7 Bold Predictions for Brock Lesnar's New WWE Contract
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Brock Lesnar is back in the WWE, and he's here to stay.
According to F4WOnline.com (via WrestlingInc.com), Lesnar recently signed a two-year contract extension with the company that will keep him around until 2015.
Lesnar originally signed a one-year deal that would keep in the WWE through WrestleMania 29, but his new contract means that he'll be a part-time performer for the WWE all the way through WrestleMania 31.
Though Lesnar will continue to work an extremely limited number of dates, his new deal means that the WWE has plenty of possible ways to use him over the next two-plus years.
So, just what can we expect out of Lesnar now that he's back in the WWE for the long haul?
Here are seven bold predictions for Brock Lesnar's new WWE contract.
7. He'll Hardly Be Around
OK, this one isn't very bold at all, but just because Brock Lesnar has signed a contract extension, we shouldn't expect to see him more often.
When he returned to the WWE back in April 2012, we thought that we'd be seeing a lot of him throughout the year.
But when 2012 concluded, it actually felt like we hardly saw him last year.
Lesnar was only around for about a month for a very brief feud with Cena and once again for a little more than a month during his rivalry with Triple H. That was it.
"The Next Big Thing" has perhaps the most unique contract in WWE history in that he likely gets paid a boatload of money for very few appearances throughout the year.
That's great for Lesnar, but no so great for the fans.
Although Lesnar has agreed to stick around for another two years, expect him to do what he's done for much of the last year: Hardly be around.
He'll show up from time to time, have one big match, leave, come back and repeat. Bank on it.
6. He Will 'Quit' the WWE at Least One More Time
When Brock Lesnar returned 10 months ago, we knew that the WWE was going to have to find ways to write him off of TV to explain his absence from storylines.
The creative team literally could have come up with a thousand different ways to do this. Instead, it had Lesnar leave the exact same way...twice.
In what was perhaps the most, um, uncreative booking "repeat" in recent memory, Lesnar quit the WWE two times in just a few months' span.
He first quit the WWE via a Paul Heyman promo after his match with John Cena at Extreme Rules. Then, he quit the WWE with an awful promo via Tout not long afterward.
You seriously have to wonder if this was a rib on Lesnar, who previously "quit" the WWE, the NFL and the UFC. But regardless, it was still a weak way to write him off of TV, largely because it happened not once but twice.
Here's the thing, though: it's going to happen again.
With Lesnar sticking around for another two years, that means he's likely going to have to be written off of TV another five or six times.
Don't be surprised to see the not-so-creative team have him "quit" the WWE a third and perhaps even fourth time. That's just the way it goes.
5. He Will Feud with CM Punk
Brock Lesnar is one of two notable "Paul Heyman guys" in the WWE, with the other one obviously being CM Punk.
Now that Lesnar has returned and Heyman is the manager of both superstars, the initial framework for a Lesnar/Punk feud is already being laid down.
And sooner or later, it's going to happen.
While the specifics remain to be seen, the fact that Lesnar and Punk are both Heyman's "clients" is reason enough for us to believe that these two mega-stars will feud at some point.
Punk already has his issues with Heyman after Heyman hired Brad Maddox and The Shield behind his back, while Lesnar has never been very good at playing nice with others.
There will come a time when tension arises between Heyman, Lesnar and Punk, and Heyman will leave one of these two stars in favor of the other.
In turn, that will ignite a highly anticipated rivalry between two of the biggest names in pro wrestling, one that hardcore fans have been dying to see ever since Lesnar re-signed with the WWE.
While it may not happen at WrestleMania 29 or even in 2013, the WWE has plenty of time to make the dream match of Punk vs. Lesnar happen.
And guess what? It will.
4. He Will Win the Royal Rumble
The WWE clearly has no reservations about putting part-timers in the spotlight on the road to WrestleMania.
That was evidenced last year when WrestleMania's top two matches, The Undertaker vs. Triple H and The Rock vs. John Cena, featured three part-timers who disappeared as soon as the WrestleMania dust had settled.
