It was previously reported that there was no mention of Brock Lesnar on RAW this past Monday night. Lesnar appeared at UFC 226 this past Saturday and shoved new UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, teasing a future fight between the two. Lesnar also put himself back in The USADA drug-testing pool last Tuesday, making him eligible to fight again for The UFC after January 8th, 2019.
Despite The UFC appearance playing into WWE’s storyline about Lesnar wanting to leave the company for The UFC, Dave Meltzer reported in a recent edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Vince McMahon made the decision not to mention him to focus building on Sunday’s Extreme Rules PPV Event. McMahon told everyone at the production meeting before last Monday’s RAW that Lesnar’s name wasn’t to be mentioned and they can start talking about him again “When he is being offered to our audience and we can capitalize on it.”
Meltzer also noted that McMahon “is adamant” about creating the idea that Lesnar is turning his back on the fans and leaving for The UFC. The storyline is to make it appear that Lesnar is leaving without dropping The WWE Universal Title, which they hope will get Roman Reigns cheered more when they face each other, potentially at SummerSlam.
As previously reported, Lesnar has now been confirmed to compete at SummerSlam. It is not known who will be facing Lesnar at this time, though originally the plans were for a Fatal Five Way Match at Extreme Rules to determine the new #1 contender and thus, his next opponent. Instead, Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley – who were the only two wrestlers ever confirmed for the five way before it was scrapped – will now wrestle in a singles match which could potentially serve to determine Lesnar’s opponent and the belief is that Roman Reigns will come out on top and face Lesnar for The WWE Universal Title at SummerSlam.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter