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Caitlyn Holroyd if thescore.com wrote a piece stating the obvious – that Brock Lesnar is likely to leave WWE once he hands over the Universal Heavyweight Title to Roman Reigns in the co-main event at WrestleMania 34. While Lesnar has been on our television screens the past four weeks and the booking leading up to the Universal Heavyweight Title match has been well crafted, the coronation of the “Big Dog” as the leading man of Vince McMahon’s soap opera is only days away.
What I wouldn’t give for a swerve of some kind, like Paul Heyman walking out of the Mercedes Benz Superdome with Reigns as he raises the belt above his head.
Actually, it was the New York Post’s Joseph Staszewski who asked Heyman if Sunday night will be the last time he walks Lesnar to the ring as his advocate.
“It’s most likely the answer to that is yes. The reasons are rather public. Brock is eyeballing a return to the octagon,” Heyman said. “He’s made no secret about it. He’s out in Las Vegas at the UFC offices taking a selfie with Dana White wearing a UFC T-shirt. These are not secret negotiations.”
I wonder how WWE will handle Lesnar’s departure with regard to Heyman and what is next for the best manager in the business to come along since Bobby “The Brain” Heenan? Does he find another performer to stick his name by? Can he find a rising talent and make him another sensation through the art of promotion?
While he pines for an opponent in the octagon, Lesnar must first do the honors for Reigns, who has picked up some momentum from the fans with this most recent program. His in-ring vignettes and the back and forth abuse each wrestler has taken should make this a better match than most of us anticipate.
Still, the focus will shift more to Lesnar leaving than Reigns winning the red brand’s title.
As Holroyd wrote, Heyman thinks the UFC would be wise to bring Lesnar back now.
“The three biggest box office attractions in UFC history are Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor,” he said. “Ronda Rousey is now full time with WWE. Conor McGregor is a cottage industry all of his own, which frees up Brock Lesnar to come in and take over as the preeminent box office attraction in UFC.”
When the match is over, and the fans send out mixed signals as to whether they like their new ring master, Heyman will essentially become a free agent. There are a few names to float round as potential replacements for the “Beast Incarnate” – many of them we have discussed this week.
Samoa Joe makes sense. The “Samoan Submission Machine” and Heyman are a perfect match. It would mean Joe gets a huge push once he returns to the main roster. There are rumors he will work another program with Reigns with the title on the line.
Of course, Braun Strowman would be another solid fit. But with his growing mic work and his larger than life persona, will Heyman’s inclusion help of hurt the “Monster Among Men?” Will Heyman stand in the background and wait while Strowman holds onto the Raw Tag Team Titles for a cup of coffee?
Lashley could be an interesting combination. If the former WWE and TNA world champion returns to the company, who does he face? With Lesnar on his way out, how will he be booked? Lashley is great in the ring, but with Heyman in his corner, I love this kind of pairing.
The one wrestler I find the most intriguing in this potential new force is Big Cass. The 7-footer needs a mouthpiece. While his size is imposing, and he has been booked in singles matches before, he is still new to this game. The presence of Heyman makes the neophyte a giant in a sea of main event stars.