Brock Lesnar Makes His Dramatic Return to WWE on Monday Night Raw

Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Brock Lesnar after being defeated by Alistair Overeem (not pictured) during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

Just in time for WrestleMania season, Brock Lesnar has returned to WWE.

He came back on Monday Night Raw the night after the 2013 Royal Rumble to prevent Paul Heyman from being fired by Vince McMahon. Lesnar hit the chairman of the board with the F-5 to end the show.

It was on the night after WrestleMania XXVIII that Lesnar ended his eight-year WWE hiatus. He blew the roof off the American Airlines Arena when he hit John Cena with the F-5.

That led to a feud between the two, which eventually culminated in one of the most physical matches in years at Extreme Rules 2012. Cena picked up the victory with an Attitude Adjustment after hitting Lesnar with a chain.

It was because of Lesnar that Paul Heyman also returned to the company. Reprising the role he served earlier in Lesnar's career, Heyman acted as the mouthpiece while Lesnar was feuding with Triple H over contract demands.

Lesnar hasn't been seen in the company since his last match in the company was a win over Triple H at SummerSlam 2012. Lesnar then sent out a Tout to retire from the company for good.

As in almost every wrestling retirement, it wouldn't prove to be the last time wrestling fans would see Lesnar in a WWE ring.

The reality of the situation is that Lesnar's contract only required him to make a few appearances throughout the duration of his one-year contract (h/t Ryan Drew of Yahoo! Sports).

The upcoming WrestleMania likely won't be the end for Lesnar in WWE, either. According to PWInsider, he signed a two-year extension to stay with the company (h/t WrestlingInc.com).

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