Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar has dispelled any doubt about his commitment to the WWE by signing a new multi-year contract with the company, instead of returning to MMA and the UFC. Lesnar confirmed on ESPN’s SportsCenter that he re-signed with WWE at RAW on Monday from Los Angeles – after Chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
— WWE (@WWE) March 25, 2015
Lesnar’s contract status cast doubt over the main event of this Sunday’s WrestleMania as the former UFC Heavyweight Champion takes on Royal Rumble winner, Roman Reigns. After an alleged dispute with McMahon over the details of a new contract, the main event was up in the air, as well as Lesnar’s status. His appearance at a UFC event certainly didn’t help the matter, and fuelled rumours that Lesnar was on the cusp of returning to Dana White’s promotion.
However in an interview with ESPN’s Michelle Beadle, Lesnar confirmed whilst his “Octagon legacy is over,” his WrestleMania legacy will not be his last. It was a decision that took the Champion a year to weigh up but the schedule and lifestyle, as well as not having the mentality of a MMA fighter were pivotal factors in his decision.
Brock Lesnar left the WWE after WrestleMania XX in 2004 to pursue a career in the NFL. However when that was unsuccessful, he looked into mixed martial arts. Although he lost his first fight in the UFC, he went on to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship, however his career was cut short due to illness.
“I could go back to the Octagon, but what am I going to gain? I was the UFC heavyweight champion of the world. Due to my illness, my career got cut short. That’s God telling you, ‘it’s time to move on.'”
This is Lesnar’s third WWE contract since returning to the company on a part-time basis in 2012. Lesnar has always stated a strong dislike to the travel commitments that come with the WWE, but a limited schedule offers an alternative. “I work part time, with full time pay, like everybody wants,” says Lesnar.
With Lesnar’s seemingly imminent departure, Reigns was favourite to walk out the new Heavyweight Champion. However now his contract is confirmed, the odds of Lesnar retaining have rocketed. Rumours continue to grow of Brock Lesnar facing Roman Reigns’ cousin The Rock at next year’s WrestleMania from the home of the Dallas Cowboys – with The Rock refusing to confirm or deny any plans. This will be a rematch of their meeting at SummerSlam 2002 for the WWE Championship.
Nevertheless, the confirmation of Brock Lesnar re-signing with the WWE but also in a multi-year deal, has made the main event at WrestleMania 31 this Sunday from Santa Clara, California a lot more interesting. There are so many permutations and outcomes now Lesnar is a confirmed ‘WWE guy’ again.