Brock Lesnar: 10 Reasons He's Better off in the WWE
Brock Lesnar is a former UFC heavyweight champion. There is a good chance that if he decides to improve his stand-up that he just might become champion again. It is hard seeing it happen against current belt holder Junior Dos Santos considering that Lesnar has a problem with striking, but it is possible.
Lesnar has also been a world heavyweight champion somewhere else though—the WWE. If things don't work out in the cage, he could always make a return at the end of his UFC contract.
In the end, it might be better for him, because with the amount of elite strikers that are there and those that are coming from Strikeforce, the division is going to get crowded. That, combined with Lesnar's inability to take a shot, is going to leave him looking weak and dispel the aura of invincibility that fans seem to respond to.
If he does cut ties with the UFC, though, it might help him to keep that myth about him and can even help him in the ring should he make a return.
The Damage to the Body Is Real but the Knockouts Aren't
Pro wrestlers do take immense amounts of damage to their bodies during their careers. Their matches may be scripted, but that doesn't make it any easier when they are being slammed around.
On the other hand, they don't get knocked out unless it's by accident.
Lesnar's chin is a glaring flaw in his fight game and if he can't iron it out, then he might need to go someplace where it won't affect him. In wrestling, practitioners might bang up their bodies, but they never throw a serious punch at each others chins.
At least they aren't supposed to. Its called working "stiff" and it isn't something that is encouraged in the wrestling world.
So if Lesnar returned to professional wrestling, the biggest hole in his technique could be ignored.
He'll Make More Money as an Ex-UFC Champion
Being a former heavyweight champion in the premier MMA organization in the world is a great way to make money no matter what form you choose. From meet-and-greets to continuing a career, there are multiple options for once-great fighters or fighters who are still great and have decided to retire.
Pro wrestling is one of those things.
Competing in scripted sports combat after having been at the pinnacle of actual combative sports is a great way to make a name for yourself. Look at Kurt Angle. The man has made a career out of winning a gold medal at the Olympics.
Lesnar was already a huge star. Being a former champion in MMA only would help push him to an even higher level.
He's Not Getting Any Younger
Brock Lesnar is 34 years old.
Technically, this should be an argument against pro wrestling, as the grueling road schedule that wrestlers have to go on breaks down the body.
Except his career spanned only six years and he has taken over half a decade off the business. His body would be rested from the heavy workload and he would be ready to return.
He is still young enough that he could tear up the WWE and have a career that lasts at least six more years.
In MMA, that time would be shorter. Lesnar does have his size going for him, but he is already older and in just half a year will be 35. Some fighters carry that age well. Being a heavyweight where speed isn't as important will help Lesnar.
And it seems like MMA fighters can last longer than boxers, but it also depends on the career they've had. Strikers tend to retire and burn out more quickly than wrestlers.
The real problem is that Lesnar still has a lot to learn when it comes to MMA. At his advanced age it will be hard to pull it off.
The WWE Needs Big Names Right Now
The WWE is in a rebuilding phase where young talent is starting to get put over in an attempt to get the company new stars. This is healthy and it will be best thing for the company in the long run.
But if Lesnar came back, there is no doubt that he would become top dog or at least feuding with the likes of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. The WWE might be trying to grow the product again, but they probably wouldn't be able to resist the urge to use Lesnar to his fullest extent, even if it hurt their growth potential.
It would be the worst thing for the WWE long-term, but it would be the best thing for Lesnar.
It all depends on if he is feeling selfish.
Cutting Promos Is More Accepted in Wrestling
Everyone who watched UFC 100 remembers Lesnar's little outburst. It wasn't classy and it wasn't what MMA fans wanted to hear in the biggest MMA event in the sport's history.
It hurt the fans and could have done a number on the UFC and MMA in general if anyone had decided to use it for that purpose.
It helped Lesnar garner more hate from the fans and probably influenced the amount of buys that the next pay-per-view he was on generated. But MMA is a fledgling sport, and where people can shrug their shoulders when a pro wrestler says something over the top, they won't when an MMA fighter does.
Pro wrestling is a spectacle, a circus, theatre or whatever other name fans might use to describe it. It is expected to give moments that are over the top and insulting. No one is going to take it seriously.
When someone in a "real" sport says it, it is taken seriously.
It may not be fair to say that about wrestling, but it is the truth.
A Match with the Undertaker
The entire Internet was buzzing when Mark Calaway, also known as the Undertaker, confronted Lesnar after his loss to Cain Velasquez. It immediately started a buzz that Lesnar would face Undertaker at WrestleMania or that Undertaker was angling for a match between the two.
Others thought that there was a genuine beef between the two men and that it was just a personal vendetta fans had accidentally been made privy to.
Whatever the case, if Lesnar returned to the WWE, it would be a fight that would generate a huge amount of money. With Undertaker likely having only one last match in him—which will take place at WrestleMania—this is the way to go out.
He Left the Company While Still Looking Strong
Lesnar wasn't exactly made to look weak in match after match before he left the company. He might not have exited as the top dog, but he was pretty near the mountain's peak. If he returned, most fans of wrestling wouldn't see someone who was disgraced by the company.
They would see a dominant wrestler who became a dominant MMA champion making his triumphant return.
Even though this seems silly to MMA fans, they should remember that not every WWE and pro wrestling fan is also a combat sports fan as well. Though it seems like there might be a lot of crossover, a large part of the WWE audience might just watch wrestling.
That means that though they have heard of Lesnar in the UFC, they might not have watched even one of his matches.
Remembering him as a wrestler who won most of his matches would help him come in strong.
It Would Make for a Great Storyline
Having an ex-UFC champion in the company is something that the WWE has seen before. Ken Shamrock was with the company for a while and they definitely did their best to milk it.
That was when the UFC was still a minor sport. Now that it is a growing phenomenon, it could mean an entire story arc and change the direction the company is going. That may not be for the best, as the WWE is doing some new an innovative things, but it would be great for Lesnar.
The WWE could make an entire angle around having a former UFC champion with them and make it the focal point of not only their shows, but a few pay-per-views as well.
And as Lesnar has shown that when he is in the main event, the PPV does well.
It Could Get Rid of Some of the Criticisms of Pro Wrestling
Pro wrestling has long had to deal with the notion that not only is it "fake," but that any of the athletes that compete in it wouldn't be able to win a real fight.
Of course wrestling is scripted, but that doesn't make it any less dangerous and the competitors it employs still have to deal with pain and aches that most other athletes don't have to go through. And they do it without complaining.
If Lesnar came back to the WWE and won a title with the company again, few could make the argument. Lesnar was a champion in the UFC and even if some tried to say that it proved that MMA is "fake," most would accept that he is tough enough to do both.
Wrestling will always get a negative attitude from many, but it would help to lessen it.
A Chance for a Hall of Fame Career
Lets face it.
Unless Lesnar wins every other fight he gets in the UFC, he is not going to have the career that some thought he might when he first joined the company.
That probably isn't going to happen and it's not because Lesnar is a terrible fighter. It's because it happens to everyone that steps into the Octagon. Even Anderson Silva has lost fights and he will lose another someday.
Lesnar seems to want to be the best at whatever he does; part of that is building a lasting legacy.
Unless he has a career that spans another half decade in the UFC, wins the title again and retains it for more than a few title defenses, he has an easier chance of having a memorable career in the WWE.
It doesn't mean Lesnar isn't a good fighter. He is just a better pro wrestler.