It is difficult to assess what the Brock Lesnar return means to WWE versus what it could have meant. Nobody expected Brock Lesnar to work full-time, but most suspected WWE to get a better deal than what they seem to have received.
Brock Lesnar made an impact when he returned to WWE and smashed John Cena. However, with gaps this large between his matches, I do wonder what it benefits overall.
Of course, like The Rock before him, WWE officials seem most interested in what they can get from these guys at the biggest PPV of the year—WrestleMania.
With that in mind, what is the top matchup for WWE to best utilize Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29?
What wrestling fan doesn’t remember that moment at UFC 121 when the Undertaker turned to Brock Lesnar and asked, You wanna do it?
It was the four words that set multiple medias ablaze with conversation. Was it a work? Was it a shoot? Could WWE and UFC be working together? Would there be a time when Brock Lesnar would actually work a WWE match again?
As it happens in online chatter, the more the answer seems to be no the more cynical people become. I remember an answer many settled on to be WWE was trying to get attention and Brock Lesnar would never work for WWE again.
Then Brock Lesnar returned to WWE; then he left again.
And the question still lingers, Does Brock Lesnar want to mix it up with the Undertaker?
If they were to fight at WrestleMania, it would add even more prestige to the Undertaker’s streak, and it would also be a strong break from what the Dead Man has been doing the last four years.
In wrestling Shawn Michaels and Triple H, the Undertaker was working with men who cared a great deal about legacy (as they were working on their own in those moments). He was wrestling company men, lifers.
None of that is true with Brock Lesnar.
It would be refreshing to see the Undertaker face a man who, if he doesn’t greatly love and respect the WWE, certainly can’t care a great deal about some guy’s WrestleMania streak.
What a difference if Brock Lesnar targeted the streak, not for his own glory of making WWE history, but simply because he could. What a difference, after all this time and hype, if the Undertaker faced one who couldn’t care less about how many matches he’s won.
This thing would break down into a fight like we’ve not seen from the Undertaker in years. It would become a fight that I’m not sure the Undertaker has the reserves to withstand.
Luckily, the Undertaker, when taking breaks from being dead, has worked brawling and submissions into his style.
The hype around these men after the Undertaker confronted Brock Lesnar was enormous. Yet, I believe the match would still surpass the hype.
The main reason I decided to write this piece was to promote the need to have a Brock Lesnar-CM Punk matchup. But, in the process of writing, it slipped to No. 2 on the WrestleMania list.
I would have actually preferred a Brock Lesnar-CM Punk match sooner than later (SummerSlam or Survivor Series).
The reasons are twofold.
It would give CM Punk the opportunity to close a major PPV as heavyweight champion and really give him the opportunity to prove he is not only good enough to hold the belt, but he is good enough to main event.
Many remember a world where the first automatically proved the second, but that does not seem to be the world in which we live right now.
CM Punk, like John Cena, loves to represent the WWE. I do believe he would take great pride in ripping Brock Lesnar a new one on his lack of appreciation for what WWE did for the big man. I believe his promos would be sharp, witty, and on-point.
But they also would be tested.
Which brings me to the second reason I want a Brock Lesnar-CM Punk matchup.
Let me be perfectly honest: I want a CM Punk-Paul Heyman showdown more than I want a CM Punk-Brock Lesnar matchup.
If you follow CM Punk on Twitter, you know how often he references Paul Heyman.
It is clear he wants to have this showdown as much as diehard fans want to see it.
I think this type of desire is often lost on Vince McMahon. He likes all his wrestlers to care enough about whatever they are given to do, but not a great deal more.
But there are some wrestlers who will always have specific wishes and will do better when those wishes are sometimes granted.
CM Punk is one of them.
We know he campaigns for what he wants, and I believe he wants a showdown with Paul Heyman like he wants a WWE Ice Cream Bar.
I say book it.
Hell, you could book a 20-minute promo showdown between CM Punk and Paul Heyman for PPV, and I would be more likely to buy it than some of the recent WWE PPV main events.
I don’t know what goes through the minds of WWE officials, but I want to play out the most ironic possible scenario.
The Rock is Undisputed Champion, but his star is shining brighter in Hollywood.
We’ve got to replace him. We’ve got to find someone younger, hotter, who will carry the load for WWE for decades to come. This man will love the sport and represent it in this new era. How ‘bout Brock Lesnar?
Perhaps it didn’t happen quite like that, but it is amazing to think that the two men who locked up at SummerSlam so many years ago would both leave to do big things elsewhere and then return at precisely the same time with similar contracts.
Yet, in their returns, they advocated two entirely different things.
The Rock campaigned heavily that he was still a part of WWE; that he still loved WWE; that he would always be a part and love the WWE.
Brock Lesnar continues his I just want a payday and wrestling is sort of beneath me ways.
Not only would this match attract the kind of attention that WWE wants and needs for WrestleMania, but there is something in me that believes the Rock would give Brock Lesnar a beating that fans would talk about for years.
I think, in my gut, the Rock would like to have this one. The crowd reaction, I’m sure, would be far different than their match at SummerSlam.
Plus, in booking this match, in placing it No. 1, it is with this asterisk: It's based on CM Punk facing Steve Austin. I believe a match with Steve Austin would do more for CM Punk than anything Brock Lesnar could do for him.
And we can argue who should face the Undertaker, but I’d still love to see it be John Cena. Cena fans would assume and believe that surely John Cena would break the streak, and Cena haters would be scared to death that WWE would grant that. Everyone would be on the edge of their seats, half the crowd for one reason and half for another.
And the Rock and Brock Lesnar would not only attract a ton of outside attention, but, again, I just believe the Rock would like to have his way with Brock Lesnar.
And while I wonder if Brock Lesnar believe he owes anybody anything, if ever there was a man he owes, it would be the Rock.