In the 1990s, wrestling was in the middle of a war between Ted Turner’s WCW and Vince McMahon’s WWF. The companies did everything they could to try to defeat the others, including giving away a lot of marquee matches on TV. The ultimate winners of the battle were the fans.
Even back in the 90s, wrestlers stayed in character. Undertaker wouldn’t be roaming around aimlessly in public. He was too busy staying in character. And although many of us knew he wasn’t dead, we still didn’t know much about him. He just had this certain eerie mystical aura about him. Today, however, the aura in wrestling is almost extinct.
Because of (a) how exposed the business is, (b) how WWE explains to us that wrestlers are only playing a character, and (c) how wrestlers are going to charity events, radio shows, talk shows, and so on portraying who they genuinely are, the WWE is lacking wrestlers who have aura, except for a small handful. One of them that doese is Brock Lesnar.
Even though he’s a very adept athlete, has the legerity of Spiderman, the ability to bump like a cruiserweight, and has prominent realism, still, the most engaging attribute Lesnar has is aura.
When he debuted into the WWE, he was planned to prosper from the beginning. After all, he had all the intangibles to do so . He was marketed as a former NCAA wrestling champion, constructed like a tank, intimidating looking, had the endurance of a well-oiled machine, and rapidly comprehended the psychology of wrestling.
The only thing he was lacking was the ability to interact with the audience, in hope to establish and develop his character, but they wisely inserted him with one of the cleverest managers of all time, Paul Heyman, who promoted Lesnar greater than some presidential ads could.
Consequently, Lesnar quickly became a mega star in the WWE, surpassing many other wrestlers who were trying to develop their niche to the highest plateau, in hope to become an effective moneymaker. Because of his rapid successes in only a few years, he became significantly bored due to accomplishing more or less everything in the WWE.
Shortly after being burnt out from wrestling, he tried to succeed in different endeavors. First, he tried to become a NFL football player. He actually earned a spot on the Viking’s practice squad, but he unfortunately didn’t make the final cut. Thereafter, he tried to become a MMA fighter. In contrast to trying to be a football player, Lesnar succeeded in this endeavor. In fact, he became the UFC Heavy Weight Championship after he defeated one of the biggest legends in MMA, Randy Courture. Though due a life-threatening disease, Lesnar never appeared to be the same in the octagon as he lost two out of three of his fights, leading to his retirement from MMA.
During the already highly anticipated Wrestlemania weekend, it was leaked that Lesnar signed a limited dates contract with the WWE. Many speculated that he would return at Wrestlemania, but he ended up debuting on post- Wrestlemania Mania Monday Night Raw and attacked John Cena. The build toward their match at Extreme Rules was phenomenal. As if Lesnar’s first match in years wasn’t enough, Cena was also intriguingly on a losing streak that was evolving his character and had people guessing what direction it would go if he lost this match.
In the match, Lesnar used a faux-MMA style and dominated Cena in every facet with it. In fact, his beat down was so realistic and dominating, that it had me believing match was going to be called off. However, Lesnar became too cocky and overzealous for his own good and allowed Cena to upset him. In other words, the unthinkable happened.
They stopped Lesnar’s momentum in its tracks, just so they could put their bullet-proof figurehead over him. After the match, Cena cut a promo that gave me some hope. He said that he was going to take some time off to heal his injuries. It appeared to me that they would say Cena won the battle, Lesnar won the war, and it would lead to a match down the road.
Instead, Cena pretended at Extreme Rules didn’t exist, disregarding, for the most part, the destruction Lesnar did to him. Why you may ask? Oh, to feud with Johhny Ace and then the Big Show. Yep, it was so engaging to see him feud with such compelling wrestlers and return to being the same, stagnant, hackneyed Cena all because the WWE pissed themselves in fear of leaving Cena off television for a couple of months.
Afterwards, Lesnar feuded with Triple H. It was well constructed and sound, but it didn’t repair Lesnar’s tarnished credibility. They tried to promote Lesnar as this tyrannizing figure, but it just became propaganda nobody believed. They even allowed Lesnar to beat Triple H clean via submission, and yet it still felt underwhelming. The reason being because Lesnar was so white-hot up to the point where Cena hit the FU on him that he felt untouchable. It was going to take more than a submission victory over Triple H to rekindle the magic he had.
However, Lesnar has taken time off to regroup, and so far he’s has portrayed the reckless ass-kicker he ought to be. Lesnar has already unleashed the pain on McMahon and the Miz, and is starting to reinstate his credibility back. Unlike most of today’s WWE wrestlers, Lesnar has a shoot background, which allows people to believe into what he does even more. He is truly one of the last men in wrestling that has incredible aura.
Furthermore, it’s transparent that he is a big draw as ratings and buy rates increase when he’s on the show. Fortunately, the WWE has gotten another chance to utilize Lesnar to his fullest capacity as he has signed a new contact. This time, they better not screw up.