One of the biggest stars in MMA is just a few dollars away from making his return to pro wrestling. Former UFC champion Brock Lesnar is expected to finalize a deal that would could bring him back to the WWE as soon as WrestleMania 28.
The news is not unexpected yet the timing is interesting. The story is breaking in the final hours before WrestleMania 28. Whether Lesnar is a part of the show in Miami or is expected to return in the future, the breaking story is one that could take a little steam off of the big John Cena vs. The Rock main-event.
[adinserter block=”2″]Dave Meltzer over at F4Wonline.com reports that UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Brock is free to return to the WWE. Even with retirement, Lesnar was still under contract with the UFC. Lesnar could not return to the WWE without consent from the UFC. This report now confirms that the only thing keeping this deal from happening is money and agreeing to the number of dates per year with the WWE.
Lesnar has been in talks with the WWE for reportedly well over a year for a return to the ring. Several reports indicated that Lesnar and the WWE had conversations last year about Lesnar wrestling The Undertaker at WrestleMania 27. Unfortunately for Lesnar, Vince McMahon, and a lot of excited pro wrestling fans, the UFC immediately shut down any hopes of sharing their superstar.
It is hard to imagine where Lesnar would fit in to the current WWE landscape. A feud with John Cena makes the most sense for an immediate impact, although that could be something saved for SummerSlam. There have been rumors of a match between Lesnar vs. The Rock but that one just seems odd to me at this point in time. Of course The Undertaker immediately comes to mind but that could be something saved for WrestleMania 29, built over a year.
Personally I have found the excitement about Lesnar returning to the WWE a bit ironic. Lesnar left the WWE after wrestling Bill Goldberg at WrestleMania 20 in one of the worst matches in WrestleMania history. Fans were booing the match and Lesnar and yet the WWE Universe is ready to welcome Lesnar back with open arms. To me, I find it odd to say the least.
I think the Cena feud has the potential to be bigger than Cena’s feud with The Rock. The kicker here is that the WWE has really shot themselves in the foot with the Cean-Rock buildup by holding Rock back in order to keep Cena strong. The fact is that against Lesnar, Cena will likely be booed out of the building. If the WWE try and manipulate this any differently, the series could be dead on arrival.
As for The Undertaker match, I really don’t get the excitement here either. Lesnar was good but never appeared to be a guy that carried guys to great matches. Lesnar’s great matches came from guys like Rob Van Dam, The Rock, Eddie Guerrero, and Kurt Angle. All of those guys are good to great workers while the Dead Man is broken down at the end of his career. As fun as this looks on paper, I have very little desire to see it in the ring.
[adinserter block=”1″]I do expect Lesnar to be back in the WWE shortly, even as quick as this Sunday. My hunch is that he either winds up as part of one of the top two main-event matches. He could also be held off until Monday or next week as to not miss a beat once The Rock exits town. Either way it will be very interesting to see how the former UFC champion assimilates back to the world of the WWE.
Update: It appears that if Lesnar and the WWE can make a deal that he will play a part in the finish of the Triple H vs. The Undertaker WrestleMania 28 match, leading to an announcement Monday night about a Lesnar vs. Undertaker match at WrestleMania 29.