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#1 Posted on 6.11.05 1250.39
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I'm not trying to start a rumor or anything, and I want to make clear from the get-go that I haven't heard this from any source.

But since the lawsuit regarding Brock Lesnar's no-compete clause is on the verge of getting settled (the settlement conference is scheduled for December 15 according to what I've read), would this mean that once the settlement is reached, Lesnar will be free to sign with any promotion he wants?

Could he be among those former WWE Superstars who make their way to TNA? If the same thing ends up happening to Benoit and Christian and maybe (though not likely) Chris Jericho, talk about an instant credibility boost.
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#2 Posted on 6.11.05 1256.25
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Well, all we know so far is that whatever The Verdict is, Lesnar is already free to work for New Japan. Whether the judge completely blew up WWE's no-compete as unjust, or as a compromise, it still applies to the United States (though assumedly for way less than ten years) remains to be seen. But if there was ever a guy who'd be specially motivated to go to TNA and stick it to WWE and Vince, it'd be Brock Lesnar.

Orrrrr, with his increasingly maddened state and his increasingly falling bottom line, Vince could get so desperate that he'd aquiesce to Brock's every demand (the money, the schedule), as he's done to bring back other WWE Prodigal Sons ... and even then still give him the Matt Hardy "tricked you into stepping back into the bear trap" treatment.

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#3 Posted on 6.11.05 1257.14
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Well, I'd say that any chance there was of Lesnar coming back to WWE is now long gone, so if he decides he wants to wrestle in the States again, I see no reason why he shouldn't. A Jarrett-Lesnar title vs title feud could be quite interesting.
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#4 Posted on 6.11.05 1329.03
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Unless I'm wrong about the Japanese promotion in question, wasn't it New Japan's representatives who were at the last TNA PPV? Simon Inoki was at ringside, and TNA has made mention in the past couple months of working towards a deal with New Japan, to have their talent appear on TNA PPVs.
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#5 Posted on 6.11.05 1522.44
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    Originally posted by chill
    Unless I'm wrong about the Japanese promotion in question, wasn't it New Japan's representatives who were at the last TNA PPV?


That's what I was thinking--during the Liger match they made a big deal out of how he was appearing courtesy of New Japan. Seems like TNA and NJPW could come to a similar agreement to book Brock in a TNA match, or to send a TNA guy to Japan to fight Brock and show the footage on Impact.
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#6 Posted on 6.11.05 1648.08
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    Originally posted by Jim Smith
      Originally posted by chill
      Unless I'm wrong about the Japanese promotion in question, wasn't it New Japan's representatives who were at the last TNA PPV?


    That's what I was thinking--during the Liger match they made a big deal out of how he was appearing courtesy of New Japan. Seems like TNA and NJPW could come to a similar agreement to book Brock in a TNA match, or to send a TNA guy to Japan to fight Brock and show the footage on Impact.


That's a fantastic idea.
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#7 Posted on 6.11.05 2110.19
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The problem with Brock in TNA is that there is nobody in the heavyweight division who could pose a legit threat to him aside from Rhyno and Abyss. Jarrett is still a joke, Monte Brown is too green and I dunno if Brock could adapt to Raven's garbagy-style. Unless they plan on mixing X Divison guys to the heavyweight title division (Brock/Joe would be awesome, and Brock/Styles or Brock/Daniels would be pretty cool too), Brock might carry the weight of 'too big' for TNA. Unless, of course, they got Benoit or Christian....
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#8 Posted on 7.11.05 0240.25
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Wasn't cash the main beef Lesnar had with WWE's underwhelming offer? Brock signed a million dollar downside, lived like a king (who travels a lot and fights on planes) and he's just going to go to TNA and make two grand a week?

Seems like wishful thinking, unless he hates Vince more than I think he does.
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#9 Posted on 8.11.05 0932.11
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I think Lesnar is winding up back in WWE.

I think they made a deal where he could wrestle in NJPW and make cash until this thing is settled and that when it is settled in December, Vince will appraoch him with a deal similar to his old one and get him on TV with the NJPW belt.
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#10 Posted on 8.11.05 1011.49
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I think Lesnar can and will return to WWE someday. I don't, however, see WWE throwing money at him to get him to return.

He's a big guy, and a name of sorts that they can bring in at any time when they're running out of ideas, but his presence in WWE isn't exactly necessary and they have plenty of talented people to build from as it is. Once the initial shock of his return wears off, I think he'll settle back in to the way things were before where he's a solid main event level worker, but not one to bend over backwards for.
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#11 Posted on 8.11.05 1023.21
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    Originally posted by SKLOKAZOID
    Once the initial shock of his return wears off, I think he'll settle back in to the way things were before where he's a solid main event level worker, but not one to bend over backwards for.


I respectfully disagree if only becuase he credibly put over small guys like Benoit and Eddy. And while those names suggest I like him only he if he worked well with online favorites, I mean that he could sell and wrestle credibly with people who were not as tall and wide as he is. Compared to the histrionics of Snitsky and the utter failures of Morgan and Jones, that's a commodity worth paying for.

He had freakish size, a good mic presence (I miss "fine and dandy"), brutal power moves, credible submission moves, and, good Lord, if he hit that Shooting Star ...

I see Brock as a derailed experiment with lots of benefits. He had potential buried in bad booking that others on this board have listed in great detail. I'd make the effort to bring him in again.

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#12 Posted on 8.11.05 1209.15
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Brock would have to be really desperate to return to the WWE. The second he steps foot back in the company, political forces would be conspiring to sabotage him.

I'd like to see him come back, since I enjoyed him greatly, but I don't want to see him be subjected to "revenge booking", backstage politics, and a creative team that wouldn't have any clue how to bring him back effectively.
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#13 Posted on 8.11.05 1759.51
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Of course, if he does return to the WWE, they'll have to play some serious hardball with Lesnar after he made disparaging remarks about the company on an episode of SportsCenter.
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