Now that we know Brock Lesnar is back in the WWE, the next question is who and when will he making his return to the ring. Those questions have been answered and if you are hoping to see Brock Lesnar wrestle, you won’t have to wait long.
Brock Lesnar will return to the ring at WWE Extreme Rules 2012. The former UFC champion won’t waste any time with tune up matches as he will shoot straight to the main-event. Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena is official for April 29. The two will likely have some kind of stipulation since this is a gimmick match pay per view.
The match will mark Lesnar’s first WWE match in over eight years and first pro wrestling match in less than five years. Lesnar’s last WWE match came back at WrestleMania XX on March 14, 2004 when he was defeated by Bill Goldberg in a match that is generally remembered as a low point in WrestleMania history.
The real story here to me is that the WWE is not wasting any time with Lesnar. Personally, I would have waited until SummerSlam for the Cena match. Shooting him to Cena immediately could be a good or a bad thing. On the one hand, I love the idea of striking while the iron is hot. On the other hand, a bad match could tarnish an entire year’s worth of potential with Lesnar.
Lesnar is coming in to the WWE with a reported $5 million price tag. In addition to the high price, Lesnar will also be limited to the number of dates he will be working. For that reason alone, I would have held off Brock’s first match for awhile. The WWE could find themselves in a position if they aren’t careful where they run out of dates on Lesnar before WrestleMania, thus putting Brock into an advantageous negotiating position.
Seeing Brock back in the ring will be a big part of the story here. Brock isn’t necessarily a guy that loved pro wrestling. On top of that, he reportedly had some heat with Cena years ago when they two wrestled against each other in the WWE. How far is Brock willing to go to have a great match? If he is only willing to go so far, how soon will the fans reject his return to the WWE? Brock needs to make a statement here, otherwise this investment can go south in a hurry.
Update: WWE.com has confirmed that the match will be an “Extreme Rules” match.