Some people have begun to turn on Brock Lesnar. Not as much so directly on him, but in the way the WWE has decided to book him. A creative endeavor, mind you, that hasn’t actually changed since he returned to the company a few years ago. That is, however, part of those people’s problem with Brock to begin with.
It makes sense, too. How long can a wrestling fan consume a man squashing other guys in the ring before a “shoulder shrug” emoji is tweeted during any of his matches? Apparently, that answer is “no longer.”
This has led to a discussion – at least one being had on social media and some podcasts – concerning what value Lesnar brings to the WWE. Somehow, magically even, many a member of the Internet Wrestling Community believes that Lesnar has no more good things left to offer the WWE Universe.
These people are wrong.
Are Lesnar’s squash matches growing tiresome? To a degree, yes. But they are serving a presumed purpose. One that doesn’t have an immediate payoff, and an aspect of wrestling we oddly swear we miss, but are now whining about whenever Brock suplexes a human a million times in a match.
He is a sincerely dominant figure, in the same vein as The Undertaker at WrestleManias, and the type of “unbeatable” talent the WWE is no longer putting in front of our televisions each week. Save for the two mentioned guys, both of who are part-timers, the WWE doesn’t have those anymore.
Why is that a big deal? Because of the payoff.
Much in the same way The Undertaker gave Lesnar a major, major rub by losing to him at WrestleMania, at some point in time Lesnar will do the same for another wrestler. This time around, at least hopefully, the WWE likely learned from its mistake of having “The Beast Incarnate” – an already established force – going over a dead person who wrestles, which really seems like an unfair advantage in the ring ‘Taker has had for too many years anyway.
Again, this is under an assumption that the endgame here is Lesnar giving the rub to another wrestler. It is a pretty safe assumption too, as Vince McMahon isn’t going to allow him to leave the company without helping create at least one more star before Lesnar leaves to do whatever the heck he does in the wilderness during his free time.
If this presumed story is what awaits after all these squash matches, it is all going to be totally worth it. His value, which is now seen as ho-hum, will then be viewed as priceless. Honestly, people down on Lesnar right now are just being shortsighted.
As an example of his big-time future value: Lesnar continues to squash humans, then Finn Balor as The Demon King beats him at WrestleMania. What would your thoughts be after that?
It is safe to guess that it would put over The Demon King in the greatest of possible ways to the point of turning his face-painted character into one that rivals The Undertaker’s at ‘Mania, or Lesnar during any match.
That’s the value Brock brings. That, one day, he will turn a star into a Superstar. He will give the massive amount of legit credibility he has, then gently place it in the hands of another.
Whine about the impending Shane McMahon vs. Lesnar angle all you want, but it’s all just a series of precursors to the major event that will happen at some point. Not to mention, especially with the assumed Shane match, Lesnar is mostly fighting guys outside the main roster’s important stories. He isn’t hurting anyone’s career, or killing guys’ credibility, or anything. He’s merely a sideshow spectacle for now.
We are only consuming Lesnar on TV once every other month or so. Even then, those matches are roughly 10 minutes long. Should he have closed out SummerSlam? Probably not. But that’s more a logistical issue than it has anything to do with the value he brings to the table.
What is his value? A giant, circus-like attraction that brings real-life credibility to the industry.