An interesting storyline taking place on Monday Night RAW right now is Brock Lesnar’s upcoming Universal Championship defence against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34.
After legitimately no-showing an episode of RAW a few weeks ago, The Big Dog delivered a ‘shoot’ promo where he delivered some truth bombs about Lesnar hiding behind his contract and not caring about the business or the fans.
It all seems to boil down to The Beast Incarnate’s potential interest in a return to the UFC, or that he was using the UFC as leverage to - once again - get a much better contract in WWE. Plus, it has also been claimed that he’s reportedly seeking an exit because the WWE won’t allow him to compete inside of the Octagon while under contract.
In an attempt to get the fans on Reigns’ side, something they have been trying for years and have failed, WWE is making decisions to portray Lesnar as the heel to make the fans fed up of having him around.
This includes him not appearing on RAW when advertised, along with having short matches at live events. However, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has noted that despite WWE going to these lengths, this plan could backfire as Reigns could still receive a negative reaction at WrestleMania 34 next month in New Orleans.
WWE was in Madison Square Garden on Friday night for a live event, and when discussing the reaction from the audience in New York, Meltzer noted that they were ‘ahead of the curve’ as Lesnar was cheered and that could be the case next month too.
According to Ringside News, Meltzer said: "Brock wrestled a three-way with Braun Strowman and Kane. So, I guess the interesting things is that Brock Lesnar was the most popular guy on the show, so all this stuff to turn [the] audience against Brock Lesnar - now, of course, Madison Square Garden is a unique audience.
“When it’s Toronto, it’s bizarro land and when it’s New York, it’s ahead of the curve or whatever it is even though they are very similar but WWE looks at them completely different.
“If that’s any indication, Brock Lesnar is going to get cheered at WrestleMania.”
Obviously, WWE will be aware of this right now and if they’re still adamant about having Lesnar as the villain in this feud along with finally getting the required cheers for Reigns, then you’d have to assume that in the coming weeks, WWE will have Lesnar do some unforgivable things.
This might include no-showing again, but when you have someone consistently impressive on the microphone in Paul Heyman, it makes it increasingly difficult to not support Lesnar. So, it will be interesting to see how WWE play this out with WrestleMania 34 edging closer.
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