- The male demographic have had to endure milk-toast kiddie-favorite John Cena for far too long. Nobody has really been able to take him off his perch….that is until now. Last night on Raw none other than Brock Lesnar made his return to the company! As the fans chanted “holy ****” he wasted no time on small talk. He’s back, this is his ring and Cena does not fit in it!
The former UFC champ has been away from the company for 8 years. Although he left with somewhat negative fanfare, he’s just the kind of legit monster needed to bring life back in to those fans jaded by John Cena, who have been desperately clinging on to CM Punk since last Summer.
According to the Wrestling Observer he’s signed a limited one year contract, that will have less of the grind than the full WWE schedule, which was part of the reason he left. PWInsider.com reports that he’ll make a minimum of 2 appearances per month. The deal culminates at next year’s Wrestlemania where it’s likely he’ll be facing Cena or The Rock.
From a business standpoint Jim Ross wrote on Twitter:
“Why’s Brock Lesnar back? I’d suggest 2 earn BIG money. He’s done w/ UFC & still young. He’s a complex, supreme athlete. Interesting times.”
- Another name that returned last night (although sporting a new gimmick) was Albert/A-Train, now Lord Tensai. He squashed Alex Riley:
Although fans will most likely see him as just that Albert bloke in a silly gimmick, he’s totally upped his game since wrestling in Japan and will likely win them over with time. Like Lesnar he brings a physicality that many of us have been missing.
- Quick Results:
The Rock says it’s only the beginning and he wants a title run.
Santino Marella US(c) def. Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger…when he hit the Cobra on Swagger.
Santino dances with Brodus Clay.
Lord Tensai def. Alex Riley.
Mark Henry def. CM Punk via countout.
Y2J then pours alcohol over Punk.
Alberto Del Rio challenges Sheamus, but gets Brogue Kicked.
Kofi Kingston def. Cody Rhodes…after big Show distracts Cody with Mania footage.
The Miz def. Zack Ryder
John Cena calls out the Rock but gets BROCK LESNAR!
- The crowd were super super hot throughout the night, it almost felt like 10-12 years ago.
- In a dark match prior to Raw going live FCW star Dean Ambrose defeated JTG.