Veterans returning for another shy at the elusive spotlight is not an extremely novel concept when it comes to professional wrestling. Every retired superstar is tempted at some point in his retirement to grab that easy paycheck by just basking on previously established credentials.
Others are forcefully shoved back into the ring to fulfill the fans' demands and engulf WWE's flaws.
Superstars like The Rock, Chris Jericho, Triple H, Undertaker, Rob Van Dam and Booker T have all been called upon from time to time, some of them even taking major PPV main event spots.
Another highly publicized star in that list is WWE's part-time beast Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar's lucrative return to WWE, in retrospect, has been decent. Throw into perspective the cost of every appearance he makes and then the number of appearances itself, and relatively speaking, it's been a slightly below average run—and that's with me judging with a generous mood.
His first feud with John Cena was by far his best, and that was back when he didn't have Paul Heyman enacting the vicious Mouth of the Beast. The match itself was brutal and highly refreshing, even if it did have a disappointing finish for many.
His matches and feuds with Triple H, however, were extremely poor for the hype and importance they were given. The entire feud was dragged out with nothing exceptional in the ring.
Lesnar's limited appearances also bring out a need to build up his credibility whenever he's back. Due to the large gaps between his appearances, nine out of 10 times he is summoned to RAW just to viciously demolish a wrestler using steel steps and an F-5.
I'm not against his style of demolition, but there comes a point when watching the same thing again and again becomes boring. It's called monotony, something Ryback was an expert on during his jobber-squashing phase.
It's also hard to take Heyman's words seriously when The Beast Incarnate has suffered clean losses to both Cena and Triple H in his only two feuds so far. A monster which just appears, puts on an average match and disappears again is detrimental in all fields.
Had WWE put that same energy and effort into maintaining The World's Strongest Man Mark Henry's (who is much better in cutting promos) momentum, we would have another compelling character in today's WWE.
Not just Henry, if the same importance is given to any superstar with talent, another top face or heel could emerge.
Daniel Bryan rose to prominence in those couple of months when CM Punk was resting and the World Heavyweight Champion was injured.
My major point here is not that Lesnar is doing a bad job. He brings in a certain thrill with every appearance, but here's what I believe—it's not unique. Any other huge superstar booked like a monster can provide the same elements of excitement.
A superstar like Big E Langston could portray a wonderful beast heel role, and he also eliminates the necessity to rebuild his momentum and relevancy in every appearance. Having a powerful main-eventer that appears more than 20 times a year has got to be a better option.
There is absolutely no problem with part-timers making special appearances and wrestling a match here and there. There is a problem with part-timers regularly making the cut to the main event and then vanishing.
Add in the problem of those special matches not being close to even great, and you have a real problem. The Rock was criticized for the same, and now, it's Lesnar's time.
Thanks for the read all, and don't go overboard with the hate. Much love.
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