Opinion: Brock Lesnar will continue wrestling for WWE, even if he goes to UFC after WrestleMania
Whether you like him or not, Brock Lesnar is without a shadow of a doubt one of the biggest draws in the history of WWE. He is a once-in-a-generation athlete who has brought mainstream attention and legitimacy to the world of combat sports like none before him. It is no wonder then, that he is one of the highest paid stars in all of WWE, and at the same time, one who has probably worked the least number of dates and fights.
Though all recent rumors speculat that Lesnar will be done with WWE once his contract expires after WrestleMania 34, we feel that The Beast Incarnate will either extend his current contract or negotiate a new one with WWE, even if he goes over to the UFC for a fight or two post-WrestleMania 34.
Rewind to three years ago. Brock was set to take on Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 31, when it was reported that Lesnar walked out after an episode of Raw, seemingly not happy with WWE. But as it turned out, WWE somehow managed to retain Lesnar, by coming to an agreement immediately after WrestleMania 30.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer (H/T Wrestling Inc.), history is set to repeat itself this time around. Meltzer reports that Brock Lesnar is indeed very interested to stay on in WWE and Backstage officials are hoping to pull off a negotiation once again. However, the management is covering its track this time.
Publicly, WWE is building towards the feud in such a way that fans have begun to feel it is best if Brock Lesnar does leave. Having Lesnar no-show two weeks in a row, and the shoot-style promo by Roman Reigns a couple of weeks ago on Raw, are best examples of how WWE is trying to accomplish this.
Though Brock Lesnar has stated many times that his interest lays in MMA and the world of combat sports, he has not been able to pursue it due to being diagnosed with diverticulitis a few years ago, which is when he first quit UFC. Another factor is his growing age. But, being the Beast that he is, Lesnar did step into the Octagon last year once again.
Now, after photos of him with Dana White began circulating all over the internet, it looks like Lesnar will look to fight once again in UFC. But a full-time career in MMA at this point is almost impossible, even for Brock Lesnar. So, in all probability, The Beast Incarnate will look to have his cake and eat it too.
Lesnar has found himself a cash-cow in the form of his WWE contract. Lesnar has wrestled less than 70 mins since becoming the Universal Champion almost one year ago and has earned a whopping $12 million for it. He doesn't have to work full time, doesn't have to travel 300+ days a year, and even when he does show up, more often than not, a few German suplexes and an F-5 is all he has to do, before collecting his pay cheque and going home. At the same time, some strong-arming will get him an opportunity to go over to UFC, whenever he wants to. His drawing power will see to that.
Would he really give up such an arrangement? We think not.