Why Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre at WWE WrestleMania 37 Is Best for Business
There are a ton of superb moving parts in the works for WWE as the collective mindshare starts to think about WrestleMania 37 in March.
And none might top the idea of a rematch between Drew McIntyre and Brock Lesnar.
McIntyre, after all, has been one of the most dominant forces in the company since he dethroned Lesnar in April and quietly has had a good run as top guy, even doing so during the crowd-less era. And the Beast Incarnate...hasn't been seen since.
Given the circumstances and the state of the roster, it only makes sense for the two to lock horns again at next year's biggest event. Here's why.
The State of the Roster
The WWE roster isn't hurting per se, but there aren't a ton of believable threats to McIntyre's run as champion unless the company wants to go all-in on Keith Lee.
Otherwise, WWE could be looking at a retread against Randy Orton or something else that just doesn't pack a similar punch to a rematch with Lesnar.
And to McIntyre's credit, he's done some amazing work in holdover feuds, making opponents look believable and great while still keeping that dominant aura about him. He's gunned through guys like Bobby Lashley and Dolph Ziggler in superb fashion—and where past champions have struggled.
With the state of the roster, WWE could almost take its time building guys like Lee and give one of its top titles one of the best things possible for the main event scene: a Lesnar appearance.
The Roman Reigns Factor
If WWE hadn't finally pulled the trigger on Roman Reigns going heel, we probably wouldn't be having this discussion.
Reigns was always going to come back and sit in a top feud. If it were the same old Reigns, he would probably get locked in for a big showdown with a Lesnar or a McIntyre in ho-hum fashion.
Reigns is bad, and he's got a partnership with Paul Heyman. And while that might scream "inevitable feud with Lesnar" to some, in reality, Reigns acting as a top heel is the perfect way for him to work with younger talent and build the next generation. If WWE wants to go the other way, maybe someone like The Rock comes back and takes issue with his actions.
Either way, the unexpected development frees up plenty of room for a McIntyre-Lesnar rematch, which is sorely needed because to be blunt...
...McIntyre's Earned It
It's as simple as that.
McIntyre looked downright stunning in his progression to top guy by targeting Lesnar at the Royal Rumble and then eventually dismantling him. WWE desperately needed it to work, and it has. McIntyre has been a superb champion even without live reactions from fans, and he's made any feud thrown at him work.
With WrestleMania positioned in March and fans already starting to return to sporting events in limited numbers, part of the rationale here is simply WWE giving McIntyre the moment he so deserves in front of fans.
McIntyre's coronation as the guy who took down Lesnar happened on a weird show to a muted response at the WWE Performance Center. Getting him in a big stadium in front of some fans and giving him that special moment is important—especially with the way he's surprisingly carried the company through this unique era.
And even if fans aren't back...
...Fans Deserve It
Even if fans aren't at 'Mania itself to see McIntyre take down Lesnar again, they deserve to have it happen.
McIntyre is embraced by the majority of fans. He's a cool, dominant champion, not a top guy getting booed because he's so overly good-guyish. He's not doing the same things over and over in matches and feuds and frankly, it hasn't felt like he's been champion as long as he has already.
In other words, a rematch with Lesnar would mean no gimmicks, no part-timers (it's easy to see an alternate timeline that sees WWE try to hype up something silly like McIntyre vs. Tyson Fury).
And odd as it sounds when talking Lesnar, it doesn't even have to be the main event. That can go to Reigns. It can go to a women's match. Something else.
And thinking along those same lines, a fight like a rematch with McIntyre is not only natural storytelling—it's probably the only thing that ends Lesnar's hiatus from wrestling anyway. It's an extension of the excellent work he did last time by passing the torch to the next generation and would again leave the company in an even better position.
Or to summarize: A rematch just makes too much sense.