Manhandling Frank Mir “like a bitch,” overcoming student hardships to win an NCAA title, and not letting Vince McMahon treat him like “a low-life jerk-off,” are reasons why Brock Lesnar is the Baddest Dude on the Planet.
For the first and perhaps only time, Lesnar opens up with Paul Heyman co-writing on his personal life in his memoirs Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival.
Lesnar explains how it was tough growing up poor on a farm in South Dakota. Lesnar dispels the rumours that he grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth, however credits his parents a lot for helping him early in life. Lesnar explains how he changed from a scrawny kid to a larger than life heavyweight in his college days.
Following his spectacular double overtime victory for the NCAA Heavyweight Championship in amateur wrestling, WWE talent scout Gerald Brisco saw Lesnar and signed him to the biggest WWE development deal of all-time, or at least from what they told him. After telling the WWE that “If you want me to get better, then you need to put me in the ring with better people!” WWE brought Lesnar to the main roster where he went on a path of destruction with Heyman.
The difficult road schedule and the politics of the WWE environment eventually started to wear down “The Next Big Thing.” Lesnar admits to drinking a bottle of vodka a day and taking a couple hundred pills of Vicodin became his only way to numb the pain he was going through, especially after he got a concussion from the Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania 19. Lesnar openly says that WWE pushed him to do the move even though he thought it was a dumb idea.
Lesnar did not want to become like Curt Hennig or Ric Flair, he wanted out and he wanted to move on. A major motorcycle accident stopped him from going further in his NFL career, but after a bitter contract dispute with WWE, Lesnar jumped the barricade at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event and got Dana White’s attention. Right away Lesnar said he wanted to face the best and he got to face the best. To those tradition MMA fans that believe he got a title shot too quickly he says, “Screw them.”
A lot of stories especially when it comes wrestling are not mentioned because Lesnar cannot remember thanks to all the drug and alcohol abuse he went through. While Lesnar is brief with a lot of his stories, fans still get an honest and aggressive opinion from the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Bullying around the Big Show, questioning the honesty of The Rock and Kurt Angle, and criticizing Vince McMahon for the way he treats his superstars. Wrestling fans get more than enough shocking and bunt opinions from Lesnar.
Haters of Lesnar will only look at this book and find they were always right about how he was born with a wicked spirit. Lesnar sums himself up quite nicely though, “You can call it ego, or cockiness, or arrogance, or anything else you want, but I’m used to being in control. Some people were meant to lead, others were meant to follow. I was born to take charge. It’s not only what I do, it’s who I am.”
Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival
By Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman