It has been nearly four months since Brock Lesnar has been seen in the WWE, ever since he claimed he had conquered everything following his victory at SummerSlam over Triple H. Still, it's pretty much a lock that he will be a part of WrestleMania 29 in April.
It goes without saying that Lesnar will appear in one of the marquee matches at the biggest event of the year, so the number of opponents he could face are limited. PWMania.com (via F4Wonline.com) reported that his likely opponent will be Triple H in a rematch.
It remains to be seen if that will be Lesnar's last date with the company, but whether it is or not, a rematch with Triple H is not a good idea.
Why? Lesnar has only faced two opponents since he returned. One of them he lost to and the other was Triple H. The WWE should be trying to get the most they can out of Lesnar, and in order to do that, he needs a variety of opponents. Aside from that, a rematch with Triple H would leave the result fairly obvious. Does anyone think "The Game" would lose twice to Lesnar?
Aside from Triple H, who might WWE consider putting Lesnar in the ring with? Here are a few options:
The Undertaker hasn't competed since last WrestleMania, but if he's on the card this year, he'll immediately be in one of the most important matches due to his winning streak, which now sits at 20.
A match with Lesnar would be good because, despite being 20-0, The Undertaker may actually look like the underdog going into it, especially considering his history with Lesnar. Perhaps no one has ever dominated The Undertaker the way Lesnar did in October 2002 at No Mercy inside Hell in a Cell.
The two men also had a short confrontation at UFC 121 following Lesnar's loss to Cain Velasquez. After that, rumors swirled that the two men would square off at WrestleMania 27 that year.
A match with Lesnar would be a stiff challenge for The Undertaker, but it's not likely to happen due to the physical condition the dead man is in these days, coupled with the fact that Lesnar probably wouldn't put on the best possible match with him.
The Rock will take part in WrestleMania 29 and may even go into it as WWE champion. If he does, that would likely eliminate any chance of a Rock-Lesnar match because it's hard to imagine WWE having two men that make just a few appearances per year in their main match at their biggest event.
However, if The Rock is not the champion, this match makes a lot of sense. Lesnar defeated him back in 2002 at SummerSlam to win the WWE title, a loss The Rock never had the chance to avenge. Fans would be interested in this match because it is one WWE could heavily promote around the fact that both men have become hugely successful outside of WWE.
There's always the possibility of a rematch with John Cena, who defeated Lesnar at Extreme Rules in April shortly after he returned. Much like the rematch with Triple H, there's no need to do this match again when there are plenty of other superstars for Brock to face. Unlike a rematch with Triple H, the outcome would be a little more difficult to figure.
But it is WrestleMania, and that means that Cena will likely be in the title picture or in a rematch of a different sort—one with The Rock.
This would be a bit of a long shot, but who wouldn't want to see it? Ryback has ran roughshod over the competition since debuting with the company, but has never faced anyone like Lesnar. This would be an encounter of epic proportions and would likely be one of the hardest-hitting contests in WrestleMania history.
This would be an interesting match due to the fact that both men started their WWE careers around roughly the same time. It would also be a chance for Orton to re-assert himself as one of top superstars in the company as he has been out of the main-event scene for some time now.
When Lesnar defeated The Rock for the WWE title, he became the youngest man ever to win it. The man who ended up doing it at a younger age, erasing Lesnar from the record books? Orton.
Sheamus would be about the only other current Superstar on the roster who would make sense for a WrestleMania match with Lesnar. He's a top-level guy who has been in the world title scene all year.
The match would have to be set up well in order for people to invest in it, but that could be done. How would Lesnar fare against the Brogue Kick? Could Sheamus survive the F-5? It would be interesting to find out.
The coming weeks and months of WWE television should start to tell us the direction that WWE may go in, especially since the Royal Rumble is usually considered the kickoff to WrestleMania season.
They will go with the match they feel makes the most sense and will make them the most money, but there seems to be better options than a rematch with Triple H, a match fans have seen and would likely not be terribly interested in since it would be largely predictable.