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Brock Lesnar Re-Signs with WWE: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2015

Paul Heyman, left, celebrates with Brock Lesnar after his win over the Undertaker  during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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The decision that's placed a stranglehold on sports entertainment heading into WrestleMania 31 is final. WWE world heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar announced Tuesday that he re-signed a multiyear contract with the promotion, eschewing a return to the UFC.

Lesnar made the announcement in a sit-down interview with ESPN's Michelle Beadle on SportsCenter:

WWE @WWE

Watch @WWE World Heavyweight Champion @BrockLesnar's announcement of his new contract with WWE: http://t.co/6pAQBgwatz

Triple H and Vince McMahon quickly chimed in following the announcement:

Triple H @TripleH

.@BrockLesnar is a global attraction. Happy to have him re-sign a multi-year contract with @WWE. @espn @MichelleDBeadle

Vince McMahon @VinceMcMahon

"Brock re-signs with @WWE." #CongratsToUs http://t.co/nltmx4UCsp

Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports and Wade Keller of PWTorch.com provided more comments from Lesnar, who spoke on his decision:

Kevin Iole @KevinI

Lesnar said he spoke to Dana, Lorenzo, Vince and his wife deciding. "I had many sleepless nights." He said "I was born to be an entertainer"

Wade Keller @thewadekeller

Brock: "I've been in a bad position w/healthy & money. Now I'm in a good position with both. I work part time w/full time pay."

White quickly spoke with Fox Sports to provide his thoughts on the news:

Lesnar, 37, was scheduled to become something of a free agent the night after WrestleManiaThe former UFC heavyweight champion had made it no secret he was considering a return to the Octagon after his contract with WWE ran out, even appearing at UFC 184 with president Dana White.

His desire to return to MMA stemmed from the regret of having unfinished business in the sport after walking away due to diverticulitis in 2011. 

The abrupt retirement, however, paved the way for Lesnar to become WWE's most recognizable star. His mainstream appeal and imposing force made him the perfect poster boy for the Reality Era, with WWE garnering coverage from outlets not typically predisposed to covering its programming.

Lesnar became WWE champion in August after defeating John Cena at SummerSlam and has retained the belt heading into his WrestleMania match with Roman Reigns. For many, Lesnar's renewed commitment to pro wrestling took the air out of what looked like an obvious Reigns triumph. With Lesnar re-signed, though, anything can happen heading into Sunday's marquee event.

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