New UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s former employers with World Wrestling Entertainment felt compelled to issue a statement in regards to his victory via their official website.
“In a stunning upset, Brock Lesnar became the first man to capture both the WWE Championship and the UFC Heavyweight Championship when he defeated UFC fan favorite Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture on Saturday night in Sin City,” the release begins, incorrectly referring to Lesnar’s victory as an “upset,” as he was favored to win by all of the major sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
The self-promotional release continued, even trying to portray this past Saturday’s successful UFC 91 event in a negative light.
“Critics have noted that many of the fights on the UFC pay-per-view ended in the first round, leaving UFC producers scrambling to fill the three-hour event with content,” the WWE.com release states. “The dearth of hearty competition left many viewers to watch less prestigious under-card fights and only served to bolster claims that UFC pay-per-view events can often be a ‘crap shoot’ in regards to filling the full three hours.”
The release ended with the WWE trying to position itself as playing a role in Lesnar’s win, in spite of the fact that he resigned from his multi-million dollar contract with the promotion over four years ago under a great deal of acrimony.
“For his part, Lesnar took the encouragment of the WWE Universe and the hard lessons forged during his fiery time at WWE and showed UFC and the world why he is not only a man of mettle but also a former three-time WWE Champion,” concluded the release.