Brock Lesnar: WWE, UFC, Where Is the Best Place for Him?
After a very one-sided loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in late December, Brock Lesnar immediately retired from the UFC, stating that he promised his family he would had he lost the fight (per MMAMania.com).
The speculation began quickly about a return to the WWE, and on the April 2, 2012 edition of WWE RAW SuperShow, the night after WrestleMania XXVIII, that very thing occurred. The crowd was electric when they heard Lesnar's entrance music come on and they saw him make his first appearance on a WWE show in eight years.
Lesnar went into a feud with John Cena and a match was booked for WWE Extreme Rules. At that event, Lesnar brutalized Cena, living up to his claims to "legitimize" the WWE. Still, Cena won the match.
Following the loss, Lesnar engaged in a brawl with WWE chief operating officer Triple H after some of the demands in Lesnar's contract were not going to be met, according to "The Game." Lesnar took issue with this and attacked him, breaking his arm, according to the storyline, with a kimura lock.
Since then, Paul Heyman, one of Lesnar's real-life best friends, has appeared as the "voice" of Lesnar On May 7, 2012, Lesnar "quit" the WWE.
Since then, things have gotten interesting. Recently, Lesnar appeared at UFC 146, watching Junior dos Santos successfully defend the heavyweight title against Frank Mir. Following that event, reports surfaced that Lesnar met with UFC president Dana White about a possible return to the organization (via MMAfighting.com).
Now, word is spreading that WWE is less than thrilled about Lesnar's appearance for the mixed martial arts promotion.
So that begs the question, what will happen and what should happen?
According to PWInsider.com, Lesnar signed a limited contract with WWE over the course of a year where he would make sporadic appearances leading up to WrestleMania XXIX.
The rumored main event for SummerSlam has Lesnar facing Triple H according to WrestlingInc.com, but has this latest news thrown a wrench into that plan?
In the UFC, Lesnar had mixed success despite coming across as limited and one-dimensional. After dropping his first fight to Mir, he won four fights in a row and took the heavyweight title from legendary fighter Randy Couture. That four-fight win streak also included avenging the loss to Mir and handing Shane Carwin his first career defeat.
But after ugly, back-to-back losses to Cain Velasquez and then Overeem, it seemed a good idea for Lesnar to move on.
There's also the issue of the disease diverticulitis, which Lesnar had two bouts with and may have made him an easy target in the Octagon. The disease was very serious and who knows if Lesnar ever fought at 100 percent.
In WWE, Lesnar makes it clear that he's not there to make friends or win over the fans, something that rubs many the wrong way. Still, he's a tremendous draw for the company and giving into his contractual demands shows that they understand the situation.
Where is the best place for Brock Lesnar?
However, some consideration needs to be given to the fact that WWE had a former UFC heavyweight champion come in and lose to John Cena, who lost to a guy who isn't even a wrestler at the next pay-per-view event. Has WWE already botched the whole thing?
So, how will this chapter in the Lesnar story end? Personally, I feel he's better suited in WWE. He has been figured out in MMA. He is a sitting duck on the feet and he won't be able to compete with the likes of Dos Santos and Velasquez.
Sure, he can make a lot of money doing that but he can make more in WWE, even if the fighting isn't "real." And at the end of the day, that's likely the bottom line with Lesnar.
Perhaps Lesnar is playing both sides of this in order to get leverage in a future contract negotiation or just to grab some attention, that's always a possibility too.
Agree or disagree? Where do you feel is the best place for Lesnar?
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