Before Brock Lesnar was a UFC heavyweight champion, he was "The Next Big Thing" in WWE, a project of Paul Heyman and one of the youngest, most successful pro wrestlers in the history of the business.
As soon as he broke on the scene, he was given a push as a monster that simply could not be stopped. Sound familiar?
He won every major title and spent his entire career at the top of the industry. But after about two years of abusing his body, resorting to chemically based illegal treatment for his extensive list of injuries, and being on the road 300 days of the year, Lesnar up and called it quits.
After failing out of pro football, he found his way into the loving arms of the greatest promoter of our time, UFC President Dana White.
Now, though, Brock's career is at an odd sort of impasse. He's lost his heavyweight title, gone through two separate bouts of diverticulitis, one that included surgery to remove an entire foot of his intestines, and is 34-years-old.
A loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 on Dec. 30 and his future is very much in doubt.
ESPN recently caught up with the former pro wrassler and asked if he thinks he would ever go back to WWE, even for just one more match. His answer, quite frankly, surprised me:
"I think I will. I think under the right circumstances I will. I think if Vince McMahon and I were able to sit down at the same dinner table and break some bread that we could come up with some kind of gameplan. At the end of the day, I'm an ultimate fighter. That's who I am and that's who I'll always be. I was an entertainer but at the end of the day, I'm still as real as it gets. I think a lot of things have to fall in the right places for something like that to happen."
Somewhere in Stamford Vince McMahon's eyes are lighting up with dollar signs.
Rumors persisted for months that "Vinny Mac" was trying to get Lesnar to appear at next year's WrestleMania 28 event but Dana White squashed those at every turn.
However, with the recent announcement that White allowed his prized pay-per-view possession to go into business with WWE again by appearing in the WWE '12 video game, anything is possible.
Sure, Lesnar is maintaining he's an "ultimate fighter" but he's also no different than you or I when it comes down to cold, hard cash.
Any pro wrestling fans in the house hoping this means Lesnar is bailing on UFC in favor of WWE? Or would you rather he make another big run in MMA?