Brock Lesnar's WWE Tantrum Hoax, a Microcosm of Justifiable Frustration

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2012

The WWE had some fun with the Internet recently as an apparent post-Extreme Rules tantrum thrown by Brock Lesnar was later revealed to be a work designed to rile up the dirt sheets. 

Some bit on the story, some didn't.  But the source of the faux hissy fit thrown by the former UFC Heavyweight champion is actually akin to a legit gripe that many have with the WWE's booking mentality.

The short-lived Internet rumor on Lesnar's tantrum foretold an incident where Brock became infuriated that John Cena was cutting a post-match promo instead of riding out of Allstate Arena on a stretcher. 

Cena in control of his faculties enough to put together a lucid promo certainly took some luster off of the beating he absorbed from the WWE's newest war machine.

Not to mention the fact that Cena won the match, which was a decision that was likely influenced by the predictability (and fluent logic) of a Lesnar win.  

The WWE seems to be inexplicably hellbent on countering stories that leak on the Internet, much to their own detriment. 

If the WWE were a food chain, dirt sheets would be the equivalent to algae.  But in the WWE's often-myopic bubble, they're stinger-less wasps that McMahon and company not only refuse to ignore, but in turn attempt to recklessly shoo away with sledgehammers.

Many fans looked forward to a quasi-surprsie return by Kharma.  Apparently, too many of them did.
Many fans looked forward to a quasi-surprsie return by Kharma. Apparently, too many of them did.

The last time we saw Kharma on RAW, she announced an impromptu pregnancy.  The Bella Twins taunted her on her way out and she vowed revenge. 

Fast forward one year later, and it was now the Bella twins set to leave the company with their contracts expiring on April 30.  Meanwhile, Kharma was ready to make her long-awaited return. 

As the WWE geared up to bring back their uniquely talented monster diva, speculation began to surface of her impending, and poetic, resurgence. 

And why not?  It only made sense for this thing to come full circle on the Bellas.  After all, her name was Kharma.  It's the butt-kicking and comeuppance that writes itself. 

But speculation soon began to surface on websites that a minute portion of WWE fans read on a regular basis. 

Minute or not, the Kharma idea was reportedly nixed—because God forbid the WWE comes off as predictable—and instead fans were treated to the lukewarm return of Layla El. 

This same backwards mentality reportedly led to Sheamus winning the Royal Rumble when Chris Jericho was the clear favorite.  Jericho winning the Rumble made sense given his recent return and the prior pmonths he spent taunting WWE Champion CM Punk on Twitter. 

The swerve would eventually lead to Jericho jumping through so many hoops to land a match with Punk in the WWE storylines, that by the time the match finally came, he had lost considerable steam. 

For a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania, Jericho-Punk hardly seemed as important as it should have been.

A red-hot Alberto Del Rio was also victimized by the Russo-like switcheroo as he failed to capture the World heavyweight championship against Edge at WrestleMania XXVII.  Many have argued that he hasn't fully recovered since.   

It has long-since been part of the competitive culture of the WWE to create storylines that have their own stamp on them and theirs alone.  

Back when they had all the control of what stories were available to the public, things made sense. With fear of a story leaking a nonexistent quandary, the WWE was free to book sensible, coherent storylines without overbooking simply to show up those pesky dirt sheets. 

Despite the presence of the Internet in pro wrestling, the WWE needs to get back to that state of booking storyines to avoid confusing and alienating a larger portion of fans who would only be pleased with angles and results that made sense from beginning to end. 

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