There’s something very odd happening in the WWE at the moment.
Up and coming superstars are being thrust onto the main roster. Former NXT talents have gone from competing in front of hundreds at Full Sail, to stealing the show on main roster PPV’s.
The quality of matches has grown exponentially since the reincarnation of Shane McMahon in the weeks after 'Mania 32.
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The rapid development and promotion of talent has left fans quivering over the debut of the next ‘big star’ to enter the fray on the company’s flagship shows.
Crazy when you think about it really, isn’t it? Especially when you consider that WrestleMania 32 was deemed to have one of the ‘weakest’ line-ups due to multiple injuries.
But something happened recently which sent many a keyboard fan into a tweeting frenzy.
Seth Rollins' return at Extreme Rules a fortnight ago dropped the cherry on top of what is already a fruity, delicious cake for the Universe to feast on.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit over the top. But what I’m trying to say is that the weapons that the WWE have in their arsenal at the moment are probably the biggest ones they’ve ever had.
AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose and even Shinsuke Nakamura are top card main eventers. With this amount of talent for creative to gorge on, it’s no wonder the brand split was announced to accommodate the ‘New Era’.
Combine this with the return of The Architect and the roster hasn’t looked this sturdy since the days of The Texas Rattlesnake, The Brahma Bull and co.
The future has never looked so bright for the WWE and its legion of fans which brings me to my next question - just where does Brock Lesnar fit in all of this?
For the past four years, the presence of The Beast Incarnate has been crucial to the company achieving the viewership targets they need to consider their PPV’s to be a success.
Despite being a ‘part-timer’ for the best part of four years since he returned on the Raw after WrestleMania 28 - Brock has been invaluable to the WWE and the shows he’s been involved in.
His 'Mania bouts with 'Taker, Triple H, Roman Reigns and more recently Dean Ambrose have been top card main event matches that have exponentially increased the popularity of these shows. Not to mention his Summerslam encounters with CM Punk and John Cena which received high acclaim.
There’s no doubt that Lesnar’s ‘king of the hill’ residency at World Wrestling Entertainment has wowed crowds and most importantly filled a lot of corporate pockets, but his absence presents the opportunity for fans, both old and new, to fall for new faces.
In the year that succeeded Brock’s defeat at WrestleMania 31, he wrestled just six times. Unsurprisingly, these fights all occurred in pay-per-views with one of these being a very brief spell during the Royal Rumble.
With fists thrown exclusively on the WWE Network and very few promos cut on Raw, Lesnar’s part-time presence is almost like a luxury.
But with a ‘New Era’ in full swing, and a long list of world-class talents in Vince’s armoury, could this spell the closure of Suplex City?
There are a few logical bookings which would, in theory, create dream match-ups. A feud with Cesaro will be the push that the Swiss Superman richly deserves whilst also provide a worthy pound for pound opponent for the Beast.
Kevin Owens has been explosive since his debut nearly a year ago. KO has been the top heel since his main roster debut and despite his large frame, continues to be one of the top in-ring performers.
And then there’s Bray Wyatt. I mean, could you just imagine the promo’s that Wyatt and Heyman would cut? What a dream.
With the announcement of Goldberg being used as the face of WWE 2K17, many a fan is starting to speculate that Big Bad Bill could well be entering McMahon’s squared circle yet again.
Goldberg’s re-emergence in the WWE has many thinking of who he could face if he were to wrestle next year in Orlando at WrestleMania 33 and the first name to be thrown into the rumour mill is indeed Mr. Lesnar.
Whether this comes to fruition is anyone’s guess, but you wouldn’t want to bet against Vince attempting to make amends for the horror show that was their fight at WrestleMania 20.
But asides from my fantasy bookings and the odd rumour, you’ve got to think that time could well be running out for Lesnar and the WWE.
His contract is one of the most lucrative in all of sports when you consider just how little he works in the ring. Costs could well be cut with Lesnar, and the money could be spent elsewhere. Not only that but the pool of talent that is available for creative is unlike any other rival promotion, the competition arguably isn’t there.
Lesnar’s name on any card will sell you tickets. But to wrestling fans the world over, names like Balor, Styles, Nakamura and Owens would both fill seats and seize all the plaudits.
The World Heavyweight title queue is currently stacked with superstars who are either deserving of a shot at or even a run with the belt. Of course, this is coming from a fan's mouth and not one of a WWE writer, but from outside the box would you rather see Lesnar have the belt over long-haul workers like Owens, Ambrose or Wyatt?
Needless to say, Lesnar is a relevant figure still in WWE, but with the ‘New Era’ providing optimism and excitement amongst the universe, will Suplex City relocate into parts unknown?
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