I don't know Cain Velásquez but I have great respect for his body of work, athleticism, and work ethic. Velásquez is seemingly fighting for an admirable cause that some consider even greater than winning the coveted UFC heavyweight Title and the financial rewards that accompany such. Becoming the first Hispanic, UFC Heavyweight Champion is an admirable goal and with that comes a great deal of pressure. For my money, simply stepping into the Octagon against Lesnar with the express purpose of attempting to take away the magnificent athlete's livelihood should be pressure enough. Even though I do not personally know Cain Velásquez, I do know Brock Lesnar...very well. In over four decades of being around world class athletes in a variety of arenas, I have never encountered an athlete quite like Brock Lesnar. Unless one is privileged enough to be around Lesnar on a somewhat regular basis as I was when he was in WWE, one cannot appreciate how freakishly quick, sudden may actually be a better description, and explosive this God gifted athlete truly is. Now that Brock's health is good, and who knows how many fights Brock actually had when he wasn't healthy and didn't even know it, and his 'walking around weight' is 265, the UFC heavyweight limit, my instincts say that we haven't even come close to seeing the best of Lesnar as of yet. The biggest thing that Brock has going for him though isn't his physical make up, his brute strength, the refined, amateur wrestling skills, or even his ability to weather seemingly insurmountable storms such as he did against Shane Carwin their memorable first round. Brock Lesnar's greatest gifts are his mental approach to competing. No matter if it was in OVW in Louisville where Brock went to learn the art form of pro wrestling, grinding it out in a wrestling room in his amateur days, or having the drive to be the best WWE entertainer LONG before he should have been, Brock Lesnar pushes himself harder than any other man or entity ever could. Plus, Lesnar is a hunter. He loves to track and harvest big game. Hunting and the strategy of a hunt seems to be in the South Dakota country boy's DNA. Saturday night Brock Lesnar goes hunting and his 'prey' is a formidable animal. Lesnar's heart and will to win will hopefully allow the vaunted, UFC Champion to reap a successful harvest in a physical war that will take an enormous toll on both hunter and the hunted. Great hunters are strategists who have no issues closing the deal with their prey finds itself in the hunter's cross hairs. Good luck Brock on Saturday night. I'm pulling for you.Good Ol' J.R. on his blog says he is pulling for Brock Lesnar tomorrow night.
I was there the night they put it together. If they go with heat and real heat and let these guys run the company for quite some time. The thing about the NWO is we probably got heat on the company for six months. Now the biggest problem in the business right now is Fortune got heat off the old ECW guys. They got a good set of heat on those guys on TV when they beat them up and split everybody open. The next week those guys came back and made a comeback on them. So any heat they got the week before was nullified. Joe Hamilton told me a long time ago when I was breaking in was, ‘The thing about heat is it’s like a hot air balloon. The longer you let that flame go underneath that hot air balloon the higher it rises. Every time a babyface touches that hot air balloon, as far as touching the heat or touching the heel, you draw back down. If you go week in and week out of going back and forth, the balloon never leaves the ground. The thing about heat is you know it works when the babyfaces in the company walk into the booking room and start complaining. When the guys that aren’t the marks start complaining you know that the marks are already sick of it. That leads the buyrates and that leads to people start pulling for the babyfaces to pull it together. If you appease the people and the babyfaces, you will never get heat. Heats is always drawing money.Kevin Nash talks about Immortal and the right way to go about booking them in TNA.
Brock Lesnar's Freak Athleticism. Most are familiar with Brock's infamous botched Shooting Star Press against Kurt Angle at Wrestlmania 19, but he'd been regularly doing this without problem during his time in WWE's then developmental league Ohio Valley Wrestling. This is from a dark match on RAW when he was still in a tag team with Shelton Benjamin known as the Minnesota Stretching Crew, a homage to the Minnesota Wrecking Crew tag team formed by Gene & Lars Anderson. It's worth noting Brock was at least 300lbs at this time. I shouldn't have to note we won't be seeing anything like this on Saturday, but still, posted for posterity.
