Review of Death Clutch by Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar and Undertaker settled their differences at Hell in a Cell 2015.
Undertaker works over the arm of Brock Lesnar. JP Yim / Stringer / Getty Images

Brock Lesnar is the only man to have held both the WWE Championship and the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In addition, he is a former NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and was the final man cut by the Minnesota Vikings in 2004 despite not playing football in years. Brock chronicles all of these accomplishments and his near-fatal bout and recovery from diverticulitis in his first autobiography.

Pros

  • You get a great sense of what drives Brock Lesnar to be so successful.

Cons

  • The book is very short compared to other wrestling autobiographies.
  • His recollection of his pro wrestling career will leave readers unsatisfied.
  • While he shares some of his personal life, he leaves many questions unanswered.

Description

  • The book was written by Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman.
  • The book is 224 pages.
  • The book contains 16 pages of color photos.
  • The book has a retail price of $25.99.

Guide Review - Review of Death Clutch by Brock Lesnar

Brock's autobiography can be divided up into three sections for wrestling fans. There is his life before the WWE, his time in the WWE, and his life after the WWE. I enjoyed the first and last parts. Unfortunately, the part of the book I was most looking forward to (and since you are reading this on a wrestling site I would assume the part you also are most interested in) was pretty bad.

Brock had no love of wrestling growing up and looked at his career with the company as just getting a paycheck. I respect his honesty about that. Unfortunately, it doesn't make for an entertaining read. If you are looking for some deep behind-the-scenes analysis of his matches and feuds, you won't be getting any of that.

He admits on several occasions to not even remembering some of the matches.

Brock obviously hated his time in the wrestling business. He didn't like the travel, didn't care to much for his co-workers, and disliked the fame that came along with his job. The motto he followed for his career was "Get in to get out". He followed that advice and in the process proved to be a very smart man as he left the business before it destroyed him.

The best part of this section is Brock describing the WWE grind and how it goes about destroying many people in the business. He also gives a pretty good picture about the politics that go on in the business and how you really can't trust anyone in the locker room or the office.

Unfortunately, his in-ring descriptions are severely lacking. As an example, I'm going to take a look at his infamous match against Goldberg at WrestleMania XX. While the reader finds out that Brock was originally supposed to squash Goldberg before giving the company his notice, the details of the surreal scene that took place at the Garden that night are lacking. I would have loved to known what was going through both men's minds. Did they change anything up in the bout because of the crowd reaction?

What happened when they went to the locker room? How did his then-girlfriend Sable react to what was going on? Did she comfort him and stand by his side or was she forced to go to the post-WrestleMania party without him? Instead of getting answers to any of those questions, we get this analysis of the bout: "Neither of us wanted to be in the ring that last night - we just wanted to collect our checks and be done".

Overall Recommendation

I was very disappointed with this book. After breezing through it, I felt unsatisfied and wanting much more. Brock has chosen to shun the media and was able to keep his privacy throughout his career so what he does share is fresh and new. However, he still leaves too much out of this book. While I can respect him wanting to keep his privacy, I can't agree with him charging people so much and sharing so little.

At best, I would recommend holding off on buying this book and waiting until the paperback version becomes available. Until then, I would recommend checking out his DVD, Here Comes the Pain.

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