Brock Lesnar Taking Heat For Being A Part-Timer

By: Ann Casano - August 4, 2014

Everyone knows that all good things must come to an end.

Back in April of 2014, Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. The victory was beyond significant because it was The Undertaker’s first loss at Wrestlemania in 21 years.

The defeat rocked the WWE and shocked wrestling fans everywhere, who were more than expecting The Undertaker to extend his wrestling streak.

Since that time, Lesnar has taken a lot of heat. Fans are criticizing Lesnar’s management and creative team, calling him just a part-time WWE star. They think that since he broke The Undertaker’s coveted streak that he should devote more time in the ring.

Dave Batista, who is currently out promoting his new film Guardians of the Galaxy where he plays an outer-space warrior, has been especially vocal regarding The Undertaker’s streak being broken. He recently voiced his displeasure in an interview with the Huffington Post:

It sucked! Honestly, I thought it sucked. I haven’t really talked much about it but I think it was a bad decision, a horrible decision. I don’t have any say in the matter but to me, watching as a fan, it made me sick. Brock Lesnar beating him didn’t seem to work and it really wasn’t good that Brock left the day after. I just don’t see how that made sense at all. I don’t think anyone wanted to see the streak broken and it just didn’t make sense to me.

According to the Inquisitr, Batista is not alone in his thinking. Several full-time wrestlers are not happy with Lesnar’s part-time status. He has wrestled in only seven Pay-Per-View events since 2012. His record during that stretch is 5 – 2. His two losses were to John Cena and Triple H.

Now, Lesnar will be wrestling for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 2014 on August 17 against John Cena. If Lesnar defeats Cena (which many think will happen) and straps on the belt expect the anti-Lesnar criticism to go through the roof.

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  • LATwin

    I think it is horse shit that Lesner can come in and get a chance at John Cena’s belt.. He has not been doing anything with the WWE except come and go. Gets to be in the big fights but doesn’t have to show up for the little fights..Roman Reigns should be the one fighting John Cena.

    • Swelly

      Roman sucks

  • PrimeTime1971

    Roman Reigns is going to fight for the belt at wrestlemania against Lesner…so he will get his time..

  • Turbo

    I never like B. Lesner from day one. Even when he was U.S.. Look like an egg head Thiple Ass and his Basted WWE is all fixes never them sens day one

  • Danny wammy

    Brock had a lot of medical issues back in UFC. After he won the UFC title he was hospitalized for 3 months. Having a quarter size hole in his stomach. That might be his reason for the “part time” wrestling.

  • Donnie

    Brock Lesnar(Beffcake) and his boss Paul Heyman(You no good boss,if you are a boss) are nothing more than a couple of douchebags

  • Donnie

    I would love to see Brock Lesnar take on Kane,John Cena and Roman Reigns all by himself in the ring without his “boss” Paul Heyman.

  • Therumancer

    I’m not that huge a WWE fan, but I think some perspective needs to be put on this as it has a lot to do with things that you hear about outside of the WWE, namely the business and contract aspects of it. Lesnar is a *very* serious athlete, who went into Pro-Wrestling. The WWE invested a lot of time and money in him, but also supposedly put him under a rather draconian contract he disagreed with as he wasn’t being paid what he thought was anywhere near a fair share. Apparently he went off to Japan where he launched a fairly decent career, but had WWE lawyers eventually follow him and claim the rights to things like his signature F-5 move, which he apparently defended in court though he wound up changing the name to “The Judgement” or something like that which referenced the court case. That said the harassment from WWE continued and Lesnar who was a serious fighter decided to move out of the whole “entertainment” thing and go out to fight for real. This is where things get a little more sketchy (the stuff about Japan is more or less public record). Lesnar jumped into the UFC and made a huge impact by fighting well against some of the best talent in that organization, he was also I believe the first person to defend the UFC title twice. Apparently he also brought some of his trademark style into things, and allegedly some of his disputes, playing a heel in a real fighting circuit, were carefully calculated to spark interest. Apparently though the WWE kept hounding him and argued that their contracts covered serious athletics of this sort also, and basically told him they were entitled to a share of anything he made. Despite UFC fans wanting to see Brock come back, allegedly one of the big reasons why Dana says firmly that it will never happen is because Brock threw his last big title fights, with the intent of withdrawing, after everything Dana invested in him as well, including allowing him to engage in circus performances (the whole attitude). Supposedly Brock cut a new deal with the WWE, and basically after spending years chasing this guy around since they want him REALLY bad, it’s not like they are going to use him as second fiddle or whatever.
    Now, outside of the latter points, one might remember that “The Undertaker” (as a real person, not his stage persona) was a big Lesnar fan, and actually showed up for his UFC fights and was seen in a discussion with Lesnar after he lost the title. That conversation and people who claim to have overheard bits of it is a part of why people think Lesnar threw the fight. The bottom line is the two men are apparently on pretty good terms, or so it seems whether there is anything that shady involved or not.
    At the end of the day despite admitting to be entertainment nowadays, Lesnar due to his collegiate victories (and more so now due to the UFC) lends it an air of legitimacy. The Undertaker was thinking about retiring, and it makes sense both that he’d want to go out performing with a friend, and also that after all of the time and effort they put into Lesnar the WWE would want to do something to heavily promote him.
    Furthermore, as Lesnar is a real fighter, some might think back to when Bob Backlund retire (well before many fans time). Despite being buddies with Hulk Hogan he refused to ever pass his belt (act or not) to someone without a legitimate wrestling background. This is why he lost the belt to The Iron Shiek, who then lost it to Hogan, it was a way of honoring the guy. In some respects “The Legend” being broken by a REAL world class fighter represents a degree of honor. Given that The Undertaker is at least a fan of real fighting (I have no idea if he ever fought for real) it makes a certain degree of sense on this level as well.
    I can understand why the fans think differently, and look at the storylines, who puts in the time, etc… but you have to remember the people and circumstances behind everything. It should also be noted that according to a lot of theories, Lesnar is there under duress, which could very well explain him being such a part timer and yet so heavily promoted. One way or another, he’s a more valuable property than most guys in the WWE, and apparently lawyers have been chasing him around literally knocking down multiple careers the guy has built. I suspect a lot of people in Pro-Wrestling are upset on a lot of levels because overall Lesnar is more, and more valued, than they will ever be, even if he never actually built a strong US following in pro-wrestling due to years trying to get away from it.
    Just some thoughts, I’m sure many will disagree with me.

  • Leon Luciano

    I can agree with Batista said he is right i agree.

  • Sexual Chocolate

    Dont be mad at Lesnar, be mad at the wizard behind the curtain.