Brock Lesnar and The WWE: 5 Reasons Why a One-Time Return Would Do Wonders
Obviously the hottest story in MMA is Brock Lesnar's loss to Cain Velasquez, which now means a new UFC Heavyweight Champion. However, after the fight, things got really interesting.
During an interview with The Undertaker (WWE Superstar), Lesnar walked by and Taker and The Deadman asked, "So you wanna do it?" It seemed like the question heard 'round the world as it put both the MMA and Wrestling world in a buzz.
Now, we have been awaiting a Lesnar decision. Obviously he is still under UFC Contract, which means Dana White, the UFC President, would have to allow Lesnar to face off with The Phenom. However, that doesn't mean Lesnar couldn't return in a non-wrestling role.
Loopholes, people, gotta love 'em.
There are many reasons as to why this one-time appearance would be beneficial to Lesnar and UFC, but I'm going to give you the top five on my mind.
So, here we go....
5. Brock Lesnar Owes WWE a Return
WWE, without question, helped make Brock Lesnar into a household name. No one can dispute this, as it is just plain fact.
The UFC is now marketing Lesnar because of his popularity, had he not been in WWE, it's doubtful he would have been put in the position he was in so quickly.
The WWE fans were behind him, and the WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon, loved Lesnar and thought he could be the future of the business and he was...for about three years.
He made a massive impact on his first night and kept it going, which was why he was main eventing so often and even main evented on Wrestlemania with Kurt Angle. That was the night of the infamous shooting star press Lesnar did which broke his neck.
Lesnar has mentioned how wonderful Vinny Mac was as a business man and has never really bashed wrestling as a whole, at least past the life of one. This is why WWE wouldn't mind bringing him back.
Superstars and fans alike saw a guy that the WWE help build into a top name only for him to leave soon after. No one can blame him for leaving if he couldn't handle the life and schedule, but Lesnar does owe the fans and the WWE itself, a comeback.
This doesn't mean Lesnar has to take on the Deadman at Wrestlemania, but Lesnar just appearing on WWE Television once again would be good to see. His final match was at Wrestlemania against Goldberg and he was never seen again on WWE TV.
For fans to at least get more so on his side, and as a nice gesture to the WWE in general, Lesnar does owe a return, at least for one night.
4. WWE Would Benefit Big Off Of His Return
Obviously with Lesnar now having crossover fame in both MMA and Wrestling, his appearance anywhere is going to get him some attention. Knowing this, the WWE contacted the former Heavyweight Champion before his fight anyway about coming in.
Taker didn't just go into business for himself, he was asking Lesnar a question in which had been asked before but received no answer.
WWE would pay the man handsomely for just a one time return, (word has it that it's in the millions) so Lesnar wanting money would be no option. WWE knows how big his return would be.
He has an MMA following now who will tune into whatever he does, on top of that, fans of which left after Lesnar did from WWE will now return to see him. This may be a one-time appearance, but the WWE knows how huge it would be.
Because they want him to return at Wrestlemania, which is already a massive PPV, they could make more money than usual because of his return. This may just be helping WWE, but why do they bring anyone in, really?
3. The Pop Culture Impact
As I mentioned in the last slide, WWE would benefit big and because of them being an entertainment company, it would be a huge deal in marketing.
Also, there is a lot of realism here. Taker and Lesnar aren't fans of one another, at least Taker isn't of Lesnar because of the fact that he did a ton to help build Lesnar only for him to leave the WWE shortly after,
The Deadman is happy for Lesnar in that he found something he loves to do, but there is that issue he has with him. But it wouldn't be enough for him to refuse to work with Lesnar. Also, because of Taker being a company guy, he'd to anything Vinny Mac asked him to do.
This is a real life rivalry we have here, so, the pop culture impact it would have is huge. The WWE would market it and storyline it up to being a real life thing. Now, there is no rush on Lesnar to give an answer, nor is there on UFC to allow him to come in.
This isn't happening until April 2011. And Taker is out with an injury at the present time, and won't be back until at least January or February.
Talk about one heck of something to see on TV, this would be great to see. I'm sure a ton of sports media outlets will cover it aswell, Only doing good for the WWE here, once again.
Because of the entertainment industry, along with the real world of MMA, on top of the wrestling business as a whole being involved, this could be one of the most hyped matches in years.
