29th April 22:51
Don Callis 6.21.04 NFL will provide Lesnar a lesson
NFL will provide Lesnar a lesson
By Don Callis
Brock Lesnar has worked out for a couple of NFL teams in the States
and is, from an athletic standpoint, in the top 1% of all draftees.
This has fuelled rumours (some by Lesnar's own agent) that Brock will
be at a training camp within the next six weeks. Lesnar, who is
6-foot-4 or 5 and weighs 285-290 pounds with almost no body fat,
recently ran a 4.7 second 40-yard dash, wowing NFL scouts.
So he is more athletic and faster than most of the defensive linemen
in the NFL. One problem: he hasn't played a down of ball since high
To be clear, playing on the defensive line is the best spot for him;
there's less technique and mental preparation than playing on the
offensive line, where some had predicted he was headed. He basically
would just have to attack the line, a process that would be helped by
his amateur wrestling training.
Despite being an athletic freak of nature, Lesnar has been described
as "a project with a capital P" by more than one scout, although it
seems likely that someone will sign him to the league minimum just
because he physically has such huge potential.
In talking about Lesnar it reminded me of a friend of mine who was
once in the wrestling business and was a former CFL star, Glen Kulka.
Kulka played for the Ottawa Rough Riders as well as the Saskatchewan
Roughriders as a 6-foot-3, 275-pound nose guard. And boy was he a
Like Lesnar, Kulka had a bodybuilder look about him and freakish
strength (Kulka once held the pro football bench press record,
pressing 225 pounds for 53 reps). Kulka was discovered by Bret Hart
and became one of Bret's first proteges, training at Bret's house in
Calgary along with Edge, Test and Christian.
I roomed with Glen in Moncton, N.B. and he was always a great guy to
hang around with. Because of his look and intense personality, we all
assumed that he was the next Goldberg and would become a bigger
wrestling star than he ever was a football celebrity.
Sadly, injuries sidelined him for more than a year after he broke his
leg and destroyed his knee at an independent show in Regina for Tony
By the time Glen was healthy, Bret was already gone to WCW and Glen
later left the business.
Interestingly, Glen likely found the business a tougher nut to crack
than pro football. We'll see if the same is true for Lesnar in the
Kurt Angle may be ready to work again in the ring in the near future.
... Good seats are still available for the WWE return to Winnipeg in
July for both Smackdown and Raw -- be sure you are there for the
biggest shows to come to the 'Peg in a long time ... Lance Storm is
now officially the head trainer for the WWE developmental territory in
Louisville ... Raven is nursing a broken rib at the moment. ... Shane
Douglas and Jerry Lynn have been moved to agent roles for TNA
Wrestling. This is a great move for the company as they are by far the
most knowledgeable guys in their respective divisions ... Steve Austin
has turned down a deal with Dreamstage Entertainment, a big money
operation in Japan. He is apparently concerned that if he didn't draw
well that it would adversely affect future negotiations with WWE.
Goldberg continues to work for the company ... Rock may well make a
surprise guest appearance at this Monday's Raw show in his hometown of
Miami. Rock splits his time between there and Los Angeles ... A
comedian in the U.S. is considering legal action against WWE for use
of the Eugene gimmick, claiming that he came up with it and had even
pitched a non-wrestling version of the character of the same name to
Spike TV, which airs Raw in the U.S. My question for him is: How much
money and time do you have? WWE has deep pockets and Jerry McDevitt
(the lawyer who beat the government charges against Vince McMahon in
the early '90s).