On April 2, 2012, after an eight year hiatus, Brock Lesnar made his return to WWE. That night, the fans in attendance reacted to Lesnar like he was a triumphant king coming home. From that night until WrestleMania 29, WWE incompetently booked Brock Lesnar, having him lose just as many matches as he had won, and in recent months, WWE has done with Lesnar what they needed to do with him from the start, which is have him destroy everyone.
If WWE decides to have Brock Lesnar defeat John Cena at the Royal Rumble, the general consensus is that he will lose his WWE championship to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31, then, after his loss, Lesnar will bow out of WWE and return to the UFC. While losing Lesnar will definitely hurt WWE, his departure from the company couldn’t come at a better time.
Brock Lesnar is much different from any other WWE part-timer because he’s a heel, so there’s really no other way to beat him other than clean, in the middle, and with that being the case, every time he loses he becomes a little less special.
Remember when Goldberg’s undefeated streak was snapped in WCW? After that happened, Goldberg wasn’t as special anymore, even though the finish of the match, while dumb, saw Goldberg getting beaten in a cheap way after Scott Hall shocked him with a taser. In my opinion, after Lesnar loses to Reigns, especially if it’s a clean finish, which it will likely be, Lesnar will no longer be what he has been since he broke The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30.
Sometimes, the best thing for a WWE superstar to do is leave. If you really think about it, that would probably be the best thing for John Cena to do, but since Cena is such a big draw for WWE, there’s no way that they would let Cena take an extended vacation.
If and when Brock Lesnar leaves WWE, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be back. Should the Roman Reigns plan works, WWE won’t really need Lesnar back any time soon. If it doesn’t, well, then WWE has wasted all of this time having their champion destroy guys and miss three consecutive months of WWE television.
Where does Lesnar go after his loss to Roman Reigns if he stays with WWE? A return match at the following pay-per-view? That’s really the only logical thing, and chances are, if that rematch happened, Lesnar would likely lose to Reigns again. So, then what do you do with him? Who is out there for him to work with? Randy Orton maybe? That would be interesting. Batista? That would be interesting too, if Batista ever decides to make another WWE return. Daniel Bryan? That would probably be a great match, but would anyone really ever buy into the idea of Daniel Bryan beating someone like Brock Lesnar? Probably not.
WrestleMania 31 could be Lesnar’s “swan song.” Do I want to see him leave? No. Brock Lesnar is my favorite professional wrestler. But I also want to see what he can do if he returns to the UFC. So, in a way, I’m torn, and I’m sure a lot of fans feel the same way.
It’s all about timing in the world of professional wrestling, and you have to know when it’s your time to step away. It’s almost a guarantee that Lesnar will be making a return to mixed martial arts in 2015, and in the WWE world and the UFC world, his timing couldn’t be any better. WWE will likely have nothing for him after his loss to Roman Reigns, and the UFC is in desperate need of contenders for Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight championship, as the UFC’s heavyweight division is the weakest it’s been in years.
Can Lesnar get back to the top in the UFC? We’ll have to wait and see, but the answer is probably not. He has a glass jaw, and that’s not a good thing to have, especially in the heavy-handed heavyweight division. It’s hard to believe that Brock Lesnar could beat someone like Junior dos Santos, and it’s also hard to believe that he’d be able to run through dangerous strikers such as Roy Nelson or Mark Hunt. But I could be wrong, and Lesnar could very well run through all of them en-route to regaining his UFC heavyweight championship.
Brock Lesnar’s impending departure from WWE puts a lot of questions on the table? One of which is what does WWE do with Paul Heyman should Lesnar decide to leave? Will they keep Heyman around? If so, who will be the next “Paul Heyman guy?”
One thing is for sure, and that is WWE fans should enjoy the next four months of Brock Lesnar in WWE, because this could very well be “The Beast’s” final run in WWE.
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