Brock Lesnar – Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat is the latest monthly 3 disc release from WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) on their Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. Those outside the world of professional wrestling know Lensar as a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. In 2012, after an 8 year absence from the WWE, Lesnar made his return the night after WrestleMania XXVIII, and has dominated the company over the last almost 4 years.
I’ll be honest, I was really looking forward to reviewing this DVD. My friends and family all know I’m a huge pro wrestling fan, and Brock Lesnar has a very unique story. So when this popped up as a title to review, I threw my hand up straight away. However, I am a little disappointed with the release.
This DVD isn’t a documentary on Brock, but rather a “collection of greatest matches and moments”, with some sloppily edited interviews piecing together the narrative of this “documentary”. There is nothing “new” on the DVD except an OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) match from 2000. A lot of the content on this DVD are interviews and matches you can find on YouTube and on WWE programming already.
Brock Lesnar and fellow University of Minnesota alum Shelton Benjamin as The Minnesota Stretching Crew in OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling).
Despite that, however, this is actually a really good collection of matches. The first disc has 5 matches and some edited together interviews from his first run in the WWE, whereas discs 2 and 3 has 9 matches from his return in 2012 until his Hell in a Cell match vs The Undertaker from 2015. The DVD’s first match is a tag team match from OVW, where he teamed with a personal favourite of mine, Shelton Benjamin, as The Minnesota Stretching Crew (Both Shelton and Brock went to the University of Minnesota, where Shelton Benjamin trained Lesnar on amateur wrestling). And it’s a great match to start on. The DVD shows exactly where the WWE’s resident Beast has come from.
Another match shows Brock Lesnar against Mr Perfect, in an un-televised match on WWE Raw from January 2002. Most Lesnar fans know this, but Mr Perfect actually trained Brock Lesnar in professional wrestling, so it’s good to watch this match in a higher quality than what has been provided on YouTube for years. The other matches on disc one involve Rob Van Dam and Kurt Angle in a rematch from WrestleMania XIX for the WWE Championship, and The Undertaker, in a “Biker Chain” match (There is literally a “Biker Chain” hanging from a pole in the corner, and you have to grab it and use it on your opponent. No one said the match types were good, okay?).
Su-plex-City. Clap clap clapclapclap.
Disc two is where it gets interesting, however. It mentions that Brock left the company after WrestleMania XX, due to conflicts with the company, then ignores the 8 years he was gone. So no mentions of his UFC run or UFC Heavyweight title win, no mentions of his New Japan Pro Wrestling run (where he won the IWGP Heavyweight belt) and definitely no mention of the lawsuit WWE filed against Lesnar during his run with NJPW. Instead, it cuts to his return after 2012’s WrestleMania XXVIII against John Cena.
The matches for discs two and three are pretty interesting. It doesn’t have his comeback match with Cena, which was a brutal match. It’s also missing arguably one of his best matches in his current run, going up against Triple H at WrestleMania XXIX. But this set does have some absolute belters, including his clash with CM Punk at SummerSlam 2013, John Cena and Seth Rollins at the 2015 Royal Rumble and most infamously, his WrestleMania XXX match against The Undertaker.
The Best vs The Beast. CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar. SummerSlam 2013.
Overall, this is a pretty good collection of matches if you want to show a non wrestling fan some Brock Lesnar matches. The timing of this release, however, is completely undercut by what just happened to him at Survivors Series 2016. This DVD does a good job of building him as this unstoppable force, but him being beaten by Goldberg in less than 90 seconds undoes all of that. What a shame.
Brock Lesnar – Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat. is available now on DVD. Check out the Madman website for more details.
SUMMARY: A good collection of matches for Brock Lesnar. Under delivers on the documentary aspect. Some pretty big omissions if you want to call this his “collection of greatest matches and moments”, including his WrestleMania XIX match against Kurt Angle and the infamous “Super-plex from Hell” on The Big Show.