Brock Lesnar joined the most exclusive club in professional wrestling at WrestleMania XXX when he became the first person to defeat The Undertaker on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
The result was perhaps the biggest surprise in WWE history, and it has left many fans questioning whether it was the right decision. Even if it wasn't, WWE now has a golden opportunity to take Lesnar to unseen heights.
As seen in this Vine courtesy of WWE's official Twitter account, the Superdome was stunned when Lesnar blemished The Undertaker's record to the tune of 21-1:
While The Beast Incarnate was already an all-time great prior to WrestleMania XXX, he now finds himself on a totally different level. The worst thing that WWE creative can do is squander Lesnar's momentum by having him revert to his previous form.
As entertaining as Lesnar has been since his return to WWE, he has lost matches to the likes of Triple H and John Cena. He hasn't been built as an indestructible monster, but WWE now has an opportunity to make him precisely that.
Lesnar may be the most hated man in wrestling after ending the streak, and that is something that must be capitalized on. Here are three potential storylines that should be considered for The Conqueror after he made history at WrestleMania XXX.
Long-Term Angle with Daniel Bryan
Lesnar is now viewed as the most unstoppable force in professional wrestling after doing the impossible. Who better to challenge him than the ultimate underdog in the form of Daniel Bryan? WrestleMania XXX will always be remembered for the end of the streak, but there is no question that it was Bryan's night.
In addition to defeating Triple H cleanly, Bryan beat both Randy Orton and Batista to become WWE World Heavyweight champion at the end of the night. Bryan has overcome the odds in impressive fashion to reach the pinnacle of WWE, and it seems likely that Triple H, Orton and Batista will continue to be thorns in his side in the coming months.
Assuming he is able to get past them, Bryan will need an intriguing SummerSlam opponent. Enter Lesnar, who had his sights set on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship prior to be being challenged by The Deadman. It is only natural that he'll resume that pursuit eventually, and he happens to be the perfect foil to Bryan.
Although there are no guarantees at this point, it seems likely that Lesnar will step away until SummerSlam. There was no indication given on Raw that he was poised to enter into an immediate feud, so it could be quite some time before Lesnar returns.
When he does, there is no question that Paul Heyman will remind everyone that Lesnar is "the one" in 21-1. As pointed out by legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross, Heyman's presence will be enough to keep Lesnar relevant even if he takes time off:
Assuming Lesnar faces Bryan at SummerSlam, Lesnar would have to pick up the victory or else ending the streak would have all been for naught. In a perfect world, Lesnar would then hold the title until WrestleMania XXXI. The big roadblock standing in the way of that is Lesnar's schedule, but nobody besides Lesnar, Heyman and a select few within WWE knows what his contract entails.
Lesnar could appear biweekly and work pay-per-views, so he wouldn't be saddled with a full-time schedule, but he would show up enough to appease the fans. Lesnar would presumably go on an absolute tear after beating Bryan, and Bryan would then win the Royal Rumble just like he should have this year.
That would set up another huge encounter between Lesnar and the underdog Bryan, with Bryan getting another WrestleMania moment by upending the man who beat the streak. That would be one more huge step toward Bryan being "the guy" in WWE, and Lesnar would be doing the company a huge service.
Even though Bryan isn't the one who ended the streak, it would almost feel as though he had a hand in it if he were to beat Lesnar at WrestleMania. It may seem far-fetched to think that WWE would have Lesnar carry the strap for that long, but a little creativity could make for one of the best angles in recent memory.
Heyman Guy Tension with Cesaro
With Lesnar potentially leaving the spotlight for a couple months, WWE needed to figure out a way to keep the brilliant Heyman in the fold. That was accomplished on Raw when Cesaro announced that he was Heyman's newest client:
I'm a #HeymanGuy— Cesaro (@WWECesaro) April 8, 2014
It was inevitable that Cesaro would break away from The Real Americans after WrestleMania XXX. Zeb Colter berated him and Jack Swagger attacked him, so Cesaro proceeded to swing Swagger. He then won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal later in the night by bodyslamming Big Show over the top rope. Cesaro has all the momentum in the world, and putting him with Heyman ensures that he will be an important part of WWE programming.
There is one glaring issue when it comes to the partnership between Cesaro and Heyman, though. The fans absolutely love Cesaro now, and he is essentially a face. There are fans who love Heyman as well, but he is very much a heel from a storyline sense. Just one hour prior to taking on Cesaro as his new client, Heyman cut a scathing promo against The Undertaker and his fans.
It's a strange dichotomy that defies logic in a lot of ways, and there is no doubt that it will be interesting to see how the creative team handles it. Cesaro seems destined to be a mega face no matter what, and that can potentially be achieved by putting him into a program with Lesnar.
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Cesaro is a huge threat to win Money in the Bank in June, and if Lesnar beats Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, then Heyman will have quite the conundrum on his hands.
Being a face-leaning character, Cesaro could announce his intention to cash in on Lesnar ahead of time, much to the chagrin of Heyman. That would lead to an advertised pay-per-view match for the title between Cesaro and Lesnar at some point after SummerSlam, whether it's Survivor Series, Royal Rumble or anything in between.
Cesaro would lose the match, but he would swing, uppercut and neutralize Lesnar to the limit. This will garner Cesaro a huge amount of fan support and lead to his breakup from Heyman. Cesaro will be firmly established as a top star at that point, so he'll be ready to go off on his own.
Also, even though Lesnar would get the victory, he would effectively make another star in the process.
WrestleMania XXXI Feud with The Rock
The WWE Universe loves to speculate on the following WrestleMania as soon as one comes to an end. That is once again the case this year, and it was true following WrestleMania XXIX as well. Following The Rock's loss to John Cena, fans wondered what The Rock's role might be at WrestleMania XXX.
Plans were thrown for a loop after The Rock got injured during his match with Cena, but a Rock vs. Brock feud and match was potentially in place. According to a tweet from The Rock, that was the original plan:
Between Vince, Brock & myself our Wrestlemania 30 plan was ROCK vs BROCK. No plans now for 30 but possibly WM 31. #RockTalk @_JordanMayoral— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 31, 2013
With that in mind, it is entirely possible that it will be revisited for WrestleMania XXXI. If The Rock is interested in competing, then there is no question that WWE will welcome him back with open arms. The Rock and Lesnar have done battle before, but a rematch would still sell in a very big way.
Also, Lesnar has been on The Rock's mind lately. In a recent interview, The Rock put Lesnar over in a big way regarding his UFC career, per UFC Fight Pass (via Wrestling Inc).
I was very proud of (Lesnar) when he became the UFC champion, what an incredible, incredible ascension. I don't know if anyone will ever accomplish what he's accomplished in the heavyweight division in that short amount of time. Had it not been for the unfortunate issue that he had to deal with with his stomach, who knows what could have happened if he continued to train and continued to hone in on his skills.
The great part about a Rock vs. Lesnar feud and match is that WWE could do almost anything with it. Fans would eat it up with or without the title involved, and it would be easy to buy either Superstar as a potential winner.
Also, there wouldn't be any hurt feelings involved among the fans since both The Rock and Lesnar are part-time wrestlers. If the plan isn't for Lesnar to appear semiregularly from SummerSlam and beyond, then a feud with The Rock is probably the easiest and most logical thing that WWE can come up with.
Aside from Bryan, Lesnar is the hottest commodity in wrestling right now, and it is up to the WWE writers to make sure that his win over The Undertaker is milked for all it's worth.
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