The following is an excerpt from "Death Clutch," the new Brock Lesnar book written by Paul Heyman:
â€œMy first year on the main roster in WWE was a blur. My second year was even worse. I was running into the grind. Same routine every day, day in and day out. The money was great, and I was buying a lot of nice things, but I had no time to enjoy any of it. That touring schedule just eats you up. I just kept thinking that there has to be a better way to make some real money.
The one good thingâ€”okay, great thingâ€”that came out of my second year was that I got to meet my future wife, Rena. I think itâ€™s pretty common knowledge that Iâ€™m a very private man, and thereâ€™s a reason for that. When Iâ€™m on the job, in the ring, at the arena, Iâ€™m there to entertain you. I understand that. You paid to see me, and I owe it to you to make sure your money was well spent. But when Iâ€™m not on the job, I donâ€™t think I owe anything to any-body. If youâ€™re a plumber, and youâ€™re out to dinner with your family, would you like it if the waiter walked up and said, â€œHey, the toilet just backed up, can you come in the back and fix it?â€ Probably not. You are there to eat, not to fish tampons out of the drain pipe. When Iâ€™m enjoying some time with my family, Iâ€™m not at work. Iâ€™m not â€œon.â€ Iâ€™m not there to entertain anyone. Iâ€™m a husband and a father. Iâ€™m Daddy. Thatâ€™s who I am, and all I want to be. So if some jackass wants to pose for pictures with me, it really burns my ass because he isnâ€™t just imposing on me, he is imposing on my wife and my children, too.
I think everyone should have a right to privacy. Certainly, my family has a right to be left alone. My wife was on TV for a while, so she can expect some of the attention, I get that. But my children arenâ€™t performers. What makes them fair game? What gives anyone else the right to take pictures of my children? Why does anyone think itâ€™s okay to just walk up to me and act as if I owe them an answer to personal questions? Is it because they bought a ticket or purchased a pay-per-view? Iâ€™ve never been able to grasp that. Why canâ€™t I just do my job? If Iâ€™m at an event, or out promoting something, thatâ€™s one thing. I expect to take pictures and sign autographs. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m there. But I deserve a private life, too, and so does my family.
Over the years, Iâ€™m sure that being as private as I am has cost me a lot of money. I could be like one of those media whores that shows up anywhere there might be a camera just to keep my name out there, and to keep my face on the TV and in the papers so the endorsements will keep coming in. But thatâ€™s not me, and I can live with that. I like to stay home, spend time with my family, and be left alone. My life is my life. Itâ€™s nobodyâ€™s business what goes on in my house, or with my wife or my children. I wonâ€™t intrude on your private life. Donâ€™t intrude on mine.
Thatâ€™s why, in some ways, the WWE character I envied the most was Kane. He had the greatest gig ever, because he was a big star who wore a mask on TV. When he went home, heâ€™d get to take off the mask and live a normal life. Nobody knew what he looked like, and no one ever bothered him when he went about his personal life. He must have had about as normal a life as you can have in professional wrestling. Thatâ€™s probably why Glenn Jacobs (Kane) survived for so long in WWE. Maybe I should have worn a mask. I might have lasted just a little longer . . . or not.â€
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