Here Comes The Pain….Again

“What makes me happy?  Beating people up that makes me happy.” – Brock Lesnar. 

For those who don’t know, Brock Lesnar has returned to the WWE with a vengeance.  For those who don’t know who Brock Lesnar is, he’s a 2 time NCAA National Wrestling Champion, a three time WWE Champion and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion.  Not to mention one of the most physically imposing people I’ve seen anywhere at 6’7″, 300 lbs.  He’s the definition of a monster.  He’s got unbelievable speed, agility and strength that puts any athlete to shame in any sport.

Brock became a star in WWE 10 years ago when he first debuted and ran roughshod over the roster.  In four months he was WWE Champion and headlined WrestleMania in his first year alone.  He became a top star beating the likes of The Rock, Undertaker, Kurt Angle, John Cena and Big Show.  He was dubbed “The Next Big Thing” in wrestling, and boy was that an understatement.  Two years later, he left the WWE and pursued other athletic outlets such as playing for the Minnesota Vikings and eventually transitioning to mixed martial arts into the UFC.  Now eight years later, Brock has returned home to the WWE, where he got his first shot at mega stardom.  The night after WrestleMania XXVIII, rumors were running rampant that Lesnar would arrive.  At 11 p.m. that Monday night, he did and made an immediate impact with John Cena’s entire body being slammed to the mat with his signature manuever, the F5.

As a fan, Lesnar’s return is something any WWE fan thought they’d never see.  He didn’t leave the company on good terms back in 2004 and had a subsequent lawsuit that followed about the negotiations of his contract.  As a fan, I’m excited to see Lesnar compete again.  The two years he spent in WWE were awesome, and it’s great to have those memories shown again on television.  Had he stayed, the landscape and the last eight years in WWE would be completely different.  Would a guy like John Cena be as big a star had the WWE been Lesnar’s playground?  Chance are yes, but it makes you wonder what could have been.

This Sunday on Pay-Per View, Lesnar picks up where he left off eight years later taking on the biggest star in the industry today, John Cena.  I hope to see re-kindled feuds with not just Cena, but Undertaker, The Rock, Big Show and several others.  I also look forward to seeing matches against Randy Orton, Sheamus, and CM Punk.  Hell, I want to see him work with everybody on the main roster.  F5’s for all!  That’s one more thing I missed.  The awesomeness of that finisher still sends chills down my spine.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for WWE with Lesnar’s return.  Here comes the pain indeed!