One of the biggest gripes you’ll hear these days from members of the WWE Universe is most certainly the use (or lack thereof) of RAW’s Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. ‘The Beast Incarnate’ won the title back at WrestleMania 33 and has held onto it ever since, making sporadic appearances and title defenses. The overwhelming sentiment from fans is they’ve just had enough of the red brand’s top title being seldom seen.
According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, fans will have to continue waiting as Lesnar is reportedly not scheduled to defend the championship again until SummerSlam on August 19th. With Money In The Bank coming on June 17th, the next pay-per-view after that is Extreme Rules on July 15th, which Brock has not been advertised for.
Additionally, it’s being said that if Brock has his sights set on returning to the UFC when his short-term agreement with WWE runs out (reportedly right after SummerSlam), he would have to re-enter the USADA testing pool prior to June 30th. Speculation has been that ‘The Conqueror’ could get his next fight on New Year’s weekend, should he choose to return.
EA’s Take: I still don’t have a big issue with the Universal Title not being around much, as I stated last week on the Top Of The Morning Podcast (check that out here). It’s allowed the importance of the IC Title to be amplified (which we’ve seen with Miz and Rollins), plus I grew up on Hogan as the champion and hardly ever wrestling (at least on television). I also still say Lesnar’s not going anywhere, he really has it made in WWE and at his age, why fight again? I’ve heard in the past that the Mrs. doesn’t want him to either, so that’s got to play a part.
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