Dave Meltzer recently took a break from his busy schedule of incessantly pandering to Japanese wrestling to drop a bombshell on the wrestling world.
No, this isn't one of my picks for top stories of 2010 in pro wrestling (which continues tomorrow by the way as we enter the top five), but the Brock Lesnar rumor mill is in full swing as the year hits the home stretch.
According to a report from the combat sports maven, Brock Lesnar is looking for an exit strategy from his current UFC contract following a one-sided loss to Cain Velasquez and would like to cash in on one of the biggest Wrestlemania paydays in pro wrestling history.
With reports out of Lesnar's rather dormant camp suggesting that the otherwise motivated former UFC Champion has not trained one day since his loss to Velasquez in October, and following an apparent worked shoot angle orchestrated by the Undertaker and Lesnar following Brock's aforementioned loss at UFC 121, rumors of Brock's unlikely return to professional wrestling have resurfaced.
Lesnar has been as big of a cash cow in the UFC as he was in the WWE, if not bigger. Taking cues from his pro wrestling background and playing up his natural heel persona to incite MMA purists all the way to the bank, Lesnar was never short on business savvy. Such savvy seems to be coming into play once again as reports of Brock Lesnar's MMA demise may not be exaggerated after all.
The thing to keep in mind here is that Lesnar has one fight left on his UFC contract. With $2 million reportedly on the table out in WWE Headquarters, a WWE return is certainly a possibility. But let's not get too worked up over the possibility of Lesnar coming back to wrestle full time, let alone once.
This entire situation is about money. Lesnar does not miss the arduous travel schedule, the lack of privacy or the adverse effect that taking bumps on a nightly basis has on the human body. With just one more fight currently left on his UFC contract, it is more than plausible that Lesnar could finish up with the UFC, work one lucrative date at Wrestlemania that may or may not involve an actual match, and being the competitor he is, return to MMA as public enemy number one — and a much more lucrative public enemy than he was upon his debut. Cha-ching.
Dana White obviously can't be happy learning that he may lose his biggest box office draw, not to mention the fact that Lesnar may be crossing the blurred lines of reality from MMA to the WWE, especially after Lesnar spent years forging a successful career as a legitimate mixed martial artist.
But the number one rule of any promoter is to never say never. The possibility of Lesnar returning to WWE, with his last image in the UFC featuring him on the receiving end of an outright beatdown from Cain Velasquez, vindicates many MMA purists who felt Brock was an overrated fraud undeserving of the main event spotlight in the UFC to begin with.
Leaving the UFC will simultaneously infuriate and placate MMA fans who inaccurately classified Lesnar as a "pro wrestling outsider" who didn't belong in the pure sport of mixed martial arts.
But should Lesnar leave the UFC for the hated WWE, only to return to the Octagon months down the road (if you think Dana would be drunk to permanently wash his hands of the box office bully that is Lesnar you're not paying attention), the ubiquitous hate that has filled stadiums and pumped pay-per-view buy rates for the UFC would be stronger than ever.
Everybody wins. And the business savvy of Lesnar would once again be put on display with this unprecedented possibility of getting the best of both worlds.