As we all know by now, Brock Lesnar is headed back into the octagon to battle at UFC 200. Lesnar has not fought for UFC in nearly 5 years so this announcement comes as a big surprise considering he is still under contract with WWE. Now that WWE has given the go ahead for Lesnar to have this “one off” match at the PPV before returning to WWE at Summerslam, this raises a lot of questions as to the details behind this deal between WWE & UFC as Vince McMahon has been known to see UFC as a competitor of sorts, & allowing a contracted superstar to compete for a rival company would be the equivalent of WWE lending over guys to WCW. There has to be more to it, right?
So the big question is what does this mean for WWE? They must be getting something out of it besides money. The obvious & more immediate benefit is cross promotion. Having Lesnar be on the UFC pay per view will most certainly see UFC promote Lesnar as a WWE superstar which would draw in more eyes to WWE. This would be the perfect time to have that since WWE is promoting their new up & coming talent & is also preparing for the upcoming brand split that could definitely use more viewership since they want to push both Raw & Smackdown as must see shows. I could definitely see they taking advantage of having their guy doing the media rounds as a WWE superstar.
Could it be possible that WWE would want CM Punk back even if for just a one off? We all know Punk’s feelings toward WWE & more specifically their medical staff. There’s still a bit of bad blood between the two parties. But that doesn’t rule out the possibility of it happening. Punk has always taken pride in his position in the company while he was there. Always felt obligated to be a leader as champion. However he never shy’d from the fact that he had an obsession with being “the guy”. Even in his podcast with Colt Cabana, he almost mentioned how hard he fought to be in the main event at Wrestlemania 29. He even went as far as saying that he had “failed” in his professional wrestling career because he never main evented Wrestlemania. I wouldn’t put it past WWE to give him exactly that on top of a huge pay day in this deal. Hell, maybe they could just give him a match against someone like AJ Styles who has already been proving himself as a top level contender in WWE. Never say never in the wrestling business.
Regardless of how you feel about either side, this is a interesting move considering Dana White has always been against working with WWE. Back in 2010, WWE approached UFC, ironically, about a similar deal for Lesnar to appear at Wrestlemania to face The Undertaker. Now here we are almost 5 years later & the tables have turned. This can only mean good things for both companies.
– Jeremy G.