WWE: 7 Reasons Brock Lesnar Is Not a Good Fit in the PG Era
He is arguably the biggest and baddest man on the planet right now (sorry Big Show). And what you see now is a man who is ready to rip apart the "sterotype" of the big bad wrestler and bring the WWE back to a new sense of the "Attitude Era."
Yes, that is exactly what you are getting with Brock Lesnar. Even with his "mouthpiece" in check, the huge specimen is making us look at "wrestling" from the brutality of it, rather than the business of it.
A wrestler comes along once in while who can change the course and direction of a company. Lesnar can do that. In the way that Ric Flair may "wrestling" and Hulk Hogan defined "sports entertainment" it is Lesnar that defines "ground and pound" wrestling.
This is not the UFC or MMA but Lesnar has the capability to make it look like it is, which is not something the WWE is prepared for in the "PG Era" of the business. So much was made and has been made recently of the changes that have gone on in the WWE by fans and whether the "Attitude" that was so popular in years past could return and be successful.
If Lesnar is a product of the era and the method by which it is shown on camera, then maybe he isn't a good fit for this time period. He was much more successful in years past and could be again, if timing was right.
Here are some reasons why Lesnar and today's business are not a marriage made in heaven.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Better
He is still an amazing athlete and the things he can do in the ring, with his movement and his agility is breathtaking.
When it comes to Brock Lesnar and other wrestlers, there really is no one on par at the moment.
And for now, that is not a good thing.
He Thinks Like an MMA Fighter
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Ground and pound.
Throws fists first and the then wrestle.
Worry about the take down and the submission, not the pin.
Oh, the UFC has done wonders for Brock Lesnar. But when it comes to being in the ring, the marquee says "wrestling" as Gordon Solie would say.
Lesnar needs to rely on his wrestling ability first and then his other skills. Those alone should be enough to make a difference and defeat his opponents.
He Is Not the Same Guy He Used to Be
While other wrestlers have been able to come back and perform like they used to, Lesnar is a whole other beast.
Maybe that is not a good thing.
Fans wants to see him in his former glory. He is too mechanical now, but he also is a little too intimidating.
Wrestling has always had true bullies in the business, but the creative team knows when to pull the reins back.
The Paul Heyman Connection Is Not as Effective
Heyman still has a way of irritating the fanbase and the WWE wrestlers with his charm.
But this time, it looks too staged.
Lesnar is away, toying with other ideas (maybe a return to UFC), and although we have been crying for his return, I am not sure the response from the crowds (with many of the reaches by the company as of late) rings true and is as popular.
He Does Not Have Many True Opponents
Because he is so huge and so intimidating, he does not have the same opponents to compete with.
There is also an issue with injuries, suspensions, etc.
When Lesnar was in WWE his first go-round, Kurt Angle, The Rock and Batista were there to meet him head on.
They aren't here now and the talent seems watered down.
Very Much Like Bruiser Brody
He is such an independent. And when he faced Triple H after "Extreme Rules" it showed that he wanted out in the worst way.
Lesnar is more ticking time bomb than performer and he would more readily want to rip your head off than work on an angle that is beneficial to the fans and his opponents.
And it seems, like Bruiser Brody, Lesnar will take his ball and go home if he does not agree on the outcome.
Ground and Pound Does Not Work in This Era
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If there is to be a change in the way wrestling is looked at, then other MMA fighters will need to join the fray.
Ground and pound is not what these current WWE stars are born and trained to do.
And if this leads to a mass collection of UFC fighters coming to WWE (Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson), then the definition of wrestling will change.
And that may not be for the better.