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.