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Inside The Wheelhouse: Work or Shoot? The Undertaker – Brock Lesnar confrontation

The Undertaker and Brock LesnarThe Wrestling world and MMA world are buzzing after a brief incident at UFC 121 between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar took place on Saturday night. The moment itself last merely three seconds but caught an intense moment from the once former co-workers. As with anything involving two former WWE World Champions there is already skeptics out there that are debating whether or not the incident is legit or not.

While the moment itself was a stare down and did not result into any physical between the two, it definitely had the opportunity to lead to that particular place. The incident in question took place during a rare out of character interview with The Undertaker for AOL Fanhouse. The interview not only was rare because it was out of character for The Deadman but for the fact that The Undertaker’s real life wife, Michelle McCool is clear as day during the video. Very rarely do you get the two instances happening at one time as the “aura” of The Undertaker’s character is never shown in “kayfabe” opportunities.

The WWE goes as at great lengths to protect their most prized gimmick of all-time that The Undertaker is never shown on camera or in front of the live crowd during the least kayfabe of ceremonies in the WWE, the Hall of Fame ceremony during Wrestlemania weekend. So for The Undertaker to do an out of character interview and have his wrestler wife in the background makes people debate how legit the incident is itself.

If you haven’t seen the video yet do yourself a favor and go back to the blog written by Eric Gargiulo for Camel Clutch Blog and check it out. The incident like I said too as long as three seconds and was just a stare down between the two former competitors with the intensity reaching such a high level that “The Deadman” even asked Brock Lesnar to his face “do you want to go.” Since the video was released shortly after the UFC 121 PPV it has become quite a hot topic in wrestling and MMA circles.

Could this have been a case of two former co-workers/competitors not being a fan of one another or could it be something else?

Shortly after the release of the video Dave Meltzer reported that there have been brief discussions between the WWE and Brock Lesnar regarding a brief return to the ring. The return itself would take place at the Georgia Dome at Wrestlemania 27 with a match between; get this, The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. The original plan was for it to be “The Streak vs. The UFC Heavyeight Championship.” Obviously that can not happen now.

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The report from Dave Meltzer comes days after there was a report of a UFC like match taking place at Wrestlemania 27 and the WWE seeing the success the UFC has had, wanting to capitalize upon it. The WWE has gone down that road before with “shoot fighting” with the “Brawl For All” tournament in the late-90s that never really took off. The UFC is a different ball game right now and possibly having a UFC/MMA match at Wrestlemania 27 would be extremely appealing to the demographic to purchase this years show.

The more rumors we hear and the video that we see it’s quite possible that something may be up in the WWE camp. If that is the case I am all for it and excited for the possibilities. The opportunity to watch The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar in the ring whether it is a wrestling match or, while I completely doubt it, in a MMA cage, is worth the price of admission already. Both names whether people like it or not, are household names and would be the headlining match at Wrestlemania for sure.

The WWE has stated that they hope to do more realistic storylines and incorporate them into their angles on television. We have seen instances of this type of thought process played out on WWE television throughout the year. From the Nexus angle to whether or not Daniel Bryan was fired from the WWE, we have seen this take place throughout the year in the WWE. Could this be another case of this new thought process for storyline development in the WWE?

But let’s look at the instance if this stare down between the two was actually legit. There is clearly hatred between the two that stems back from Lesnar’s time in the WWE. The cause of it can be guessed at but no one will really know except The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.

The skeptics can believe that it might stem from Lesnar’s departure from the WWE that came as a shock to the wrestling world in 2004? It might have to do with that as The Undertaker was instrumental in the push of Brock Lesnar in 2002 when he put him over in a feud in the Fall of 2004 that saw Lesnar go over clean against The Undertaker in the Hell in a Cell. While Taker gets a lot of blame for not putting over wrestlers now a days he was the key ingredient in the monster build of Lesnar in 2002.

The Undertaker is one of the most respected wrestlers in the WWE locker room; it’s very well known that when it comes to anything backstage, The Undertaker is in-charge and no one else. He might be considered in most wrestling circles as the most respected wrestler in the WWE locker room ever. The aura of The Undertaker when the backstage doors are closed is one of the most closely regarded secret in wrestling, all we know is that if the WWE locker room was a mafia The Undertaker would most definitely be the don.

It will be interesting to see where this story takes us in the coming weeks and it unravels itself on WWE television. Should that be the case then I will take this incident as simple a wrestling angle that has a real life turn, if we see nothing come of it then it was clearly an incident where two guys simply didn’t like one another. Either way the WWE needs to capitalize on this now because it has everyone talking.

I am personally hoping that come Wrestlemania 27 we have The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar in the Georgia Dome. There is at least ground work for that rumor to happen now.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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