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As we draw closer and closer to the return of Brock Lesnar, the big question becomes more and more relevant -- how does WWE plan on acknowledging Paul Heyman's relationship to the two?
When Paul Heyman was brought back to WWE last year, it was because the company needed a way to continue storylines involving Brock Lesnar without actually having to have the big lug appear on television. His contract calls for a limited number of dates and the natural way around that was to bring in a manager for him and let the manager do all the leg work.
To that end, Heyman was the only choice.
He did such a good job, however, that once Brock went away for a few months and Heyman had nothing to do anymore, the decision was made to pair him up with his biggest supporter and reigning WWE Champion CM Punk.
It's worked out wonderfully. Heyman has been one of the best performers on the roster and Punk is obviously in a comfort zone we haven't seen from him since the day he walked through the doors in Stamford. But it creates an obvious question that so many of us are all eagerly awaiting the answer to:
What will WWE do to acknowledge the link between Punk and Lesnar once Brock comes back here soon?
In a recent interview with USAirwaysCenter.com promoting the Royal Rumble this Sunday, Heyman talked about both in and out of kayfabe and he may have given a clue as to how the situation will be handled:
"Punk always looks two goals ahead. That's the biggest difference between C.M. Punk and Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar looks at what's directly in front of him and that's the goal. Once he perfects that goal, conquers that goal, he's ready to move on to the next goal. C.M. Punk has a long-range plan and has his eyes firmly set on what follows that, and therefore what leads to the next. ... Brock's designation in WWE, Brock's desire and Brock's goals in the WWE are no longer to be recognized as the best. Brock doesn't have title aspirations. He's been there. He's done that. Brock Lesnar is a beast and he's an old-school pugilist. He's a prize fighter and much like his reign in UFC, Brock looks like big money match-ups that draw the most interest, garner the biggest box office, so that he can perform at the highest dollar value, which is what he likes to do. His goals are completely different that C.M. Punk's."
So it sounds possible Lesnar will come back and never once even acknowledge Punk's existence and vice versa, though there's not telling how long that will last if Brock signs the big deal for another year that WWE has put on the table.
Sorry to those who got their hopes up after reading Hulk Holland's column last night.