WWE Rumors: Brock Lesnar—A Timely and Triumphant Return to the WWE?

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJanuary 2, 2012

Brock Lesnar was one of the most dominant superstars to ever set foot in a WWE ring. When he first debuted on the March 18th, 2002 edition of RAW, many wrestling fans were in awe of Lesnar's size and strength. Fans were also impressed with his ability to destroy anyone who set foot in his path, earning him the nickname; “The Next Big Thing.”

Lesnar became an instant sensation in the WWE, winning several world championships in the short time he was with the company.

Over the last few months, there have been rumours circulating throughout the IWC that Lesnar may return to the WWE. Since leaving the company in 2004, Lesnar has wrestled overseas, tried out for the National Football League and had finally found his niche competing in the UFC in 2008.

On December 30th, 2011, Lesnar announced his retirement from the UFC after a first-round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem, which then sparked the rumours of his WWE return and set the wrestling world ablaze with speculation.

Since Lesnar's retirement, many fans from the MMA and pro wrestling circles have criticized Lesnar for his actions, and those same fans do not want to see Lesnar back in a WWE ring. Keep in mind that these fans were criticizing him for leaving the WWE in the first place, so in retrospect it really would not matter what Lesnar did because he will come under fire regardless.

There is a strong possibility that Lesnar will come back to the WWE. The company has said on several occasions that it would love to bring him back, so it's a good indication that he will be competing in the WWE very soon.

This could be the very thing that the WWE needs to revamp future storylines and programming as a whole. Lesnar's first push in the company was the brainchild of then WWE Creative Member Paul Heyman and was a tremendous push to say the least. Lesnar was booked to be an unstoppable monster who had very little problem defeating his opponents.

Even though it is almost a decade later, if the WWE did it properly, it could do a very similar push for Lesnar. Many wrestling fans of today are not familiar with Lesnar and his abilities, so in fact Lesnar would be a new face and a new character to those fans.

In order for this second push to be effective, Lesnar should be booked to face either the up-and-comers of the WWE like Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, etc. or established main-event talent like CM Punk, Triple H, etc.

If Lesnar was booked to destroy the mid-card or curtain jerkers of the WWE, then his character would not have much of an impact. Another thing to consider is Lesnar's MMA training. He now has new abilities that he could bring to a WWE ring, so he would be more than just a one-dimensional “hulking monster,” and again would be in theory a new character.

Many wrestling fans would just sigh upon seeing Lesnar on WWE programming, and would probably just turn the channel. But what those fans might not realize is that at the very least, after seeing the same established stars getting over week after week, Lesnar in that main event status would be something different—even if it was for the short-term.

Keep in mind that Lesnar has not even re-signed with the WWE, so some wrestling fans will just have to keep their fingers crossed, and others will have another reason to criticize if in fact Brock Lesnar makes his return to the WWE