There may be no bigger topic right now in pro wrestling than the future of Brock Lesnar. The WWE champion is coming to a cross-roads and the rumors continue to swirl about his post-Mania plans. A new report paints a picture that wrestling fans can get excited about.
Brock Lesnar’s two-year deal with the WWE is set to expire right after WrestleMania 31. The timing couldn’t be better for Lesnar. Lesnar has options to return to the UFC, fight for Bellator, or remain a WWE superstar. The latest betting line had the odds on Lesnar cashing in on a big return to the UFC. Yet a new report says that Lesnar may be having second thoughts about being punched in the face.
Dave Meltzer breaks it down in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Meltzer cites Jim Ross as a source and reports that Ross believes Lesnar is staying with the WWE.
“On the Lesnar question, Jim Ross, who is still in a position to know people who would know, wrote that sources are saying it looks more promising that Lesnar is staying due to concerns over the long-term heath effects of concussion oriented issues later in life.”
The report goes on to speculate that Lesnar would stay with the WWE if the company will pay him what he wants. Meltzer speculates that the WWE doesn’t want another big superstar leaving for the UFC after CM Punk left for the UFC a few months ago. Meltzer seems to think that if Lesnar is returning to MMA that it would be with the UFC and not Bellator.
I think the economics of the WWE have changed in Brock’s favor. Once the WWE reached a million subscribers on its network, I think a priority was placed on keeping Lesnar. Prior to that, I don’t believe that the economics would have even justified keeping Lesnar at his current price whether Brock wanted to stay or not. As always, the timing has worked out in Lesnar’s favor once again.
As a fan I’d love to see Lesnar stick around. I think he is a difference maker and stands apart from everyone and everything else in the WWE today. That said, I don’t know if I’d blame the WWE for bailing on him. Fan or not, the fact is that he isn’t a huge difference maker. There weren’t noticeable increases in buyrates with Lesnar on the show and as stated above, the economics are just different now. I don’t know how many people are cancelling or signing up for the Network based on Lesnar’s three matches a year.
What do you do if Lesnar does stay? I think you keep the championship around his waist. Reigns is not ready, Bryan isn’t nearly as over as he was last year and Lesnar retaining would only add to his aura and mystique. Whether it happens or not is a different story but I’d love to see the shock on those faces when Lesnar gets the pin and the win at Mania 31.