After a five-year absence, the world renowned Beast Incarnate returned to the Octagon ring. The beast fought with the heavy hitting, Mark Hunt. Lesnar avoided a signature knockout blow from Hunt in the entire match, by keeping Hunt grappled to the ground and chipping away at him. The Beast came out victorious, but recent reports suggest this monumental return and win, is an artificial one to say the least.
Lesnar has failed two tests, one out of competition and one in competition for the UFC. The drug in question is one used frequently by steroid users to cover the effects of steroids when coming off them. Funnily enough, Clomiphene is also used by women to stimulate ovulation – maybe Brock mixed up his daily vitamins with Sable’s stash? I’m positive Lesnar wasn’t seeking the latter result, but was seeking a drug that would restart the natural testosterone process in the body.
There’s no denying Brock Lesnar works hard to maintain is animal-like image and overall beast qualities. He appears to be committed to his training and has a mind-set which means he would not deviate from his goals.
When I watched UFC 200, I noted how Brock was looking less bloated around his stomach in comparison to his WWE appearances. Overall, he generally looked leaner but maintained his intimidating look. There was definitely a difference in his appearances at WWE and his match at UFC.
The question that remains on my mind is what punishment will Lesnar face? In regards to UFC he could be looking at a 2 year ban. Jon Jones, another UFC star who was due to fight at UFC 200, was also found guilty of the same drug as Lesnar. JJ was stripped of his title and is currently facing an indefinite suspension. Will UFC actually properly punish Lesnar like any other UFC fighter? There’s no denying Brock’s pulling power when it comes to big fights, his superstar status stemming from WWE has certainly seen him treated differently to other athletes.
WWE are yet to comment on these violations, obviously we do not know the ins and outs of Lesnar’s contract with the wrestling giant, but he is certainly still under their terms considering he has a billed match with Randy Orton at this year’s SummerSlam. One of their recent flagship stars, Roman Reigns was recently suspended for violating their wellness policy. I have tried to read what terms the WWE put into their wellness policy and it’s quite strict for their superstars, and naturally so. The Beast Incarnate is a hot match to have against up and coming wrestlers, people enjoy watching him obliterate everything in his path, including superstars.
In an interview from 2007, Vince McMahon clarified that the wellness policy only applies to regular WWE talent. Lesnar had two matche in 2012, three in 2013, four in 2014, eight in 2015 and seven in 2016. The wording is so loose what constitutes a regular performer? Should it be that anyone under contract with the WWE who wrestles three times or hundred times a year should be subject to the policy? I am of the opinion they should be, but I have a sinking feeling this will not be applied in Lesnar’s case.
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