The hopes of countless MMA fans were dashed last night when former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar made his official return to a WWE ring rather than reconsider his recent retirement from non-scripted combat. Lesnar showed up on the pro wrestling powerhouse’s flagship program, Monday Night RAW, where he delivered his old “F-5” finisher on popular superstar John Cena.
Lesnar had a solid go in Mixed Martial Arts, starting with a 5-1 record despite facing veteran competitors such as Heath Herring, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, and Randy Couture. However, he lost the title he’d won from Couture against Cain Velasquez and was nearly forced to walk away from athletic competition in general based on some health concerns. He fought one final time this past December where he was stopped via TKO by Alistair Overeem, then called it quits on a brief but exciting career.
“The Anomaly”, as he was dubbed by announcers on last night’s episode of RAW, was one of WWE’s biggest stars nearly a decade ago but left after running into problems with the time commitment, travel, and wear on his body. The 34-year old is expected to play a high-profile role with WWE over the next year leading up to a bout at Wrestlemania 29.
Check out video of Lesnar’s WWE return below:
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MMATraining Take: Overeem said he’d send Lesnar back to pro wrestling and apparently the Dutchman did just that. It’s a shame Lesnar didn’t give MMA a go as soon as he left WWE instead of attempting football since he would have had a few more years to develop as a fighter. He clearly had raw talent but in a sport like MMA you can’t play “catch up” while facing the division’s top names.