LAS VEGAS - JULY 03: Brock Lesnar reacts after his second round submission victory against Shane Carwin to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 3 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Former play-by-play announcer Jim Ross has been on Twitter today talking a bit about Brock Lesnar and his return to WWE. Mostly, he's defending against detractors, of which there are now many following the mixed reaction to his performance during the go-home segment to Extreme Rules on Raw this past Monday night (April 23, 2012) in Detroit.
Here are a couple tweets J.R. sent out:
Brock Lesnar is back in WWE to: 1 intimidate 2 brutalize 3 earn BIG money NOT to 1 work on public speaking skills 2 make friends 3 lose. Fans that naively think that money & being able to physically dominate people didn't affect Lesnar's return to WWE aren't bring honest. Word.
Naturally, most of this is Ross working kayfabe and simply tweeting whatever suits the storyline best. And there's certainly nothing wrong with him doing such a thing.
But there's also a certain level of truth to what he's saying, which lends itself to a discussion about how exactly WWE can book Lesnar based simply on how he wants to be treated by the company now that he's made the decision to come back.
There's been a lot of talk about whether or not Brock will lose to John Cena in the main event of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) this Sun., April 29, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. Quite frankly, the notion is preposterous. Not just because it would be a terribly shortsighted idea for both Lesnar and Cena's on-screen characters but because I simply can't bring myself to believe that Brock would agree to do a job to a man he reportedly despised the last time he was with the company and had to work with him.
Pretend you're Vince McMahon and your idea is to have Lesnar put Cena over at the PPV. How would you even pretend to go about explaining why that's a good idea to a man who absolutely wants to maximize his ability to make money over the next year? If anyone can do it, it's Vinny Mac, but the reality is that it's simply not a good business decision in the current climate. Lesnar shouldn't lose until WrestleMania 29 next year on April 7 in New Jersey. There are ways to protect him if they did want him to job but it simply shouldn't happen.
It's also interesting that Ross makes sure to defend Lesnar's terrible promo work on Raw this past Monday night, mostly because WWE is going to have to find a way to acknowledge the fact that Brock just isn't comfortable on a microphone. Outright admitting as much by giving him the gimmick they have should work just fine but how the fanbase buys into it will be fascinating to watch as he becomes more entrenched on the roster over the next year.