Brock Lesnar is back! The former UFC and WWE world champion returned to Monday Night RAW in style by laying out Vince McMahon to cap off one of the most entertaining RAW segments in recent memory.
Lesnar has been laying low since he “quit” the WWE shortly after defeating Triple H at SummerSlam 2012. Behind the scenes Lesnar and the WWE have been working diligently at negotiating a new deal to keep Lesnar past WrestleMania 29. All reports indicate that a deal is done that will not only keep Lesnar around past WrestleMania 29, but Lesnar is signed through WrestleMania 31.
Fresh off of agreeing on a new deal, Lesnar returned for the next chapter in his WWE run on Monday night in Las Vegas. Lesnar returned as part of a segment which saw Vince McMahon give Paul Heyman a performance review. On a side note, Heyman was out of this world in the segment. Just as Vince was about to fire Heyman, the Next Big Thing returned.
Lesnar’s music hit and he walked down the aisle to confront McMahon. Heyman begged Lesnar to retreat as he entered the ring, telling Lesnar he had it under control. Lesnar contemplated but instead sent Heyman to the corner. Lesnar than confronted McMahon nose-to-nose before laying out Vince with an F-5 to close out RAW.
WWE.com furthered the angle with this report’ “WWE.com sources indicate that Mr. McMahon suffered a broken pelvis as the result of Brock Lesnar’s surprise attack at the conclusion of Monday night’s Raw.”
The story on WWE.com also has a video of Vince being stretchered out of the ring by EMTs. Vince’s daughter Stephanie McMahon is seen crying in the video as she walks with Vince to the ambulance.
This was a segment to go out of your way to see. The idea here appears to be a set up for Triple H’s return and the Triple H vs. Lesnar rematch at WrestleMania. I have to admit that I am a bit surprised. It was rumored that the match would take place all along, with Hunter getting his win back. However, I had a feeling they would change plans once they signed Lesnar to an extension. I would be real surprised if Hunter won, especially with Lesnar re-signed. The only reason for such a finish in my mind would be to set up a Lesnar babyface turn following WrestleMania and a feud with Heyman and CM Punk.
I can’t recall the WWE being this loaded up with star power in years. Monday Night RAW and WrestleMania will have Lesnar, The Rock, John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Triple H all on the same shows and cards. If this WrestleMania doesn’t do record business I don’t know if the WWE will ever break the records set last year by WrestleMania 28.
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