For those of you that have been living under a rock the last 24 hours, Brock Lesnar has signed a new deal with the WWE. It’s reported to be a multi-year deal in the 3 year range. I’m sure there is some extra money tossed into the deal for Brock. The WWE was competing with UFC, and UFC was said to make a strong last second push for Lesnar’s services. But in the end, Brock chose to stay with the WWE where he can work a very light schedule and won’t have to worry about an intense physical training schedule and matches with the UFC.
Brock re-signing is going to be interesting for the WWE in the short term and long term. First we can look at the immediate short term, which is Wrestlemania 31. Now, the ending to the main event is put in doubt. Most people assumed that Roman Reigns would be walking away with the WWE Title at Wrestlemania. There are also a lot of people who are of the belief that Seth Rollins could cash in his Money in the Bank contract and leave Wrestlemania or the RAW after Wrestlemania as WWE Champion. But what about the possibility of Lesnar retaining the WWE Title at Mania?
The fact that this story was released only days before Wrestlemania is just a bit strange to me. It pretty much guarantees that Brock Lesnar will get a huge face reaction this Sunday. If you thought Roman Reigns was going to get booed before, it’s going to be even worse now. With the story coming out like it did, Lesnar is going to be the face in this match whether the WWE wants it or not. Has Vince gotten cold feet on the Roman Reigns push? Maybe Vince has finally realized that he has screwed up the push of Roman Reigns. Of course, the WWE did itself no favors with the end of RAW this past Monday as well. Lesnar re-signing has definitely added some more intrigue to Sunday’s show.
Long term, I like what could be on the table for Lesnar. I think this almost guarantees a match with The Rock at some point. It is a match that has been talked about for the last couple years and I think it becomes a very real possibility now. The likely scenario would be a match at Wrestlemania 32. If you want to fill up the arena, Rock/Brock is about as big a match that you could do. I don’t think the match should be for the WWE Title. It isn’t necessary for a big time match like this.
The absolute one thing that the WWE needs to do with Brock Lesnar is get him to fight a variety of opponents rather than just the same veterans over and over. I think Lesnar will come out of Wrestlemania weekend as a face, and end up chasing the Title by going after either Rollins or a newly turned Roman Reigns. The fans will be dying to cheer for Lesnar and see him wreak havoc just to get his Title back. Lesnar needs to be around a little more as well.
When you look at everyone on the WWE roster, the opportunities for strong opponents is endless. I’ve already brought up Seth Rollins. There’s Bray Wyatt as well. We have never seen Lesnar fight Randy Orton as well. I still think Sheamus would make for a great opponent. They’d be able to have a stiff slugfest and it would be very entertaining. If Lesnar is going to be a face in the near future, then a program with Daniel Bryan wouldn’t make sense but it might in a few years. You could even include some NXT guys like Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. I think an Owens/Lesnar feud would be great and actually might be one of the feuds that I really want to see happen.
I’m all for Brock Lesnar re-signing with the WWE. But the most important thing is that the WWE uses Lesnar dates wisely and has him fight more opponents than what we have seen so far. Lesnar is a special attraction who has this aura around him that makes people want to see him. Bill Simmons said it best on commentary this past week. There’s just something about Lesnar that makes you want to see him fight. And that’s why I’m glad to know that Brock Lesnar will be in the WWE for the next few years.
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