After a disappointing loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, Lesnar announced his intentions of retiring from MMA, stating that even with a win, he was only looking for one more shot at the belt before truly hanging up the gloves.
When those words were spoken, shock waves were felt in the MMA world...as well as the WWE world, as immediate speculation started on whether or not Lesnar would return to the squared circle, one that he moved on from after his match with Goldberg at WrestleMania 20, way back almost eight years ago.
There is a need for him in the wrestling world; after all, he is a former WWE Champion and we can't get enough of those nowadays, but there is more than what is immediately thought of when we think of Lesnar and the WWE possibly collaborating once again.
Here are five reasons the WWE needs Lesnar back as soon as possible.
The UFC coined the phrase "As Real As It Gets" a while back and when we talk about Lesnar, he was a testament to that statement.
In the WWE, saying words like "real" can be misconstrued, but when it comes down to it, the WWE is real.
It's right in front of you, entertaining you for hours on end, and it's not going away anytime soon.
It was after CM Punk delivered that epic promo in June that talks about a new age of WWE coming upon us began. An age of realism, an age of backstage politics surfacing and playing a part in storylines down the road.
Lesnar may be a quiet guy living in Minnesota, but bringing a beast like him in would get the WWE on the right track.
There is a realism to Lesnar...
The realism to Lesnar is that he is a pure wrestler, one of the best the WWE has ever had.
He might be a big, muscular guy, far from the norm that we see in current champions CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, but Lesnar does have a lot in common with these guys. He is a hard worker, he made his way through wrestling ranks in college, earned his place and got to the WWE by being a solid performer. The body shape was a bonus, due to the WWE marketing themselves around those types at the time.
Lesnar brings agility, finesse and a great move set to compliment a lot of guys in the WWE at this point, and it would be interesting to see what he could do with a lot of the guys who have come in recently, guys like Sheamus.
It's been well documented that there aren't a lot of guys left from the Attitude Era.
Triple H, Undertaker and Mark Henry (with a small exception for Kevin Nash and the alleged soon-to-be-returning Chris Jericho) stand alone in a locker room full of new talent and with them being close to the stage of calling it a career, it's going to be up to those new guys to carry the load.
So far, a few guys have shown that they have what it takes. Lesnar can be added to the list of guys who have that factor of being a great performer.
He can carry the load and get some of those mid-card guys who are struggling and bring them to new heights, and possibly push them to permanent main event status and toward becoming credible future world champions.
Speaking of Attitude Era talent...
We can all remember the time Lesnar lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship and the run-in with Undertaker right afterwards. Look at the video if your memory is a little fuzzy.
From that moment, there was speculation that the two would face off at last year's WrestleMania, but it wasn't meant to be—Lesnar was under contract and Taker faced Triple H instead.
While it looks like it might be a rematch with "The Game" that Undertaker is looking ahead to at WrestleMania 28, it's not too late to imagine Lesnar taking the place of the WWE COO.
It could be a good way to finish off the Undertaker's career, and bring Lesnar some more credibility if Lesnar is truly looking to restart his WWE career. In that, for one, there could be ring rust, as Lesnar has been through a lot since the last time he was in a pro wrestling match and second, if Lesnar and Undertaker were to deliver a "Match of the Year" candidate, it would speak volumes about both men, with Taker still getting it done at an older age and Lesnar coming back and showing he can still perform at a high level on the grandest stage of them all.
The WWE has been slowly incorporating a lot more realism in their matches and that is thanks in part to MMA.
It doesn't only have to do with that, but also with the business relationship between both the WWE and the UFC.
The WWE roster is littered with guys who are huge fans of the UFC and the same goes the other way.
It's hard to say what could come out of the WWE/UFC relationship if Lesnar were to make the jump, but I am sure that with baby steps, everyone will benefit in the end and with all the fans that Lesnar garnered while a member of the UFC roster, he could bring those guys back with him to the WWE.
Sure, most of those Lesnar fans came with him from the WWE, but in general, the UFC has a worldwide following and if Lesnar can make the jump and represent both sports while in WWE, it could lead to a stronger bond between the two sports for years to come. And with that bond will come the fans who will eventually give in to liking both.
It happened when Ken Shamrock made the jump in the 1990s. Honestly, if it wasn't for Shamrock, the UFC wouldn't have gotten the exposure needed to make the small gains and get where they are today.
Yes, there is more to it, but it was a smart move then and it's a smart move now. WWE is in a small decline in popularity and Lesnar's presence could bring them out of it.
What do you think?