When Brock Lesnar gave notice of his intentions of leaving WWE shortly before Wrestlemania 20 it caused major problems for the Smackdown brand. Eddy Guerrero's major title program was changed from Brock...to JBL. Many claim this effectively killed Eddy's chance to draw on top and killed his run due to having such a weak program to draw from.
Smackdown ratings were sent into a tail spin. While top stars like Kurt Angle and Big Show were already planned for time off to recover for injuries, WWE was counting on Brock to help plug the gap while working with Eddy and Undertaker. His absence sent ratings crashing and put creative in a deep hole. It wasn't until the Tough Enough segments began in October that ratings finally turned the corner.
The last time Brock was seen in a WWE ring was Wrestlemania 20, where he was jobbed out to Goldberg with the fans bashing him on a personal level. Now months later after the NFL thing didn't work out and money's running dry...Brock Lesnar wants back in.
Should Brock just be handed an easy pay day and handed a spot in next month's Royal Rumble? Should his behavior be rewarded with a top spot at Wrestlemania? Or should he be forced to work his way up the ladder, proving he's loyal to the profession before WWE invests television and creative capital in promoting him again? Vince went so far as to have a rookie Brock go over 'cleanly' against The Rock, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle and The Big Show...just to have all that creative investment thrown back in his face. Vince has to literally ignore months and months of footage involving a performer who's investment is no longer a benefit to the company.
Is Brock Lesnar worth the risk of giving another top level opportunity to when others on the roster prove their loyalty day in and day out? Can his level of commitment be trusted? Should he be made to prove himself even if the easy money short term says position him strong immediately?
From both a fan and a business perspective, how would you like to see the impending return of Brock Lesnar handled...if at all?