juggernaut in MMA with a very strategic push. He was placed against big names who Dana knew could not counter Brock’s natural athleticism, and their heavyweight division exploded from his meteoric rise.

Then, Brock faced undefeated Shane Carwin. Carwin was such a spectacle of a personality that UFC hired Paul Heyman to teach him how to give an interview. No joke. But, what Carwin could do was punch. He is a punching machine. He earned 12 straight wins, with a majority of them from his fists to the skulls of his battered opponents, including Frank Mir. And the first round against Brock wasn’t much different. Brock COWERED (see, I meant it there, Tool) from Shane, and took an absolute pummeling. If the referee had stopped the fight, no one would have been shocked. Early stoppages are an issue, but this would have been justified. Thankfully for Lesnar, the ref let him regain composure, and Brock survived the round. Unofficial score cards had such a dominant advantage for Shane that many scored it 10-8. A rare occurrence indeed. But, round 2 was much different. Shane punched himself out in the first stanza, and had no strength left in his arms, therefore easily fell to an arm-triangle choke submission, giving Brock his last victory in MMA.

Brock won, but his career was over from this point. The Brock puzzle was solved. And Cain Velasquez perfected it by repeating the same style Carwin had displayed, but with more strategy shaped to last longer. Cain defeated Brock for the UFC Heavyweight Championship with the gameplan of punching Brock, and not letting him get a breather. Overeem essentially did the same thing, but with knees and kicks, and sent Brock into retirement.

I want to reinforce: I am not discrediting Brock for not being able to handle the lifestyle.

Does anyone else see the pattern here? I’m not bothered by Brock going for the money, I’m bothered that he doesn’t have the heart for any of these sports. He’s an athlete without any direction, except for green. Is that a bad thing? No, but in the world of wrestling, it’s harder to accept. Again, John Cena just mic battled Rock for over a year based on Cena’s love for the business, and being apart of the WWE Universe 365 days a year, while Rocky films movies and wrestled 5 times in the last decade. We see Hall of Fame montages, showcasing men who lived and died for being a wrestler, had passion for the performing for the fans, and perfecting their art. This does not describe Brock for any of the sports he’s been a part of.

Right now, Daniel Bryan is making waves, because fans at home can feel his appreciation for being a wrestler. CM Punk used the word “wrestler” to emphasize how much he was proud to be one, instead of sports entertainer. These are the heroes of today, and can describe most of the heroes from yesterday. I’m not saying no one became a star in wrestling without a true passion for it. But the guys that rose above are the ones who loved what they did in the squared circle.

Brock is a phenomenon. He’s a super beast. He’s a titan. He’s a god amongst men.

But his heart isn’t in it. Not in wrestling, football, or Mixed Martial Arts. He wants to be a star, but he doesn’t want to make the sacrifices it takes. He quits whenever he can’t handle it. He’s done it 3 times for 3 sports, and is now back to the first place he was ever on TV, and attacks the most vocal man in wrestling about his passion for his profession. And the crowd cheered it. It doesn’t strike you as odd?

He can’t handle the travel of wrestling, he can’t handle living in Europe to excel in football, and he can’t handle being punched in the face in cage fighting. Brock quits whenever something gets too tough. Quite the **** move for a superbeast.

Debate that, ****ers.

And on that note, peace out.

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