Via Camel Clutch Blog:
It would appear that Brock Lesnar’s one-year trip back to the WWE may be extended. A new report indicates that negotiations are underway and the former UFC champion may be sticking around through 2013.
A new report in theWrestling Observer newsletter indicates that the WWE and Brock Lesnar have entered negotiations for a new wrestling deal. The report states that the deal would remain relatively similar to his current deal which obligates Brock to a handful of appearances and matches for a reported cool $5 million.
Dave Meltzer feels that it was Brock’s strong drawing power at SummerSlam and the impressive buyrate that the event achieved which was the catalyst for the WWE committing to such a big money deal for a second year in a row.
“After SummerSlam and him moving numbers on an otherwise weak show, his being offered a new deal was thought to be a given, because there were stock analysts who changed their feelings on WWE long-term based on the PPV number increases, and at that point, keeping relations with Lesnar and The Rock, who are numbers movers, became a big deal.”
Lesnar has not signed the new deal according to the report. Meltzer feels that Brock will drag out negotiations before he agrees or does not agree on a new deal. The report also indicates that the WWE are working feverishly to lock Lesnar up before WrestleMania. It would make sense to create a finish based on Lesnar’s future with the company which as of today has him leaving right after his match in Newark, NJ.
As things stand today it is expected that Lesnar will rematch with Triple H at WrestleMania. It is also expected that the rematch will serve as an opportunity to give Hunter a win back over Lesnar. Quite frankly it is hard to argue with the finish if Lesnar is leaving, which is why getting this deal done before the match is important.
I would not be surprised at all to see some rumors floating around about Brock returning to the UFC. We have seen those rumors twice since Lesnar returned to the WWE last year. UFC president Dana White has told reporters that Brock would never fight again due to health reasons. I have a feeling that Brock may “find a doctor willing to clear him” in the middle of a contract negotiation.
If Lesnar does stick around than I think there are a few avenues they can go as far as the match. One idea would be to scrap the match altogether. I really don’t know if there is that much of a demand in seeing these two guys wrestle again coming off of their August match. Another idea would be to have Triple H go over as part of a bigger plan to turn Brock Lesnar babyface, something I predicted a while back. Either way I think if you are investing that much money in Lesnar, there is no good reason to have him put anyone over at WrestleMania.
Keep an eye out for more on this story. It will be a biggie going forward as we move closer to WrestleMania.