Brock Lesnar appears to be one hell of a businessman. The news of the current WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion signing a multi-year deal with the company that still allows him to join Dana White’s world and fight in UFC whenever he wants is pretty sweet.
For those of us who were ready to see the “Beast Incarnate” walk away from the squared-circle are going to have to wait a while.
“Current WWE universal champion Brock Lesnar is sticking around with the company,” writes Jack Jorgenson of CBS sports.com. “On Monday, just one day after he shockingly defended his title against Roman Reigns successfully in the main event of WrestleMania 34, WWE issued a release announcing that Lesnar had signed a new deal with the company, and he will be defending that title once again against Reigns on April 27 in Saudi Arabia on the “Greatest Royal Rumble” card.”
It also appears the Roman Reigns experiment is still part of the plan for the main event roster. While Lesnar got the best of Reigns on Sunday night, Reigns is still being pushed as the future of the company while many thought with the loss, this might be the end of the line for Reigns, at least for now.
The win over Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 makes a little more sense now, even if it is still an unpopular decision by some wrestling fans. The news of a possible fight with Bobby Lashley at SummerSlam may have also been part of the decision to negotiate a new deal as Lesnar facing the former World Champion is a different road than the one the company has traveled of late.
Regardless of the news of Lesnar’s new contract, the main event picture is a little heavier thanks to a return of both Samoa Joe, who made an appearance on Monday Night Raw, and Lashley, who had been world champion in TNA.
Still, we have no word when Braun Strowman will become part of the Universal Title picture now that he and Andrew had to relinquish the Raw tag team titles Monday night.
What I like about the current situation with Raw is there is a definitive line drawn as of now between titles. While Seth Rollins is the current Intercontinental Champion and The Miz and Finn Balor have been champions in the past, the three superstars – along with Jeff Hardy – now appear to make up the mid card and will be the focal point of booking moving forward.
The Superstar Shakeup will also help define the title picture on both Monday and Tuesday nights. This also leads me to wonder where Dean Ambrose fits in the main event picture. With the addition of new talent this week on Raw and SmackDown Live, it could be crowded while it looks to be a step in the right direction.
Lesnar will still remain the focal point of the division, more than likely keeping the same kind of schedule as he has since winning the Universal Title from Goldberg. It’s a dream scenario for Lesnar and a chance for those vying for the strap to continue to shine.
“The popular opinion has been that should Lesnar return to the Octagon after serving his required one-year suspension, then he would immediately receive a heavyweight championship match against the victor of the superfight coming up between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier in July at UFC 226,” Jorgenson explains. “While he’d be the underdog against both in a potential matchup, should he recapture the heavyweight title he once held, then the title defenses would likely have to go through Vince McMahon. Suffice it to say, UFC fans would be none too pleased if this were the situation the promotion would be backed into.”