Chalk, talk one up for pro wrestling as Lesnar tops UFC field
BY JIM VARSALLONEjvarsallone@MiamiHerald.com
So this former pro wrestler is the baddest man on the planet. No script needed. This is the real thing, the next big thing, the now big thing.
Former World Wrestling Entertainment champ Brock Lesnar made all the MMA disbelievers including his opponent Frank Mir eat their words on Saturday, July 11 in Las Vegas.
Lesnar avenged his only MMA loss by destroying Mir, one of the best in the business.
Pro wrestling/sports entertainment uses a script, and the results are pre-determined, but make no mistake about it, pro wrestlers are athletes.
In high school and college, they've competed in baseball, basketball, bodybuilding, football, hockey, lacrosse, softball, weightlifting, amateur wrestling and more. Even a few Olympians like Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, Ken Patera and The Iron Sheik turned to pro wrestling.
But it took Lesnar to open the eyes of the sports' world.
This former amateur wrestling standout from Minnesota is the man. A strong freak of nature, he took the negative and sarcastic comments of the elitists in MMA and its sports' fans -- who are ignorant to the athletic background of pro wrestlers and the conditioning and athleticism it takes to participate in pro wrestling -- and stuffed every word down their throats.
It was unprofessional, but I can understand Lesnar firing off after the big win. For the good of UFC and Mr. Dana White, Lesnar apologized for his attitude and lack of sportsmanship following his victory, but MMA fighters, fans, media and naysayers should also be apologizing to Lesnar and pro wrestlers, period.
Pro athletes from other sports know.
Not only are they fans of pro wrestling/sports entertainment -- like Wade Boggs, Johnny Damon, Darin Erstad, A.J. Pierzynski, C.C. Sabathia, Shaq, Kimbo Slice, Alfonso Soriano, Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas and Frank Wychek to name some -- but a few from other pro sports worlds tried it like Karl Malone, Dennis Rodman and Lawrence Taylor. They agreed just how tough it is to be a pro wrestler.
With Lesnar leading the charge, pro wrestling is a sport, and like other sports, it is entertainment. For sure, others who follow him into MMA now will be watched differently.
MMA competitors, fans, media and naysayers will think twice before knocking the athlete because he comes from the scripted world of pro wrestling.
Inspiring others from his world, Lesnar proved to be no fluke.
Watching inside the Mandaley Bay on Saturday, another man who made a mark in professional wrestling and is a powerhouse with an stellar amateur wrestling background.
Be ready MMA world for Bobby Lashley.
Another former WWE guy in MMA?
Anyone laughing now?