After getting mauled in a real mixed martial arts fight against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar was inexplicably confronted by the WWE’s “Undertaker.” Although the incident garnered massive hoopla, it appears the infamous post-fight “beef” may have all been an act.
“You wanna do it?” the pro wrestler asked Lesnar just inches from his battered and bloodied face.
After an awkward mean muggin’ session between the two, Lesnar continued on his way back to the locker room area without uttering a word.
When UFC president Dana White caught wind of the incident, he immediately shot down the possibility of his biggest superstar diverting back to his fake fighting ways. Regardless of whether the stare down was genuine or not.
“Brock Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC … he is not going to wrestle in the WWE. He cannot wrestle, box or fight anywhere else,” White told TMZ.com.
Even professional wrestling icon Jim Ross didn’t question the authenticity of the run-in, despite the fact pro wrestling fanboys were blasting message boards with a potential WestleMania showdown.
“I have a hard time believing that the much-talked about ‘confrontation’ for the lack of a better term, and there has to be one, between ‘Taker and Brock was staged,” Ross wrote on his blog. “Perhaps I’m naive but that’s what I think at this time.
“Cutting to the chase, I certainly don’t foresee a WrestleMania 27 match between Lesnar and Undertaker in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome even though the speculation on this matter is running rampant.”
Well, if you believe the Wrestling Observer (via MixedMartialArts.com), it appears the joke was on us:
– WWE wanted Brock to win the fight.
– Brock/Undertaker were supposed to have a confrontation at the post-fight press conference.
– Brock didn’t attend the press conference because he felt he would be stealing Cain’s moment.
– Undertaker was waiting at the press conference, and when he got word Brock wasn’t coming, he left.
– When asked if the moment with Ariel, Brock, and Undertaker was planned; Brock’s close friend Paul Heyman simply said, “Ariel is always in the right place at the right time.”
– While Dana has said Brock cannot wrestle for WWE due to his contract, they are hoping Brock will be “the guest referee” at WrestleMania in a match involving the Undertaker and Wade Barett.
Obviously, White and Co. have the right to be irate if this report holds true. Lesnar and the WWE using the biggest MMA show of the year to advertise their product clearly won’t go over well. And you best believe that beef will be legitimate.