In one of the strangest bookings of the year, Brock Lesnar returned to wrestle on an untelevised house show. The appearance took place Saturday match and featured Lesnar challenging for a major WWE championship.
Brock Lesnar has certainly upped the ante since re-signing with the WWE earlier this year. Lesnar has worked more dates for the company in 2015 than any other year since returning after his UFC stint. Yet in a first, Lesnar worked his first untelevised WWE match since coming back to pro wrestling.
Lesnar returned Saturday night, with Paul Heyman at his side to challenge for the U.S. championship. Lesnar challenged Alberto Del Rio in a first-ever encounter at the Los Angeles Forum. The first-time match pitted two former MMA fighters against one another with Lesnar challenging for the U.S. title in what has to be the first time in his career.
Most reports indicate that the two had a solid back and forth match. The finish came when Rusev ran in and interfered, earning Brock the DQ victory. Other reports indicate that Lesnar hit a few suplexes early on before Del Rio took over in what was a rather short match. Reports also indicated that Paul Heyman didn’t do anything pre or post-match on the microphone, which has to be disappointing.
Was this some kind of a test match for a future program between the two? Who knows? Lesnar wrestled Kofi Kingston and Big Show in one-offs on house shows earlier this year, with the difference being that both matches were televised. What I will read into this is that they didn’t finish Del Rio here, presumably to keep him strong for John Cena’s return.
Regardless, it would appear that this will mark Lesnar’s final date with the company for the year. The match ends what has to be the most stellar year Lesnar has had since returning to the company back in 2012. Whether this leads to an even more increased schedule in 2016 is something to keep an eye on.
— Jordan D. Novack (@JordanNovack) December 20, 2015