WWE News WWE News: Brock Lesnar book excerpt - why he was envious of Kane, frustrations with WWE's full-time schedule
May 13, 2011 - 11:32:07 AM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor
Former WWE star Brock Lesnar says he was envious of Kane during his time in WWE because Kane wrestled with a mask on TV, allowing him to maintain his privacy outside of wrestling.
Lesnar's comments about desiring privacy in his personal life come in a book excerpt released online from Lesnar's forthcoming "Death Clutch" autobiography written with Paul Heyman.
Excerpt from the book: "...in some ways, the WWE character I envied the most was Kane. He had the greatest gig ever, because he was a big star who wore a mask on TV. When he went home, he’d get to take off the mask and live a normal life. Nobody knew what he looked like, and no one ever bothered him when he went about his personal life. He must have had about as normal a life as you can have in professional wrestling."
Lesnar added more comments about trying to maintain a professional vs. private balance in WWE, which he has carried over to his UFC career:
"When I’m on the job, in the ring, at the arena, I’m there to entertain you. I understand that. You paid to see me, and I owe it to you to make sure your money was well spent. But when I’m not on the job, I don’t think I owe anything to anybody. If you’re a plumber, and you’re out to dinner with your family, would you like it if the waiter walked up and said, 'Hey, the toilet just backed up, can you come in the back and fix it?' Probably not. You are there to eat, not to fish tampons out of the drain pipe. When I’m enjoying some time with my family, I’m not at work. I’m not 'on.' I’m not there to entertain anyone."
Lesnar opens this excerpt of the book talking about the WWE schedule and "running into the grind" of being on the road week in and week out, while not having time to enjoy the fruit of his labor.
"My first year on the main roster in WWE was a blur. My second year was even worse," Lesnar writes. "The money was great, and I was buying a lot of nice things, but I had no time to enjoy any of it. That touring schedule just eats you up. I just kept thinking that there has to be a better way to make some real money."
FYI: Lesnar's book is officially released May 24. More details and excerpts can be read at Deathclutch.com.
Caldwell's Analysis: Lesnar has a very idealistic view of his privacy after putting himself in the spotlight with his career choices. Part of being paid big bucks is because he is in the spotlight and he took a career path that would put him in the spotlight, so there has to be an expectation that his privacy will be compromised from time to time. He could have taken another career route, e.g. a plumber, and been out of the spotlight working a regular job, but he wouldn't have made the big money to buy nice things. With big money and a big spotlight comes the sacrifice of privacy at times. You can't have it both ways all the time.
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