Coming out of his appearance on The Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network last Monday, WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose’s comments about Brock Lesnar’s effort — or lack thereof — had people talking.
“The Beast Incarnate” has been a part-time WWE superstar since his return in April 2012. His involvement is limited to big pay-per-views such as Wrestlemania and SummerSlam. Despite the occasional live event, Lesnar’s role is usually that of the main event attraction against some of WWE’s top full-time competitors.
So when Ambrose — Lesnar’s last opponent before he faces Randy Orton at SummerSlam next week — was tasked with fighting Lesnar at Wrestlemania in a No Holds Barred contest, he wanted to make it an unforgettable bout. That was not Lesnar’s intention, however.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) August 9, 2016
“Artistically, Brock didn’t want to do anything, if we’re going to be perfectly honest,” Ambrose said. “Brock’s gonna Brock. He’s all about Brock. I had a vision for that match to be the craziest thing imaginable.”
While Ambrose and Lesnar used some weapons, including steel chairs and barbed wire bats, the match was shorter than expected, about 12 minutes, and generally received as underwhelming.
Ambrose concurred with the opinion of thousands of fans who viewed the match as a disappointment.
“You know what I mean, and I was trying to pitch everything to everybody and had every idea,” Ambrose said. “I put so much effort in and so much work in, and other people did too, and I was met with laziness.”
After Ambrose’s podcast appearance, SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan defended Ambrose’s comments.
— IWNerd.com (@InnerN3rd) August 10, 2016
“Brock Lesnar probably couldn’t handle this,” Bryan said on Talking Smack about Lesnar working a full-time schedule. “He only does a couple matches a year, so if he has to go and wrestle Alberto Del Rio a couple of weeks before SummerSlam, he’s probably not going to show up at SummerSlam.”
In his latest blog post on jrsbarbq.com, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross gave his thoughts on Ambrose’s and Bryan’s honest takes on Lesnar.
“Interesting comments made this week by Dean Ambrose and by Daniel Bryan regarding Brock Lesnar being ‘lazy,'” Ross wrote. “If true, and I’m not saying that it is as I’m not around Lesnar whatsoever, could it be because Brock is residing the dreaded ‘comfort zone’ which is an area that adversely affects professional careers in many fields and certainly negatively affects relationships of all kinds?”
Lesnar, however, does seem to have at least one supporter.
Fabulous Freebirds member, WWE Hall of Famer, and current WWE agent/producer Michael P.S. Hayes tweeted his respect for Ambrose and impressions from being involved in every match Lesnar has competed in since he returned four years ago.
“Love Dean Ambrose, but, for someone who’s been closely associated with EVERY match Brock’s had since he came back, never have seen laziness!” Hayes wrote.
Lesnar is in a rare position; a valuable, part-time commodity for WWE who is paid full-time money, allowed to wear sponsors all over his ring gear and even given a one-off allowance to compete at UFC 200 last month. Despite the controversy coming out of that victory over Mark Hunt, Lesnar has cemented his value to the WWE.
While Lesnar’s WWE future after next Sunday is unclear, Ross is excited for the dynamic in a potential Ambrose vs. Lesnar rematch could present.
“The next time Lesnar and Ambrose are booked together should be most interesting,” Ross wrote.
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