I know Shawn Michaels/Undertaker and Undertaker/Ric Flair were some of the more memorable matches for the Deadman at Wrestlemania, but neither Flair nor Michaels had crossover fame.
Lesnar brings that, therefore more buys and more hype. Again, why do you think WWE wants it to happen?
2. The Expectations and Hype Itself
It has already been covered, but this is all about the money. And the points I'm going to make have been said in earlier slides, but that simply is because it makes so much freakin' sense!
When people heard of Brock Lesnar/Randy Couture or Brock Lesnar/Frank Mir in the MMA world, people scratched their heads, more so for the second Mir fight. While Lesnar did have his WWE fame, did he really deserve to be put ahead of the line?
Dana White put him there because fans at least had something to say about him, he brought something out in everyone. You either watch to see him win or watch to see him get his tail kicked. It's just that simple.
The hype behind those two fights I mentioned above was massive.
Because of the hype, people will tune in just to see Lesnar/Taker at Wrestlemania.
Lets not forget The Undertaker legend itself. This man has so much cross over fame and has achieved such legendary status that many people when they think of people from the WWE after The Rock or John Cena, they think of him.
Also, Taker has never lost at Wrestlemania, and this has become such a huge thing that many watch to see what will happen.
The story going into this would be, why bring in Lesnar for one night only, just to have him lose? Then others would think, why give Lesnar the win just for that one night when Taker worked his whole career to keep that streak?
So, wrestling fans would get into this as well and it's not just for the people who follow Brock from his MMA career.
This would only add to more hype.
Also, the expectation for this to be a great match would be so high that people would want to see it.
Expectation and hype will lead to this being one of the most purchased Manias to date.
1. UFC Would Greatly Benefit From Lesnar's Appearance
I think this is the no brainer and easiest one of all to get. It's a complete shock White would just come out and say, "Oh, Brock is under contract so he can't do that."
Notice, that White and the higher ups could allow Lesnar to "entertain". Remember, all pro-wrestlers have one job, entertain the fans of the promotion. I mean, that's the whole goal, and well, money too.
UFC knows of WWE and knows it's power. It's obvious that without them, they couldn't be marketing so well off Lesnar. And look at the careers launched from the WWE for former talent besides Rock.
UFC averages in the 1.0s on Spike TV weekly, for any show they do. Their highest show watched was a PPV, noticeably with Lesnar. And it didn't crack the 3's, and it was a nicely stacked card.
Yet WWE consistently gets 3.0s on RAW and their PPV buys, while down from recent years, averages as much as their SmackDown show gets on TV.
Then you add in the fact that they are an entertainment company, with cross over fame into television shows on Disney, Nickelodeon, Fox, NBC, ABC, etc. People watch WWE, and also realize that this is a worldwide phenomenon, not just a US product.
Hell, the WWE just made their first trip to China recently. One man by the name of Alberto Del Rio said he went to six different countries in his first six months in the WWE on it's main roster. Showing the obvious, the WWE has fans worldwide that any company would kill to have things promoted on.
Why do you think it's so easy for the WWE to get guest hosts?
Hollywood sees it's popularity.
Vince McMahon came out and said that he believes UFC is a totally different product than WWE, one is real fighting and the other is sports entertainment, a predetermined form of fighting.
So Vinny Mac isn't asking for UFC to send one of it's more popular stars to the enemy's camp here.
UFC would get huge promotion for any type of appearance Lesnar would make for WWE.
All I have to say is, in knowing how big your company would profit, why not UFC?
Closing Thoughts From Joe Burgett
When you think about everything mentioned, it does all revolve around money. Heck, it's what makes the world go 'round so can you really blame the WWE here?
Lesnar still hasn't addressed whether he would want to work with Taker at Wrestlemania yet. But, if you ask me, he'd have no reason not to, nor does UFC have any reason to not allow him to do so.
I could understand not allowing him wrestle if you're UFC, cause you don't want a top name getting hurt. But, an appearance? That's not too much to ask at all if you ask me.
Obviously with Taker being out for the next few months, I doubt Lesnar is coming out quick with his answer, he has time and will take every second of it.
But what do you think?
BTW, you're welcome for the Sable pic. She's his wife, after all.