Brock Lesnar shocked the WWE when he returned the night after WrestleMania 28.
A decade ago, a man named Brock Lesnar exploded into the WWE scene, where he was given the nickname “The Next Big Thing,” and it fit perfectly. Less than six months after his debut, Lesnar would go on to become the King of the Ring winner and become the youngest WWE Undisputed Title at SummerSlam in 2002 (a record that has since been broken).
He would go on and headline WrestleMania 19 that same year. All of this occurred during his rookie year. Lesnar would spend the next year almost always in the world title picture, and the fans were in awe at his ability to move around the ring so quickly for someone his size. He had all the abilities and backing of the company to be the star of the next decade.
Then in 2004, just two years after his debut, Lesnar suddenly quit the company, giving only a few notices. No reason was ever given why, but many speculate he was burnt out from being on the road 300-plus days a year.
After departing the WWE, he wrestled a few matches in Japan for two years and tried out unsuccessfully for the NFL.
He would later find success in the UFC when he joined in 2008, wining their heavyweight title that same year. Lesnar would lose the title, and after battling diverticulitis, a disease that causes the lining of the intestine severe pain, he retired at the end of 2011.
Just three months later, he shocked the wrestling world when he returned to the WWE after signing a one-year lucrative contract. This deal is rumored to have a limited number of dates and ends the night after WrestleMania 29.
So whether or not Lesnar signs an extension to his current contract remains to be seen. Here are five predictions on who he should wrestle and why at the grandest stage of them all in professional wrestling, WrestleMania 29.
The Rock speaks at the WrestleMania 29 press conference.
When The Rock left the WWE on a permanent basis, his final match was against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in 2002. On that night, The Rock lost the WWE Undisputed Title to Lesnar and passed the torch to the future at the same time.
The Rock has stated that he will wrestle at this year’s WrestleMania, and this could be the night he gets his revenge. The two only fought that one time, with Lesnar getting the better in a match that delivered.
This is an opportunity to have Lesnar lose the match and tie the series between them. This way, it leaves the door open for one final confrontation to see who the better wrestler is. Even if Lesnar does not sign an extension to his current contract, this match could make the WWE offer him one more match with a high pay rate.
The Undertaker can put his 20-0 streak up at WrestleMania against Lesnar.
At WrestleMania, The Undertaker is unstoppable with an unprecedented 20-0 record.
Nobody really expects the streak to be broken, so whoever fights him at WrestleMania means that said person is going to likely lose. If Lesnar is going to be gone after the show, then he should lose to The Undertaker and go out in a big match way. No point in breaking the streak if Lesnar will be gone after WrestleMania.
The past few WrestleManias have seen The Undertaker fight the same person, as there are so few on the roster who can fight him and make the audience think for a second he might lose.
These two have fought before (once in an unforgettable Hell in a Cell Match), with Lesnar winning all but one match. If The Undertaker wants to prove he is the better man, then he will have to put his streak on the line.
Randy Orton broke Lesnar's racord as the youngest champion in WWE history.
Randy Orton is destined to be the future of the WWE for many years to come. Before he broke the record for becoming the youngest world champion, Lesnar had that honor.
That right there is the storyline for this possible match. Ten years ago, they were both young and great talents. Today, they are better than their old selves, as they have matured in and out of the ring. Who really is the best between them? If Lesnar never left, would Orton have earned that honor?
Two men with a short temper and a natural ability to wrestle inside the ring can finally let the WWE audience know who the better man is today.
If Lesnar is going leave the WWE after WrestleMania, then perhaps the WWE should allow a younger talent to go over, as it would help catapult them into main event status. There are many up rising stars, so it is a tough selection. Go with Wade Barrett.
He has yet to win the big title, and by defeating Lesnar, it would certainly help push him in the direction to be a star. He is injured at the moment, but will be back in plenty of time for WrestleMania.
He has the size and just needs that one instance to make a move back into the main event picture. A win against Lesnar surely helps persuade the WWE audience that he is a threat. One wrestler leaves the company, and another is made a star for the foreseeable future.
Quinton Jackson vs. Brock Lesnar can bring in the MMA audience.
The WWE likes to add celebrities to the Wrestlemania card. It helps draw in more fans and strengthens their current fanbase. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has a name that draws from his movie work; plus, he is a current UFC fighter who at one time was a champion there.
His contract with the UFC is about to expire, so he could work against Lesnar, as he has expressed interest in joining professional wrestling. It would give the match that MMA feel to it, which would be refreshing. Jackson, just like Lesnar, is vocal, and these two could draw interest from two different fan bases.
Jackson doesn’t even have to be a well-polished wrestler. Seeing two former UFC champions in a WWE ring sells itself.