Brock Lesnar has re-signed with WWE after a year of speculation about where his future would be: MMA or professional wrestling.
(Sorry, “sports entertainment.”)
After Lesnar beat the Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania 30, it became clear that Vince McMahon had big plans for the Beast Incarnate.
Brock decimated John Cena at SummerSlam 2014 and took the World Heavyweight Championship. Almost from the moment that happened, though, the plan was to have Roman Reigns take the belt from him at this year’s WrestleMania.
But since then, Reigns has stumbled in popularity. Part of that was due to a lackluster performance at this year’s Royal Rumble and part was due to poor vocal and in-ring development.
The character fans loved when he was one-third of the Shield was stale and forced as a singles competitor. The problem came to a head this past Monday night when Brock Lesnar and Reigns came face-to-face in a segment on Raw where Lesnar, the heel, was cheered and Roman, the “face” (or good guy), was booed.
Now some are speculating that Vince has seen the writing on the wall and is ready to, reluctantly, change his mind. That means you can expect the title to stay on Lesnar’s waist after Sunday night.
Lesnar will continue to work a “part-time schedule for full-time pay,” he told ESPN in a Tuesday interview. Considering that he is the only guy on the roster with that kind of deal, you can expect him to continue to be booked strong, and that will mean holding on to the belt for a while longer until the WWE can re-tool the Reigns character with hopes of prepping him for the main event at next year’s show.
From how things are looking, Roman Reigns’ time will have to wait, but re-signing Brock gives WWE a great opportunity to backtrack and book Reigns correctly.
The only remaining question before Sunday night’s show is how the WWE plans on keeping the title on Brock Lesnar without burying the man they’re betting their future on.
How do you think the WrestleMania 31 event should go down — clean win for Brock Lesnar or a swerve of some kind? Share your thoughts in our comments section.
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