Friday, April 6, 2012

Brock Lesnar: Pros & Cons

Cena destroyed (WWE)
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

It seems like a lot of people are still talking about Brock Lesnar's return to the WWE.  In fact, it was a topic of discussion on a recent episode of From the Rafters Radio.  Click here to listen to the show.  Chad blogged about it the night of Brock's big return, and I've been collecting my thoughts all week on the subject.  As I've right now, I see more negatives to Brock being back than positives.  I'm going to outline some of the pros and cons as I see them though.  I don't want this to just be an anti Brock post.  And I know there are a lot of rumors out there about how Brock will be used at Wrestlemania, I'm not going to address those rumors, since we don't know yet what he'll be doing.

He's back (WWE)
*The fans in Miami were clearly ready for Brock to come out.  Durning John Cena's promo,  a "We Want Brock (or We Want Lesnar)" chant broke out.  Thank the Internet for that little spoiler.

*His return, even though it's just for a year at this point, might attract fans who followed him earlier in his career or even in the UFC.  As much as I hate to admit it, I did actually go to Buffalo Wild Wings and watch Brock's first fight in the UFC.  It was more out of curiosity than anything else.  I was never a big fan of his in the WWE.

*He's an already established superstar so there's no need to spend months getting him over with the audience.

*I am going to assume this will garner some main stream sports media attention, especially depending on how they use him in the coming months.  I'm going to also assume that his Wrestlemania match will be highly hyped.

Brock vs. Angle (WWE)
*He left the WWE high and dry in 2004 with very little notice.  Even though he didn't jump ship to another wrestling company, he still basically said "fu" to his fans.  Not cool in my opinion, especially after all the time the WWE invested in building him up with wins over the Rock, the Undertaker, and Kurt Angle.

*He's only committed to making a couple of appearances each month and is presumably being paid a lot of money to do it.  There are guys in the locker room who have busted their butts for years now who I feel are ready to rise to the next level.  Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, and Daniel Bryan all come to mind immediately.

F-5 time (WWE)
*I HATE the way the number one guy in the company John Cena was made to look like a chump back to back nights.  He lost to a guy who left the company 7 years ago (yes, I understand it was the Rock) and then 24 hours later he's taken out with an F5 in about 20 seconds.  No offense at all.  Really?  Super Cena has been taken down that quickly.  Would we have ever seen someone like Pedro Morales (for you younger readers, he was the first WWF Triple crown champion) come in in 1987 and destroy Hulk Hogan in a matter of seconds?

*His deal is for one year, which will end at Wrestlemania 29 (presumably)  Remember how the fans booed him out of Madison Square Garden at Wrestlemania 20?  Will they have a similar reaction in New Jersey, knowing that he may not be sticking around?

Four pros and four cons.  That's not bad.  I'm not going to totally bash this concept until I see more of what unfolds as a result of his signing.  But again, I'm not on #TeamBrock (I'm sure that will be trending soon) at this point, nor do I anticipate that I will be.  I do however plan to keep an open mind on the subject.

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  1. This is great insight into this situation. I feel I'm on the fence about it as well. I think I got excited because it was a return, and I wonder if that's what the huge pop was for. I am in wait and see mode as well as far as it goes with what Brock can do. I don't think it's any help if he just shows up a couple of times a month and is setting something up for next year's wrestlemania. What about in the time being?

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