Brock Lesnar is out and about this week, doing the media rounds to promote this weekend’s WWE blockbuster event Summer Slam, where he will headline opposite The Undertaker.
As things always do with Lesnar, a recent interview with ESPN turned to him comparing the WWE to the UFC. While the initial question was a lame attempt to stir debate about the fake vs. real argument, the interview led to a comparison between two iconic promoters of our time: Vince McMahon and Dana White. (Dana White’s past comments on McMahon and WWE.)
White, the UFC’s president, was involved in a recent Twitter exchange with a fan in which he called professional wrestling fake. Not exactly breaking news, we know.
@RKORollins not disrespecting what they do. All the WWE guys I have met are awesome people but yes it’s fake.
— Dana White (@danawhite) August 1, 2015
But in addressing the comments about fake vs. real, Lesnar put things in a business perspective, which eventually led to the comparison between McMahon, his current WWE boss, and White, his former boss.
“Of course, Dana, it’s fake, everybody knows that, but you’re promoting the same thing we’re promoting. Dana White is promoting fights; we’re promoting fights,” said Lesnar. “It just so happens that we get a little more longevity out of our fights and out of our fighters because of the circumstances.”
The circumstances being that the WWE, being scripted, can better control the story building up to a match and can determine the outcome, which can be expanded upon at will to keep the storyline going to peak interest.
“It is a staged arena,” Lesnar continued. “Everybody knows that. Dana, probably in his defense, is promoting fighting, but it’s the same thing. He’s trying to sell pay-per-views. He’s trying to sell money fights. It’s the same racket.”
Lesnar, of course, wasn’t referring to the way the fights play out. Unlike Wanderlei Silva, who, without providing any supporting evidence, recently claimed that the UFC has fixed fights, Lesnar was referring to WWE and UFC both being in the business of promoting and selling pay-per-view events.
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“The business model’s the same. It’s identical,” said Lesnar. “I think Vince McMahon is better at it than Dana and that might rub Dana the wrong way.
“Vince is the pioneer of it. He’s been doing this his whole life and he’s damn good at it.”