Brock Lesnar: Paul Heyman Will Help WWE Star Bounce Back After Shaky Start
Paul Heyman made a triumphant comeback to Raw last night to inform the WWE Universe that Brock Lesnar had "quit" the company. After a rocky return, Lesnar will benefit greatly from Heyman's presence, and it should be enough to get him back on track.
One of Lesnar's biggest problems has always been a lack of mic skills, so it was surprising to see the creative team to put him into so many extensive promo situations during his first month back. His struggles were especially evident during the contract-signing segment before Extreme Rules.
Putting Heyman back in his corner to do most of the talking will help Lesnar regain the mystique he lost before his loss to John Cena. He was never expected to work a full schedule, so writing him off TV for a while with the quitting angle to allow some of the excitement to return was a smart move.
Heyman originally gained prominence with WCW and ECW before going mainstream to become Lesnar's manager in the WWE. They had a successful run the first time around, and it's a formula that should work again if given some freedom.
Lesnar is a dominant force, and his character can be entertaining as long as they mask his flaws. Heyman will do exactly that with his usual level of flair that was already generating a ton of heat from the Raw crowd.
That's something Lesnar couldn't do no matter how hard he tried. The WWE poured a lot of resources into the former UFC champion to help carry the company over the next year, so they have to do everything possible to ensure he succeeds.
What do you think of Heyman's return?
There are legitimate concerns about the way he's been booked so far, but that can't be changed now. So giving Lesnar some time off while Heyman repairs some of the damage should make sure the entire situation doesn't turn into a total disaster.
The fact that Lesnar already has John Laurinaitis on his side and now Heyman to do his talking is an obvious message from the WWE that they realized he wasn't able to handle the load himself. It's something they should have known right away, but it's better late than never.
Heyman's promo last night was tremendous. He was able to reinforce the message Lesnar failed miserably to send—the fans don't matter—while also starting the rebuild of Lesnar's character after getting beaten cleanly by Cena.
The outlook looked grim for a while, but Heyman's return came just in the nick of time. Now Lesnar can finally live up to the hype.
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