After several months away from the ring, former WWE and UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returned to WWE programming at the Dec. 30 episode of Monday Night Raw with Triple H in the ring.
The WWE's Twitter account welcomed him back:
The WWE Universe Twitter account noted an odd occurrence when Lesnar stepped into the ring:
He was accompanied by manager Paul Heyman, who predictably did almost all of the talking. Lesnar made it clear he has his sights on the WWE Championship. Eventually, Mark Henry emerged and an intense battle ensued. Lesnar speared Henry through a barricade and landed an F5.
WrestleZone.com noted how powerful Lesnar looked:
Lesnar was last seen at SummerSlam when he defeated CM Punk in a no-disqualification match that was heralded as one of the best of the year. He was written off TV after that event, but his mouthpiece Paul Heyman continued the angle against Punk.
Rehashing the storyline between Lesnar and Punk is not out of the realm of possibility.
There had been talk recently about a possible return to the UFC, according to Steven Marrocco and Rick Lee of MMAJunkie.com, but Lesnar’s return to the WWE proves that was nothing more than wild speculation.
While there is no questioning Lesnar’s dominance in MMA when he was healthy, a serious battle with diverticulitis and Father Time—he is currently 36 years old—made it clear that another run in the WWE would be the safest and smartest career move.
Lesnar will not be coming back to television for a vacation, though; the beast will be looking for blood.
As one of the best all-around workers in the company, he has the ability to get a great match out of every star he steps in the ring with. While many outspoken fans have come to hate the infusion of MMA moves into his arsenal, Lesnar is playing off of the real-life success he had in the UFC.
Instead of ignoring his past, WWE is smart to build off of his strengths and make his character look stronger than ever. Whether it was his matches with Punk, Triple H or even John Cena, Lesnar has proven time and time again just how valuable he is to the company.
The hope now is that Heyman is back alongside Lesnar full time.
As great as Lesnar is as a bona fide monster, his skills on the mic leave much to be desired. Heyman has acted as his mouthpiece on and off for over a decade, and the combination is one of the most memorable in wrestling history.
Why fix what isn’t broken?
No matter who is speaking for Lesnar or which Superstars will feel the wrath of the F5 during his time back, the return of the former champion is a clear indication that the road to WrestleMania XXX is underway.
The WWE goes all in on the biggest show of the year, and the 30th edition of WrestleMania will be the largest celebration yet. With the built-in star power of a mainstream attraction like Lesnar, adding him to the most important event of 2014 is a no-brainer.
Expect big things from Lesnar during this run.
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