OK, so Brock Lesnar hasn't exactly turned WWE business around since he returned to the company in the spring of last year. (Having him lose his first match back clean, to John Cena at Backlash, probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, for sure.)
But he has delivered a few good buyrates; as PWInsider noted, his bout with Triple H at Summerslam drew a great number. And, he's an undisputed star, something which the company is desperately lacking these days.
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer gives an update on the future of the former MMA star, noting he has been offered a new big-money deal, similar to the one he snagged in WWE:
Lesnar was offered a new deal and they want him locked up for another year before planning Mania. The deal he’s offered was believed to be similar terms of the first deal, which is a ton of money, as in several million dollars, for a few major PPV events and the television shows building up those events. He hasn’t signed and probably won’t sign any time soon because that’s just Lesnar and he’s going to negotiate it until the end.
As far as a future Lesnar/Undertaker match goes, Meltzer goes on to cast doubt over the possibility that the bout will ever come to fruition, noting: "It’s been expressed to me that Undertaker is really hurting bad and Lesnar works a very physical style, so they are very leery of ever doing that match."
Yes, all those fantastic MOTY candidates with Shawn Michaels and Triple H over the years look to have taken their toll on the "The Deadman."
This will undoubtedly be unwelcome news for the many fans who have been eager to see Lesnar/Undertaker ever since the two had a highly watched staredown at UFC 121 following Lesnar's loss to Cain Velasquez.
Indeed, in an industry in which there are few "must-see" matches left, a Lesnar/Undertaker WM bout remains a compelling prospect.