As rumored, Brock Lesnar made his official WWE return at RAW in front of a rabid crowd. Lesnar came out to a thunderous ovation, entered the ring, and dropped John Cena in what looks like a prelude to the WrestleMania 29 main-event.
[adinserter block=”2″]Lesnar was heavily rumored to do something at WrestleMania 28. When he did not appear it was almost a given that he was going to appear on RAW. Dozens of fans live at RAW had Brock Lesnar signs and chanted Lesnar’s name throughout the night. They weren’t disappointed.
John Cena did a long promo at the end of the show calling out The Rock. Instead Brock’s music played and he walked to the ramp. Lesnar soaked in the cheers for awhile and eventually came down to the ring. Cena offered his hand which Lesnar took and dropped him with his F5 move. Brock is back!
The angle will likely lead to a super match at either WrestleMania 29 or even as early as SummerSlam. Lesnar reportedly has signed a 1 year deal which gives the WWE multiple appearances. I wouldn’t expect Lesnar to wrestle full-time but there is a good chance you will see several Brock Lesnar WWE matches.
Lesnar was over huge and I mean huge with the Miami crowd. If you thought The Rock vs. John Cena dynamic was strange, this one should just be on a different level. I presume Lesnar will be positioned as a heel “outsider”. If so, that will be a big mistake. As one of the biggest stars in MMA history, Lesnar could quickly become the most popular guy in the WWE. If the WWE was afraid of Cena getting booed against The Rock, he doesn’t stand a chance against Lesnar.
I have to admit that I really don’t see the appeal of this match and feud. For one thing, Lesnar’s last WrestleMania match was in the same market he will be wrestling next year. The fans booed the match out of the building and it is generally remembered as one of the low points in WrestleMania history. John Cena is okay but I am not convinced he can have a great match with Lesnar. I just don’t see the worlds aligning here for a very good or even great WrestleMania match.
The moment will go down as one of the all-time classic RAW angles. The crowd tonight in Miami was arguably the best live WWE crowd I have seen on RAW since the Steve Austin era. The reaction Lesnar received, compounded with the atmosphere in the house made this one of the best RAW angles in recent memory. The angle capped off what turned out to be one of the best overall RAW programs I can recall in years.
One thing I will say is that Brock looks like he hasn’t kept himself even close to fighting shape. He looked a bit flabby and wore a t-shirt. It looks to me that Brock and the WWE just put this deal together recently or I would expect that Brock would have gotten himself back into shape. I can’t imagine that come Lesnar’s first match that we won’t see the ripped Lesnar.
I am relieved that they aren’t going in the Lesnar-Undertaker direction. I know that some fans wanted to see it coming out of the confrontation the two had after Lesnar lost the UFC heavyweight title. I just don’t think the dynamic is there for a great match. I could be wrong, but I will say that Cena vs. Lesnar is probably a much better match than Lesnar vs. Undertaker.
[adinserter block=”1″]Signing Lesnar is an expensive gamble for Vince McMahon. Lesnar is a proven draw in MMA, yet there is no guarantee that will translate back to professional wrestling. Lesnar is likely coming with a high guarantee so anything less than a huge boost in business could blow this deal up financially in the face of the Chairman of the Board.