At WrestleMania 32 this year, Brock Lesnar ended up defeating Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred Street Fight. Many thought the match was “okay,” but not really anything special. It appears as if some within WWE feel the exact same way, and they are looking to make WrestleMania 33 much more important for the “Beast Incarnate.” Apparently, Vince McMahon has plans in place for Lesnar, but can he really pull off a match against The Rock?
Lesnar’s match against Ambrose is one that was built up pretty well in the weeks leading up to WrestleaMania 32, and it had some violence and good moments. Still, it seemed to be rather lackluster and not really “main event” quality.
Reportedly, that didn’t sit well with Vince McMahon at all.
According to the Daily Wrestling News, McMahon honestly feels as if Lesnar was “wasted” for this year’s WrestleMania. Considering the amount of money that Lesnar receives for each appearance, Vince just doesn’t think that what was done with him this year is worth the cash that WWE is shelling out for him.
As Forbes has pointed out, Lesnar is making $6 million per year from WWE, and he’s not even working a full schedule. It makes a lot of sense as to why Vince McMahon feels that a match at WrestleMania 32 without a title on the line or even in the main event was a “waste.”
That being said, Vinnie-Mac wants to get more for his money at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, and he has much bigger plans for Lesnar. Yes, McMahon wants to have him face off with one of the biggest superstars in wrestling history: The Rock.
Now, if the company is looking for a big money match, then this is it, but there are a lot of things that need to be put in place for it to happen.
This year, The Rock did appear at WrestleMania 32, but only in a small sense. He showed up, cut a promo, beat Erick Rowan in six seconds, and then took out the rest of The Wyatt Family with John Cena.
Due to his movie commitments and insurance issues, he couldn’t do a full-on match and run the risk of getting injured. That being said, his filming schedule also kept him from appearing on WWE television for the months leading up to the big PPV.
Essentially, The Rock was kind of wasted at WrestleMania 32 as well.
In order for Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock to happen at WrestleMania 33, WWE would have to lock him in right now. They need to make sure that he can be on WWE television for the months leading up to the big event in Orlando and have interaction with Lesnar and Paul Heyman.
Having The Rock commit to the match now would also mean being able to avoid any possible movie filming conflicts or insurance issues.
Currently, Lesnar is off of WWE television, but he’s expected back for an event in Hawaii in late June, and could be back on Monday Night RAW shortly after. Rumor has him getting into a feud with Bray Wyatt heading into SummerSlam.
It’s not like The Rock and Brock Lesnar haven’t faced one another before, but it has been a long time and things have changed. Lesnar is a much bigger star now, as is The Rock, and it would easily be one of the top three matches on the card.
WrestleMania 33 is already something that has plans being put into place, and it’s likely that WWE is going to make sure there are plenty of alternate options as well. Brock Lesnar is not going to lose any steam, but he needs to be booked in a bigger fashion, and in a way that focuses more on him as a top star. Pitting up against The Rock in Orlando would do just that, but there are a lot of bridges that need to be crossed for that to actually happen.
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