It's also been evidenced this year, with The Rock winning the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble and the recent returns of two part-timers in both Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho.
The message that the WWE is sending here is that it doesn't matter if a guy is a part-timer. If he draws, the company will do whatever it takes to put that guy at the forefront of its top angles.
That includes having a part-timer win the Royal Rumble match.
While some fans would blow a gasket if a part-time attraction won one of the most important matches of the year, it honestly shouldn't come as a surprise if it happens.
This is the same company that just put the title on The Rock.
Its next bold move? To have Lesnar win the Royal Rumble and go on to compete for a World title at WrestleMania, whether that be in 2014 or 2015.
3. He Will Wrestle a TV Match
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The Rock has been on WWE TV on-and-off for two years now.
Yet, he hasn't wrestled a TV match yet, and even though he's now the WWE Champion, it doesn't seem like that will change.
But it might be a different story with Brock Lesnar.
While some think it would be crazy to have Lesnar wrestle on TV, the bottom line is that he's not a great talker like The Rock so he can't just show up and cut a promo or put on a "Rock concert" to build up a feud.
Lesnar is a self-proclaimed ass-kicker, and ass kickers don't talk. They beat people up.
Although Lesnar could do that outside of the confines of a match, imagine how huge it would be for him to wrestle in the main event of Monday Night Raw.
There are any number of ways the WWE could pull this off. Creative could put him in a tag team match with Punk and have him do very little work, he could be forced into a quick squash match by Vickie Guerrero, etc.
If the Raw ratings slide to an abysmal number, the WWE will want to do something major to pop the rating.
And nothing would be more major than seeing Lesnar wrestle a TV match for the first time in roughly a decade.
2. He Will Turn Babyface at Some Point
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Brock Lesnar is under contract with the WWE through WrestleMania 31 in 2015.
That's a really long time from now.
Although Lesnar is great in his current role as an indestructible heel, you have to wonder if the fact that he's going to be around for another two years will make the WWE want to change that.
Because he's a part-timer and will rarely appear on TV or wrestle, the WWE can certainly get away with keeping Lesnar heel.
At the same time, Lesnar is one of the most popular stars in all of pro wrestling and one of its biggest attractions, so the WWE will likely consider turning him face, especially if he feuds with Punk, who is better off as a long-term heel.
In 2012, we saw Jericho return for a short heel run before turning babyface. In 2013 or 2014, we might see something similar happen with Lesnar.
Lesnar is a lot like Randy Orton in that he can act like a heel and still get cheered, so not much would have to change on his end.
The only real differences would be who he's feuding with and how the crowd is reacting to him. Lesnar himself would hardly have to alter anything.
While I'm not necessarily advocating a face turn, I simply think it will happen at some point because of how long Lesnar is set to stick around.
1. He Will Win a World Title
Two years ago, The Rock returned to host WrestleMania 27. Today, he's the WWE Champion.
If The Rock's rise back to the top of the WWE has taught us anything, it's that truly anything is possible when it comes to the WWE's use of its part-time performers.
The Rock is set to headline his second straight WrestleMania and is the WWE Champion, Chris Jericho feuded for the WWE Championship for several months last year, and The Undertaker has been in huge Mania matches for years despite being a part-timer.
Would it really be a shock to see another part-timer feud for and win a World title? Absolutely not.
Now that Brock Lesnar is back in the WWE for the long haul, it's almost a lock that he will win a World title at some point.
After all, The Rock was essentially handed a WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble this year without even having to win a No. 1 contender's match.
Don't be surprised to see the same happen with Lesnar.
With Lesnar known for being a big ratings and PPV draw, it makes sense business-wise to put him in the biggest matches possible, and nothing is bigger than Lesnar competing for a World title.
He'll do just that at some point over the next few years, and he'll end at least one PPV as either the WWE or World Heavyweight Champion.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!