Damn right Brock Lesnar will be tested Saturday night in Anaheim during the next UFC PPV. Cain Velásquez is fighting for a cause,or so it seems, his heritage, but more importantly Velásquez is a great athlete who has won at every level of amateur and professional competition. Plus, any heavyweight in UFC is always only one punch away from ending his night's work. I see Lesnar winning Saturday but not without having a great night of stand up defense and using his size advantage appropriately. Lesnar being already at 265 and shredded is a scary thought for any human being who has to deal with the baddest man in MMA.Jim Ross gives his thoughts on the main event of UFC 121 this Saturday night.
"It's an interesting match-up. Both guys have great wrestling backgrounds, and I know from my own experience that my toughest fights were against guys with good wrestling backgrounds. If [Velasquez] can stay away and not end up underneath Brock early, not take any serious damage there, the longer it goes the better it is for Cain. He's one of those guys at that weight class who has an unlimited gas tank. He's not going to get tired. Brock is a huge athlete. Every time he's out there we see something else. In the [Shane] Carwin fight he took a beating and still came back and found a way to win. I think that was important for him. Hopefully he got a bunch of big guys to come in so he could practice being in that worst-case scenario, which is having a guy like Brock sitting on you and hitting you in the head and ramming you into the fence," Couture said. "Those are the things that a guy that size can really do to you. I think if [Velasquez has] prepared himself for that worst-case scenario, and has prepared himself to survive there, he'll be able to do that in the fight." Randy Couture talks to MMA Fighting about the matchup between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez.
Another episode of Last Call with Scott Hall, this time with Hall doing commentary with his friend Sean Waltman over their 1993 match on RAW.
Lots of on line speculation that WWE and USA Network may bring back the reality TV show 'Tough Enough.' That's new news to me but I like the idea. A true reality show regarding the wrestling genre that is taped outside an arena is more attractive to me than say producing NXT in an arena. Going outside the traditional and established box with the time tested genre works for me as a viewer. I'm a big fan of reality TV shows including 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels,' 'The Ultimate Fighter' and several Food Network productions which I perceive as being essentially reality shows. 'Diners, Drive Ins and Dives' along with 'Man vs. Food' are fun, 'reality' type shows to watch. They are kept simple, not over produced and allow us to get to know the hosts and the various restaurateurs. The best reality shows are simply produced and allow the true personalities of the individuals to evolve. When reality TV becomes over produced, overtly fabricated and non organic they lose me. Personally, as a fan of WWE and reality TV I would be more inclined to make it a point to watch 'Tough Enough' every week than 'NXT.'Jim Ross is in favor of bringing back Tough Enough. Personally, I'm on the fence. I would watch it and they might be able to make it compelling TV but I have serious doubts as to how the WWE would go about utilizing the show.
This is incredible stuff right here. Reading or listening to something get spun six ways from Sunday is always an interesting thing but this just goes to new levels. Excerpt: Accusation: "…the company…has been criticized for violent and sexually suggestive programming." Peter Wallsten – The Wall Street Journal – July 2, 2010 Truth: * All of WWE’s programming has been TV-PG since June 2008. * Friday Night SmackDown, which made its network debut in 1999 has always been rated TV-PG. * 87 percent of WWE fans say WWE content is appropriate for families. * Of the 14 million weekly viewers in the United States that watch WWE programming, six million are women. Accusation: "The company also has been accused of looking the other way as wrestlers, feeling pressured to maintain the pumped-up bodies showcased in the W.W.E., turned to steroids." - Ray Hernandez & Joshua Brustein – The New York Times – July 15, 2010 Truth: * WWE’s Talent Wellness Policy strictly prohibits the use of steroids, the abuse of prescription medications, performance enhancing drugs and the use, possession and/or distribution of illegal drugs. * WWE’s entire substance abuse and drug testing policy is independently administered by third party leading medical experts. * The Talent Wellness Program is designed to result in all WWE Talent being tested at a minimum four times a year, but may result in more frequent testing due to the random selection process.