It turns out that even in this world of numerous professional wrestling websites and Internet spoilers that secrets can, in fact, be kept quiet until they are meant to be made public. Most analysts, World Wrestling Entertainment fans and likely at least some employees over at ESPN were certain about what they were going to hear from Brock Lesnar when the WWE World Heavyweight Champion walked onto a SportsCenter set in the evening hours of March 24th, 2015. Lesnar was going to announce that he was leaving the WWE following WrestleMania 31 to make his expected return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship for one final run. Done and done.
Except that is not what happened. Not even close, in fact. Lesnar dropped his own version of a bombshell that would make former WWE Superstar and current UFC fighter CM Punk proud when “The Beast” told the world that he had put pen to paper on a three-year deal that would keep him in the top promotion in all of North American professional wrestling, a deal that has also ended Lesnar's mixed martial arts career. Lesnar is walking away from the legitimate sport having won the UFC Heavyweight Championship during what was a short tenure in that business, one in which Lesnar put on shows on multiple occasions.
Whether or not Lesnar would have had the goods to go into the Octagon and notch at least one more win before either going home and living his life or making another return to the WWE will never be known. There are, however, few reasons to believe that Lesnar chose incorrectly to hang up his MMA gloves and remain in the company that has, after a false start out of the gates, booked him as well as it has any of its champions over the past decade. Of the possible pairings that were out there at the start of springtime, Lesnar and the WWE is the one that makes the most sense for the man and for the wrestling promotion.
10 Face Shots
9 Writing on the Wall
7 Easier Life
6 Lesnar “Gets It”
4 Future Match-ups
1 The Money
Lesnar said it himself during the SportsCenter segment that he was returning to the WWE and retiring as a MMA fighter: He was, as a pro wrestler, working “part-time for full-time pay.” Who out there would not want such a life? While the specifics of his contract have not and likely will never be released by the WWE, it has been speculated that Lesnar could earn up to $5 million over the next three years, and he may do so by working fewer than 30 dates per 12 months. That is a fine way to make a living.
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