After 8 years, Brock Lesnar will be in a WWE match for the first time since WrestleMania XX as he goes up against John Cena at WWE Extreme Rules on April 29 (April 30 in the Philippines which by the way is my birthday.)
A former King of the Ring, a former Royal Rumble winner, a three-time WWE Champion, and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Lesnar returned to the WWE the night after WrestleMania XXVIII and nailed John Cena who was coming off a tough loss against The Rock at WrestleMania with a devastating F-5 to the delight of the crowd at hand in Miami, and recently in Washington, DC where after Cena won by submission against David Otunga, Lesnar nailed Cena with a low-blow and delivered another F-5 on Cena.
However, this won’t be the first time these two superstars will meet in the ring. It was in 2003, John Cena was then an arrogant, trash-talking and insult-laced rapper when he came through Lesnar who was dubbed as “The Next Big Thing”. Ironically, it was during this feud when John Cena introduced Attitude Adjustment (then called F-U) a move similar to Lesnar’s F-5 but different on the finish. Cena and Lesnar continued their feud until Backlash 2003 when Lesnar retained his WWE Title against Cena.
Now that Lesnar is back in the WWE after retiring from MMA after the two straight defeats he suffered against Cain Velasquez where he lost the UFC Heavyweight Title on UFC 121, and Alistair Overeem in UFC 141. He now has his sights on the man he faced off almost a decade ago in John Cena. With the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations & Raw and SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis on Lesnar’s side as Brock puts himself back on the WWE map, and John Cena trying to rebound after his WrestleMania defeat. It will sure be a great match-up between two of the WWE’s marquee superstars.
I can say right now that the WWE is back!