Brock Lesnar burst on the WWE scene in 2002 and within a few short months was the youngest WWE Champ in history, defeating The Rock at SummerSlam. He would hold the championship two more times and even win the 2003 Royal Rumble.
Yet, in early 2004, rumors began that Brock Lesnar would leave the WWE and try his hand at the NFL.
The rumors turned out to be true, and Lesnar wrestled his last match at Wrestlemania XX, in a loss to Goldberg. Both Goldberg and Brock Lesnar were on their way out of the company, and fans peppered both participants with jeers the entire match and, mostly, showed support for referee "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Lesnar's foray into the world of football ended with him being cut by the Minnesota Vikings. Fans expected Lesnar to return to the WWE, until the former NCAA Division I wrestling champ signed with the UFC in 2008.
Lesnar went 5-3 in his UFC career and won the heavyweight championship one time. During his career Lesnar battled intestinal issues and diverticulitis.
Though Lesnar had a relatively successful career in the UFC, the moment he announced his retirement from MMA at UFC 141 the internet was set ablaze with the possibility of a WWE return.
Anything can happen in the world of professional wrestling, and with that said here are the top five feuds I'd like to see, if Brock Lesnar returned.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin is one of the most popular athletes to ever step into the squared circle, but towards the end of Austin's in-ring career, he took his ball and went home when it was rumored he was to job to Lesnar on an edition of Monday Night Raw in 2002.
This match shouldn't have been on Raw, as it could have been built up big and made a lot of money for all the parties involved, but Austin retired before the match could take place.
The only question is, why do I have this ranked fifth?
For a one-time match at Wrestlemania or SummerSlam, sure this would be a dream bout, but no one gets a rub from working with Austin or Lesnar. More than likely, Lesnar's return is going to be short term because as Jim Ross stated, Brock hates traveling.
Austin can't return full-time due to injuries suffered over his career.
So the long-term value of a Lesnar/Austin match doesn't exist. While it's a match I'd like to see, I just can't put it higher than fifth.
Let me start this off by saying, like many men above the age of 20, I am not a fan of John Cena.
That said, John is one of the few wrestlers on the WWE roster that is recognizable to people outside of a WWE audience. John is a company man and more than likely a lifer in the WWE; you don't ever have to worry about him jetting off to Hollywood or trying his hand at MMA.
A natural storyline is there for the taking. John got his first real taste at pay-per-view championship matches against Lesnar at the 2003 Backlash and went on the become a multi-time WWE champion and face of the WWE. He is what Brock could have been.
Also, perhaps a feud with someone that can play a heel well, like Brock Lesnar, will get Cena back on the mostly cheered train.
Right now this sits at No. 4, but depending on how the Wrestlemania Cena/Rock match goes, it could move higher or off the list completely.
Daniel Bryan may be the best technical wrestler the WWE has to offer; heck, he may be the best in the world. So when WWE looks for an opponent for Lesnar, who hasn't been in a WWE ring for almost eight years, perhaps they should look at the guy who will make him look the best. Look no further than Daniel Bryan.
Bryan has been on a hot streak lately, and his gradual heel turn is going great. He is getting amazing heat and making his feud against the Big Show something worth watching.
In addition, Bryan trains with Neil Melanson of Xtreme Couture. Bryan and Lesnar could put together a unique match blending MMA and a David/Goliath atmosphere.
A match with a former UFC heavyweight champion, where Bryan is seen as a threat, may also legitimize Bryan as a champion and master technician.
The thoughts of a bout between these two might excite me more than any on this list.
The future is now for Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler has been so good, he has received comparisons to the late, great "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig.
Dolph is the guy on the list that could most benefit from a feud with Brock Lesnar. Ziggler is just a breakout moment away from being in the upper-echelon of wrestlers in the WWE. That moment may come at the Royal Rumble when he takes on CM Punk for the WWE Championship.
If it doesn't happen at the Rumble, what better way to take Ziggler to the next level than to feud him with a returning Brock Lesnar.
Ziggler and Lesnar both have wrestling backgrounds, and I have no doubt these two could put on a show for the fans.
On a side note, get used to Ziggler; he should be a major player for a few years. Hard to believe this guy was a part of the Spirit Squad and wasn't even the leader.
No. 1 probably doesn't come as a shock to anyone. CM Punk is the top star in the WWE right now—sorry, Cena. The guy delivers time and time again in the ring and on the microphone that sometimes you take it for granted.
Punk has pointed out he is a Paul Heyman guy like Brock Lesnar was. An easy feud is there to develop, especially if Heyman were to be brought in.
Punk is the man right now, and he doesn't have the main event at Wrestlemania like he should, that went to Cena and The Rock almost a year ago. He isn't getting money matches against the top stars; instead, it seems Punk is being used to elevate talent like Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler.
The fact is that a Lesnar vs. CM Punk match would be a huge draw and might be the "internet fan" equivalent to Rock vs. Cena.
CM Punk deserves a match like this and has earned the chance to show he can make huge money matching up with a gigantic PPV draw like Lesnar.
Finally, you know Punk can be counted on against a possibly-rusty Lesnar because Punk almost never seems to disappoint.