Well...the last 12 hours have certainly been interesting in the world of Mixed Martial Arts and Pro Wrestling.
As you've probably heard on TV or noticed when you saw the other ten thousand articles related to it, Brock Lesnar got rocked during the first round of his comeback fight last night, and during the post-fight press conference he announced his retirement.
Since that game changer occurred dozens of articles have already been written about what will happen when Brock "returns to the WWE." Now I pose the question....do we really need Brock Lesnar back?
Aside from his likeness appearing in WWE 12, Brock hasn't worked with Vince McMahon's organization since departing right after WrestleMania way back in 2004.
Wrestling is not what it was in 2004. The big muscled guys are no longer the only ones to be at the top of the mountain, and with the majority of live audiences being under the age of 15, I don't know how big of a pop Lesnar would get if he showed up on Raw in a city that wasn't Chicago or New York.
Even if he came back, Lesnar wouldn't be a full time performer. There's nothing wrong with that. He doesn't live and breathe this business, so why should he be miserable at his job when he's already financially well off?
It's not like Brock had been a household name for 10 or 20 years and paid his dues and then took off to do bigger and better things. Lesnar was on the main roster for two years and was pushed almost right to the top. When he finally got tired of the hassle, he took off and never looked back. I say good for him, because he did what he wanted to and didn't stick around just to get rich.
Is Brock Even Needed In Today's Wrestling World?
However if he comes back it will be just for that reason...to get rich via a WrestleMania payday. He wouldn't come back because he loves this business or because of the fans, he'd be coming back to collect a lot of zeroes for maybe a month of promos and 30 minutes of grappling.
This is nothing like The Rock's situation. He may come and go, but he never publicly bashes the industry and he at least tries to give back to the business.
Would it be awesome to see Lesnar back in a ring? Yes.
Would I buy WrestleMania to see Lesnar? Absolutely.
Would I buy WrestleMania without Lesnar? 100%.
The industry is falling sharply and bringing in Lesnar for a one-off is not the solution, if he agreed to come back and work even just the major PPV's then that's a different story, but as much as people (including myself) would love to see Brock come back and face Undertaker...you have to think, is it really worth it? Do you want someone who doesn't even like this business to come back at possibly the biggest event in pro wrestling and take a hard-working full time performers spot?