After losing in quick fashion to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, Brock Lesnar retired from MMA. One can only assume that this sudden retirement will lead him back to where it all started for Brock, WWE.
In three years, Brock accomplished more in WWE than most have accomplished their entire career.
Let’s be honest, Lesnar’s ventures outside WWE have been lackluster at best.
If you blinked once during the 2004 NFL Season, then you missed Lesnar’s small stint with the Minnesota Vikings.
He has had some success within UFC, becoming UFC Heavyweight Champ, but he never really grasped the ranks of the elite UFC fighters who have come before him.
The answer to why Brock hasn’t found great success outside WWE could be that Brock is destined to be a Professional Wrestler.
Not a UFC Fighter. Not a Football Player. A Professional Wrestler.
If you listen to Lesnar in a interview or at UFC Press Conference, its as if he’s a heel cutting a promo on his opponent.
Even though the UFC may someday have their fighters develop personas, much like characters have in WWE, the octagon isn’t the platform for Lesnar needs to truly express his bad-guy persona.
The squared circle, on the other hand, is that platform.
Brock has just about done it all in WWE, but at age 34, he still has so much to offer.
Here are five potential scenarios for a Brock Lesnar return to WWE.
Brock returning to Guest Host Raw or WrestleMania would be huge for WWE.
This would need to happen after WrestleMania 28 because The Rock and John Cena are already the Main Event and with the year build that has taken place, it deserves to be.
You also have The Undertaker defending his streak at Mania, so Brock’s return would be heavily overshadowed.
Some fans would be highly upset because they’ll want Lesnar to return as an in-ring competitor but hosting could be just the beginning.
You give the WWE Universe a small taste of Lesnar as a host, and then if him returning to competition comes to fruition, it’ll make that match feel much more important.
This one is a long shot, but the timing couldn’t be any more perfect.
Brock Lesnar retiring from MMA on Dec. 31, 2011 and returning to WWE two nights later would be ground breaking.
Remember the electricity that Triple H and Undertaker had this past year on 2.21.11? Imagine that atmosphere with Brock Lesnar eyeing the returning star?
Brock’s WWE theme music hitting this Monday night on Raw, no matter who the wrestler returning is, would no doubt garner a reaction like no other.
Dana White went on record after Lesnar’s retirement to say that “When you retire, you retire under contract,” so one can only assume that means he is being a killjoy to WWE fans who hope and pray that Brock's return to the squared circle is sooner rather than later.
WWE has been teasing invasion angles all year long.
When CM Punk left with the WWE Championship this past summer, it was rumored he’d return with some Ring of Honor buddies to invade WWE.
This would have led to some great WWE programming, but Punk returned by himself and the angle was never heard from again.
Kevin Nash returning brought up rumors that the nWo was being resurrected.
Again, this would have been exciting television, but Nash was placed in a god-awful feud with Triple H (there is no doubt in my mind that WON will award this with Worst Feud of the Year), and the angle never happened.
Picture Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman coming through the crowd on Raw or at a PPV. Not only will you get nostalgia from when Brock was a “free agent” in 2002, you will bear witness to an invasion angle that could lead to big things in the WWE in 2012.
As I mentioned earlier, it’d be fun to see Brock return sooner than later but due to the powers that be, it is highly unlikely.
WrestleMania 29, however, may be far enough off into the distance to see Brock return.
When WWE returned to Dallas this year, DX heavily hinted that WrestleMania could be coming there in the near future.
If Texas will once again host WrestleMania, there will be no bigger match than Brock Lesnar vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin.
This is a match that has been nine years in the making.
Brock believes that Austin didn’t want to put him over while Austin was leaving his prime and Brock was climbing towards main event status back in 2002.
Brock has held a grudge ever since then.
What better way to display this feud then at the Show of Shows in Austin’s home state of Texas?
Perhaps the best build to a match was the build up leading to SummerSlam 2002 when The Rock met Brock Lesnar for the Undisputed Title.
UFC and Boxing has had outstanding sequels to great fights.
Why shouldn't the WWE follow suit?
The Rock has claimed he is now back in the WWE time and time again. So there is no reason that we as fans should believe that John Cena vs. The Rock at Mania will be his final match.
If the new WWE Network is going to host all the non major PPVs from here on out, the major ones should feel more important, not just WrestleMania.
Rock vs. Brock II at a future SummerSlam would prove that WWE is putting all four of its major PPVs back on the map.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers!
What do you think?
Now that Brock has put away the MMA gloves will he gear up for a WWE return?
Personally, I’d love to see The Next Big Thing come back in any scenario. Hopefully, Vince McMahon feels the same way. He’d be a fool not to because Lesnar will draw money in any situation.
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