The juiciest WrestleMania rumors for years revolved around the Undertaker’s WrestleMania opponent. Those rumors have been replaced by speculation on Brock Lesnar and the latest rumor is bound to upset some fans.
Lesnar has become the biggest attraction at WrestleMania over the past few years. Fans have grown to expect a big match involving Lesnar, which makes sense given the hefty cost of booking the beast incarnate. Unfortunately it appears that the dream opponents have died up for the former UFC champion, as evident by the latest rumor.
Recent rumors suggest that Lesnar will pick up his angle with Shane McMahon in the coming months which will ultimately lead to a showdown at WrestleMania. If you remember, Lesnar attacked Shane following his mauling of Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Both sides have remained mum since the angle, which could change as soon as Survivor Series.
The rumors picked up after other rumors about a Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar match surfaced. The biggest surprise about Goldberg vs. Lesnar was that the match was rumored to take place at Survivor Series. Many wondered why the company wouldn’t wait until WrestleMania to rematch the two juggernauts. Once those questions were asked, the rumors about McMahon vs. Lesnar picked up steam.
My hunch is that Shane somehow plays a role in the expected Lesnar vs. Goldberg match at Survivor Series. Survivor Series has been used in the past to jumpstart WrestleMania angles, such as when Sting debuted a couple of years ago. I wouldn’t expect Lesnar to lose, but I could see a scenario where he is jumped and laid out after the match.
The rumor has to be a big buzz killer for fans expecting to see the best out of Lesnar at WrestleMania. Lesnar is coming off of arguably his most disappointing WrestleMania match since returning in 2012. Lesnar wrestled Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania 32 in what was essentially a one-sided squash match. Ambrose told Steve Austin on the Stone Cold Podcast that he was frustrated with the match and claimed Lesnar didn’t want to do a lot. Ambrose’s claims make sense given that Lesnar was likely already in training for his UFC comeback.
If this rumor winds up coming to fruition the first question that comes to my mind is how you would logically pull this off. Logically, Lesnar should brutalize a “non-wrestler” like Shane McMahon, especially coming off of a Mania where he practically squashed a future WWE world champion. I suppose they could work a match like Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon where Shane took everything and got in his one, yet memorable spot. With that said, the company has gone to great lengths to protect Lesnar. Why would they compromise that now?
I would also say that the other big surprise here is that the plan for Shane McMahon doesn’t involve Triple H. To me, the natural progression here is for a WrestleMania showdown between Shane and Triple H with Vince McMahon somehow involved. In my opinion, that’s the natural rivalry and match to book for WrestleMania, not Lesnar vs. Shane.
The good news is that we’ll get an idea of where Lesnar’s road is taking him soon enough. With WrestleMania 33 only several months away, any big angle involving the beat incarnate is likely to go down shortly.