Brock Lesnar A Bust?, Daniel Bryan Jobbing, New Babyfaces, Flair Back In WWE

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Is it just me or has the return of Brock Lesnar been somewhat of a bust? He came back with so much hype, had a couple OK matches and now he has been gone for so long in between dates that I totally forgot about him until the Slammys? I know WWE wants to get the most out of his few dates but I feel they did a better job with The Rock then with Brock.

Let's look at the numbers. Brock Lesnar has headlined two WWE pay-per-views this year - Extreme Rules (vs. John Cena) and SummerSlam (vs. Triple H). Extreme Rules did 263,000 buys (up from 209,000 the year prior and 182,000 in 2010) and SummerSlam did 350,000 buys (up from 296,000 the year prior and even with the 350,000 in 2010). WWE views these numbers as a major success and would like to retain the services of Brock Lesnar after they use him at Wrestlemania 29 next year. There was talk of Lesnar working Survivor Series or another pay-per-view in 2012 but the company ultimately decided to keep him on the shelf to preserve the dates on his contract.

Why is Daniel Bryan constantly the one being pinned and shown as the weak link of Team Hell No?

The justification seems to be Daniel Bryan's current gimmick is comedy and he won't be hurt by any losses under it. I would rather see Kane doing these jobs as he's someone up there in age that has already peaked. Daniel Bryan hasn't come close to his ceiling and I would prefer he didn't go under although that seems to be the reason why he has been booked as such. From what I've been told, Vince McMahon sees Daniel Bryan as diverse and is high up on him heading into the new year.

Who do you think will have more success as a face - Alberto Del Rio or The Miz? I think Del Rio is more natural in the face role.

I always remind readers it's important not to judge a gimmick or character turn too soon as there aren't always instant results. I'll admit it's weird seeing both [Del Rio and The Miz] as babyfaces considering the resources that have been used to make them both heels. Alberto Del Rio is currently needed more in a babyface role with WWE needing someone to help carry the company's Latino fan base.

Ric Flair said hew as back. How is this possible with TNA Wrestling's ongoing litigation against WWE? Has Vince McMahon finally decided to flex his muscle?

I wasn't surprised to see Ric Flair back as he told friends a couple months ago if TNA's litigation didn't end soon that WWE would get creative to get him back on TV. While we can only speculate as to what he meant, I'm unable to confirm if he has a new WWE contract. One of my sources was checking to see if WWE has contacted any other former TNA names they were believed to be interested in with Flair back on TV but so far, I haven't heard back. Flair seemed to have teased involvement at Elimination Chamber in a dot com interview as you can read more here.

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