The WWE has to find a way to keep current Universal Champion Brock Lesnar under contract.
Although it’s been rumored that Lesnar will take a leave from the company when his contract expires after WrestleMania 34, WWE has stepped up how many dates he works per year.
This was an agreement that the two sides made when Lesnar signed his latest contract in 2016 before WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas.
The belief was that Lesnar could be under contract with the sports entertainment company through SummerSlam in August. However, that may have just changed thanks to future advertising.
Photos of SummerSlam tickets have been released on social media and lists former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, WWE Champion AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, Sasha Banks, Roman Reigns, The Usos, Seth Rollins, Shinsuke Nakamura, Naomi, Charlotte Flair, Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Lesnar is nowhere to be seen on the tickets and the belief within the sports entertainment company is that the reason he is not featured is due to the fact that he won’t be under contract at the point.
There’s even a chance that he may be leaving the company.
Summerslam is scheduled to take place on August 19th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets.
Both Raw and SmackDown rosters will be featured on the card. This event will have a four-hour main card with a two-hour pre-show.
When Lesnar signed with WWE and later made his main roster debut in 2002, he was a young prospect, who was pushed heavily.
He was an amateur wrestler and made the transition into pro wrestling very quickly. There are only a handful of guys that have made the transition and had major success. Lesnar is one and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle is another.
Although he was pushed to the moon by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and the WWE creative team, Lesnar was not one who liked to be on the road. In WWE, you are on the road for at least 300 days a year if not more.
That is taxing on someone’s body as well as the mind. Thus, Lesnar saw the exit door and took it following his match with Bill Goldberg at WrestleMania 20 in 2004.
After briefly competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling and having a successful run in the UFC, the current WWE champion decided to return home.
Lesnar returned to WWE on April 2, 2012, on Raw, as a villain, by confronting and delivering an F-5 to John Cena. This move made sense for both sides. WWE needed star power, and Lesnar got paid extremely well for working a limited schedule.
Since he returned to the company, Lesnar has slowly but surely started working more events that include TV, PPV (pay-per-view) and house shows.
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