Wrestling fans in Eastern Iowa and around the world still remember the name Brock Lesnar. Though he hasn’t wrestled in over 5 years (7 in the USA), he’s remained newsworthy for his other physical endeavors in the world of mixed martial arts. Both are covered in his new autobiography Death Clutch.
Along with co-writer Paul Heyman, the book breezes past Lesnar’s early life to focus instead on his career in wrestling and beyond. Death Clutch really starts with the description of Lesnar’s work ethic in the ring and his wins and losses during his college wrestling career. (Lesnar helped the University of Minnesota dominate the Big Ten division from 1998 to 2000.)
By page 40, the book starts in to the real meat and potatoes for any wrestling fan as he describes his feeling about joining the then WWF in 2000. The book details his dislike for the development process in OVW where he remained for months and months before his call up to the main roster in March 2002. He touches only briefly on his friendship with fellow Minnesota alumni Shelton Benjamin before he moves in to the beginning of his WWE career.
He worked with co-author Heyman during this period and it shows as the detail quickly increases. We get an in-depth look at his early feud with the Hardy brothers, followed by his win of the 2002 King of the Ring tournament.
Brock covers his increasing addiction to alcohol and painkillers as he also won the WWE title from the Rock, defended it against Hulk Hogan and Undertaker, and dropping it to the Big Show. He details his win at Wrestlemania over Kurt Angle and the increasing problems his injuries after the match caused him.
Lesnar moves away from WWE storylines to focus on his growing dislike for the constant travel of WWE television which led to his purchase of a private jet. At the same time, he talks about the shady deals that started to suddenly develop backstage. As Vince and his booking team began to work behind his back, Lesnar covers how he felt the work environment grew more and more hostile to him.
Death Clutch gets most interesting when he covers his time period after WWE. He covers his brief NFL career before he moved in to his time with New Japan Pro Wrestling and his legal battles with Vince.
The final 50 pages cover his career in MMA, from its roots to his near death first bout with diverticulitis and return.
Though barely over 200 pages, Lesnar and Heyman chronicle an interesting and very private individual perhaps as well as readers will ever experience. Though one can dream of more details, this is Lesnar’s life, or as much as it as he is willing to share. Death Clutch is a solid read, well worth it for fans of the controversial wrestling and MMA star.
Death Clutch is available wherever books are sold, including the Collins Road Barnes & Noble here in Cedar Rapids and Amazon.com.