Brock Lesnar (right) grimaces in pain while fighting Alistair Overeem (left) at UFC 141 last night (Dec. 30, 2011) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brock Lesnar lost to Alistair Overeem last night (Fri., Dec. 30, 2011) at UFC 141 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It took just a few minutes inside the cage for "The Reem" to slay the beast and make a successful Octagon debut. In fact, the Dutchman made it look easy.
So easy, in fact, that there are those who are now accusing Lesnar of laying down for his opponent.
Immediately following the event, Chris Jericho, who worked with Lesnar in WWE and is currently on sabbatical from the professional wrestling company, took to Twitter and kept it short and sweet.
"Lesnar just took a dive," he tweeted.
That's one hell of an accusation, especially considering the fact that it came from a pro wrestler who would know what a worked match looks like. That's not to say Lesnar "worked" his match against Overeem but it's interesting that that's the first impression Jericho had after seeing the fight.
Then again, he's got motives of his own. There are a few potential reasons Jericho could be accusing Brock of a work here. Let's break them down.
- Jericho is just trolling his Twitter followers: For those of you who are unfamiliar with Chris Jericho or the world of professional wrestling, he's a guy who loves to stir the pot. It seems petty to tweet something just for the sake of causing a sh*tstorm but if anyone in the business would do something like that, it's Jericho.
- Jericho legitimately believes Lesnar took a dive: This also isn't out of the realm of possibility and I'm sure there are quite a few marks out there who believe the same thing. Lesnar was highly uncompetitive in the fight and when the finishing sequence came, one could make an argument that Brock just wanted out and let himself get beat. UFC President Dana White said he was told by Lesnar that he fears he may have broken a rib, which could explain it. Or the fact that a K-1 champion kickboxer blasted Lesnar right where his 12-inches of intestine used to be could also have played a big part in ending the bout.
- Jericho is going into business for himself in the hopes of a big payday down the road in WWE: By now we all know of the rumors that Lesnar will be returning to WWE at some point in the near future. He signed what's known as a "Legend's Contract" recently, which essentially means WWE can use his likeness for merchandise and video games and whatnot. But it also opens the door for his return to the squared circle. And Vince McMahon, the head cheese with WWE, has already offered Lesnar a great deal of money for a big match at WrestleMania, WWE's flagship pay-per-view, to get one big payoff with Brock. With Lesnar already admitting that he thinks he'll go back and won't turn down the payday, he's going to need an opponent. Jericho could simply be positioning himself to be that guy, though he's probably fourth or fifth down on the list of potential return opponents behind guys like Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
- Jericho is just an idiot: Let me just put this here for those who are thinking it anyway.
I tend to believe, personally, that it's a mixture of the first three. Jericho is trolling his followers while working an angle that he legitimately believes there is some truth to. Lesnar didn't exactly put up much of a fight when he was taken into relatively deep water and considering the fact that he had a $400,000 payday (before pay-per-view bonuses are factored in) awaiting him no matter the outcome, I can see how one might believe he just let it end.
His retirement immediately after the bout is only furthering speculation that a WWE return is in his future. Don't expect it to happen anytime soon, but by this time next year, an announcement isn't out of the question.
What do you think, Maniacs? Agree with Jericho? Or is he just trolling?