WWE threw a curveball in the main event of WrestleMania 34 on Sunday, as many fans expected Roman Reigns to defeat Brock Lesnar and walk out of the show as Universal Champion, as that's what the company has been building towards for some time.
However, by the end of the match, and several F-5's later, The Beast Incarnate had walked back up the ramp to the backstage area inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome still as the Universal Champion.
Many WWE fans were surprised by this move by the company, as it had been reported for some time that Lesnar would be rejoining the UFC to fight once more inside the Octagon, effectively ending his time with WWE.
News since WrestleMania 34 has broke, explaining the situation, as WWE revealed on their website on Monday that The Beast has signed a new deal with the company and will be working the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia near the end of the month.
On April 27, a rematch of the main event of this year's Showcase of the Immortals will take place, as Lesnar will defend his Universal Championship against Reigns in a steel cage match at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.
If a report by Steven Muehlhausen of Sporting News and Fightful is to be believed, however, this might not be the last time we see The Beast in the WWE either. He has reported that Lesnar's new deal with WWE is a multi-year deal, and he will also be allowed to fight in the UFC since he's still under UFC contract.'
Muhlhausen also states that Lesnar has been under a UFC contract since the announcement was made he would face Mark Hunt at UFC 200, and that his previous WWE contract had options that would have expired in August but Vince McMahon really wanted him to stay as he views him and Rousey as WWE's two biggest attractions.
In terms of UFC, Muhlhausen adds that the plan is for Lesnar to fight once in 2018 vs the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier at UFC 226, but he still has to formally re-enter the USADA drug testing pool and finish his suspension which is around six months before this can happen.
Overall, if this report is true, The Beast's time in WWE is far from over and he still could be a part of the company for many years to come, but he will also still be allowed to compete inside the Octagon for UFC.
This is bound to split WWE fans as his part-time status has always received a mixed reaction from fans, and with him still being allowed to fight with UFC, it will mean he spends even more time away from the ring due to fight camps and to avoid injury for any upcoming fights.
Yet, because he is still one of the biggest draws in WWE, there is a chance he will remain a champion or near the top of the card, which is bound to anger some fans as they'd prefer to see more full-time superstars be given an opportunity in the main event scene.
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