Although WWE did not have a problem with Lesnar’s decision to leave to play football, they were less than satisfied with his interview remarks that seemed to put down WWE and pro wrestling in general. Thus, the decision to bring Lesnar back has some hurdles and will not be as easy as most suggested at the time the former champion left the company.
Additionally, many feel the fact that Lesnar’s failure to even make the practice squad of an NFL team severely hurt his leverage in return negotiations. WWE would have seized on the opportunity to bring a successful NFL player back, but now that Lesnar has gone from a top WWE wrestler to a failed NFL hopeful, he is not even as big a star as when he left the company. For a WWE return to occur, his attitude would need to change and accept that he does not have as much bargaining power as he did before leaving.
Lesnar was also not a serious financial draw, so WWE does not see a return as imminent. While most believe a return to the company is inevitable, many backstage believe Lesnar should not immediately return to the main event and should have to “pay his dues” once again for leaving and badmouthing WWE the way he did. Of course, the other school of thought is that if he is brought back as a main-eventer, his return will seem important from a storyline-perspective.