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NFL will provide Lesnar a lesson
By Don Callis
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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 school.

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 terror.

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 Condello.

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 coming weeks.

K-5 News

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).


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