For the vast majority of his time in the WWE, Brock Lesnar has been flanked by Paul Heyman. The partnership has been incredibly fruitful for both men, but when Lesnar makes his inevitable return to the company in the coming weeks, it should be as a lone wolf without the services of Heyman.
When Lesnar "quit" the WWE following his win over Triple H at SummerSlam, every fan realized that it was just a ploy to save his dates and get him off television. After all, it's common knowledge that Lesnar has a one-year contract with the WWE. With his face all over WrestleMania XXIX promotional pieces, his return is only a matter of time.
Most are expecting Lesnar to join forces with Heyman and CM Punk, and while that would certainly make sense, I'd prefer if it didn't happen. Punk and Heyman have developed into quite the team over the past several months, and there is no reason to interrupt it. Lesnar would come off looking like a third wheel and that isn't fair to him either.
Lesnar main-evented both Extreme Rules and SummerSlam this year, and the buy rates were up significantly for both pay-per-views. There is no denying the fact that he is a major draw. Rather than having him play second fiddle to Punk, Lesnar should be allowed to go off on his own without the help of Heyman or anyone else.
That could pose an issue, since Lesnar has proven that he needs Heyman for promos, but there are ways to circumvent that. The ideal situation for Lesnar when he returns is to engage in a feud with Ryback that culminates at WrestleMania XXIX. It would be a battle between two of the most monstrous competitors in WWE history and the talking could be kept to a minimum.
There are a number of ways to kick start such a feud, but the best option is to plant the seeds at TLC.
Punk will defend his WWE title against Ryback in a TLC match, and like in his previous encounters with Ryback, Punk will need help to retain the title.
That is where Lesnar comes in. He can lay out Ryback with an F-5.
The WWE Universe will then be under the impression that Lesnar returned to help Punk and Heyman, but he can instead explain on the following Raw that he decided to come back for himself and nobody else.
He can talk about how he's sick and tired of Ryback being anointed the next big thing by the fans and that he's back to prove that he's the only one deserving of that moniker.
That scenario would incorporate the best of all worlds, as it would initially tease him reuniting with Heyman, but it would ultimately allow him to go off on his own while maintaining his heel status. It would also provide an easy transition for Ryback from WWE title contention to a long-term feud with Lesnar.
It would be the ideal situation for all involved, including Punk and Heyman, as they can focus on The Rock without Lesnar looming in the background.
Should Brock Lesnar return to WWE on his own?
Lesnar and Ryback are similar in a lot of ways, and that is something that should be highlighted if they do end up feuding. It would be great to see them stand face to face in the Royal Rumble match, with the rest of the competitors parting like the Red Sea. They can go blow for blow and eliminate each other, resulting in a huge brawl outside the ring.
That would set the stage for a WrestleMania match. It would also generate a ton of interest for the feud leading up to it. Ryback has developed into one of the WWE's most popular stars over the past couple of months, despite the fact that he barely says a word aside from "feed me more." The same can be said for Lesnar, as he has accomplished a ton even without impressive mic skills.
Lesnar vs. Ryback needs to be about a feud between two physical freaks who want to prove that they're the king of the jungle. If that is the case, then Lesnar really has no use for Heyman. Also, Heyman has bigger fish to fry with Punk facing The Rock at the Royal Rumble, and with any number of potential opponents at WrestleMania, including The Rock, Cena, The Undertaker or perhaps even "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Both Lesnar and Punk are huge stars, but their respective links to Heyman shouldn't stifle them. Punk and Heyman are still fresh, so that partnership should continue, but Lesnar and Heyman have done everything possible together. There is nothing left for them to prove as a unit and it would be far more interesting to see Lesnar resurface with his own agenda.