With the “Beast Incarnate” defending his title in a Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble and his contract expiring in the next few months, I think the WWE should consider offering the current Universal Champion a new, full-time contract.
Lesnar has been a dominant force in the WWE ever since he made his debut 16 years ago. Given his size and athleticism, he has been in a position of strength over his opponents and has decimated almost everybody that stood in his path.
Following his presence in the UFC, where he also became a champion, the 40-year-old wrestler came back to the WWE, yet his part-time role prevents him from becoming the face of the company.
Even though he has battled against most of the roster’s top guys, like Triple H, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and the Undertaker (just to name a few), his presence in a selected number of pay-per-views (like the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series) doesn’t allow him to acquire a more central role in the creative team’s plans.
Since claiming the Universal Title back in 2017, the versatile wrestler appears only on specific editions of Monday Night Raw in order to promote his respective bouts, while he defends his title only during the biggest pay-per-views, which certainly is not “best for business.”
The reason for writing this article is the rumours that Lesnar will lose the title to Reigns at Wrestlemania 34 as well as his mediocre presence during the promos for the Triple Threat Match against Kane and Braun Strowman at the Rumble.
Regarding the first scenario, the WWE Universe is not in favour of the “Big Dog” becoming the face of the company, yet if he wins the title, the WWE will again have a fighting champion that will defend his title more often than the “Beast Incarnate”.
However, if Lesnar decides to become a full-time Superstar, he will also have the opportunity to reclaim the Universal Title and again become the top guy in the company, since he will stop appearing on a limited schedule.
And that brings me to my second point, which is the “Beast’s” performance since it became official that he would defend his title against Strowman and Kane at the Royal Rumble.
Lesnar’s moments during the “Road to the Rumble” are not as significant as somebody would expect.
The storyline focuses more on whether the “Monster Among Men” and the “Big Red Machine” are capable of dethroning their opponent, rather than the current champion’s effort to prove his dominance.
And that’s why we saw Kane make statements by “chokeslamming” his opponents or Strowman wreak havoc in the last two or three editions of Monday Night Raw.
On the other hand, the WWE relies heavily on Paul Heyman, who is Lesnar’s “advocate”, to “carry the burden” and promote the champion’s fights, yet this angle has become very predictable and maybe it’s time for a change.
I believe, though, that Lesnar will become much more competitive, as the “Road to Wrestlemania” goes on, and his segments will become much more interesting.
Concerning his contract, I think it will be great for him to re-sign with the company, but on a full-time basis, which will enable him to have a more active role in the creative team’s plans.
Given his ability to fight against every member of the current roster (from Samoa Joe to Jason Jordan) and his popularity among the WWE Universe, the company would have the chance to further improve its product and ratings as well as raise the fans’ interest, since Lesnar’s bouts are always exciting.
That said, I think things will become clearer as we come closer to Wrestlemania 34, yet a return to the UFC to face Jon Jones is also possible, according to the company’s president, Dana White.
To sum up, I am of the opinion that the WWE should work as hard as they can to convince Brock Lesnar to sign a new, full-time contract, as such a decision would be beneficial to both the company and the 40-year-old wrestler.