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Brock taking WWE to court
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


Brock Lesnar vs. Vince McMahon is officially going to happen but it won't be a marquee match at Wrestlemania -- it will be a showdown in a Connecticut courtroom. Lesnar, 27, filed a restraint of trade lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment Monday, claiming his contact with the grappling group is preventing him from earning an income.

The situation developed last March when Lesnar asked to get out of his seven-year deal with WWE, valued at around $1 million US per year.

Lesnar claimed he was worn out from the gruelling WWE travel schedule and wanted to pursue his dream of playing in the National Football League instead. Coincidentally, it was around the same time he was asked to give up his main event position and allow someone else to have a run with the WWE championship.

Although McMahon had invested a fortune in training and promoting 'The Next Big Thing' as his top star, Lesnar was offered a release. The only condition was that he sign a non-compete clause for the remaining time on the deal. Lesnar would not be allowed to wrestle, or participate in any kind of fighting event, unless organized by WWE, until June 2010.

Lesnar signed on the dotted line and immediately began burning bridges. He badmouthed his WWE experience to the media, vowing he was done with wrestling for good.

Six months later, as his NFL career crashed and burned, he was singing a very different tune.

Lesnar's spot on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad did not result in a place on the team. The Vikings gleefully accepted the cheap publicity, sold a truckload of No. 69 jerseys with Lesnar's name on the back, then cut him from the roster.

Lesnar was denied an opportunity to go to NFL Europe to improve his game and turned down negotiations for a low-paying CFL deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

With his football options dwindling and no other way to support his extravagant lifestyle, Lesnar finally contacted WWE about a return to the ring. The answer, not surprisingly, was a resounding 'no thanks.'

So now Lesnar is taking his WWE contract to the courtroom, hoping a judge will overturn the clause which prevents him from fighting elsewhere for the next five years.

The suit points out by the time the clause expires, Lesnar will be 33, well past what is considered the prime age for an athlete to compete.

Lesnar, a former NCAA wrestling champion, wants to go to Japan to compete for Pride or K-1 in a shoot-fighting environment. WWE has until March 1 to submit a response to the lawsuit.

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    UNFOUNDED: To clear up the Internet rumours, Wrestlemania XXII is not coming to McMahon Stadium. WWE insiders confirmed there are no plans to run any pay-per-view events in Calgary for the foreseeable future.

    Recent WWE events in the city have suffered poor attendance figures -- a house show at the Corral last September barely drew a thousand fans. Besides, unless the theme is 'Snow Slam' or 'Blizzard Brawl', I don't think anyone would be crazy enough to risk running an outdoor wrestling show in Calgary in March.

    The actual venue for the 2006 Wrestlemania will be announced at this year's 'Mania event, April 3 in Los Angeles.

    WEBER OUT: Smackdown diva Amy Weber spent Super Bowl Sunday on a flight home from Alaska, skipping a wrestling booking in Anchorage after handing in her notice to WWE bosses.

    Weber reportedly grew tired of being the victim of constant ribbing and cruel practical jokes from male wrestlers, many of whom are jealous of the perks she is offered to go on the road.

    Weber, who is not a trained wrestler, was performing as a valet and image consultant character for WWE champion John Bradshaw Layfield.

    WWE execs are hoping to clear up the situation with Weber and convince her to rejoin the tour before next Tuesday's Smackdown tapings in Cleveland.


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