WWE: What Was the Right Way to Handle Brock Lesnar?
My God, what a disaster this Brock Lesnar return has been so far.
The night after WrestleMania, Lesnar returned to one of the most deafening ovations in WWE in the past decade. The mainstream media was buzzing, ratings popped and WWE seemed poised to have a huge main event between Lesnar and John Cena.
Then they flushed the entire thing down the toilet.
Brock was is a monster. Not just in the fictional world of professional wrestling but in the legitimate sports world as well. A former UFC world heavyweight champion, Lesnar has the mainstream credibility that Vince McMahon wishes all of his workers had.
So what do they do? They book Lesnar against Cena at Extreme Rules and have him lose, clean as a sheet, in the middle of the ring. That sound you heard right after the match was the money McMahon flushed down the crapper after the booking decision.
So what should have happened?
Lesnar should have destroyed Cena. Bloodied, beat and dismantled him as the announcers stated with shock that they've never seen someone as dominant as Brock. At this point in his career, it doesn't matter if Cena loses any matches, so the loss wouldn't hurt him at all, it would only rally the 12-year-olds around him further.
So Lesnar puts Cena on the shelf and tells everyone he's not going to stop until he destroys everyone because no one is in his league. Heels should cower from him, babyfaces who stand up to him should be destroyed, no one should be untouched.
And why should Brock be running through people? Because Brock Lesnar draws money and no one in WWE does that anymore.
Next, Triple H comes out of semi-retirement and steps up to the plate to stop Lesnar. Paul Heyman requests two months for Brock to train since he's a "real" athlete now and that keeps Lesnar off TV (except for taped training segments) for a few weeks.
So Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar rolls around and again, Lesnar seems unstoppable. Triple H at his advanced age just can't keep up with the younger Lesnar and Brock makes him tap out, sending Hunter back to the corporate offices and leaving WWE wondering who is going to stop the former MMA champion.
After defeating Triple H, Brock stands victorious in the ring the next night and proclaims that he is the phenom of professional wrestling, that no one can stop him...and the lights go out. The Undertaker makes his return to WWE television and simply gives his throat-cutting gesture.
Now here's a very important difference between Brock and everyone else Taker challenges. Instead of peeing his pants and acting afraid, Lesnar only smiles and acts more cocky. Have Lesnar (or Paul Heyman) totally no-sell Taker's dead man gimmick. Lesnar can call Undertaker old, washed up and a product of the old generation. The most important thing of all is that Brock Lesnar never once acts afraid of the Undertaker.
Now you could go two different paths from here: You could book the Brock Lesnar vs. Taker match at WrestleMania and go with the obvious ending or you could book it at the Royal Rumble and have Lesnar (barely) defeat The Undertaker.
Now there's no one left in WWE who the fans believe can stop Brock. Lesnar comes out the next night and proclaims himself the best wrestler in WWE history and the biggest star this company has ever produced.
And then, the glass breaks.
Steve Austin storms the ring and doesn't say a word, he just delivers a Stone Cold Stunner and flips Lesnar off as the crowd goes nuts. Suddenly, you have a WrestleMania main event that people would not hesitate to shell out $60 to see.
Is this plan perfect? Absolutely not. But it's a hell of a lot better than what WWE has done with Lesnar so far. It sticks to proven booking strategies that have worked for decades and treats Brock Lesnar like the monster that he actually is, not as some "quitter."
With the booking of Brock so far, it makes you think that Vince McMahon only brought back Lesnar to job to all his "stars" to repay Brock for walking out on him all those years ago. It's self-serving, it's egotistical and it's stupid. Vince was handed the former UFC champion on a silver platter and he screwed it all up.
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