To say that a lot of members of the WWE Universe were disappointed when Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman last Friday at Crown Jewel to win the vacant Universal Championship would likely be the understatement of the year.
After a reign that lasted over a year, fans were beyond annoyed with Lesnar carrying Monday Night RAW’s top title leading up to Roman Reigns winning it at SummerSlam in August, but the decision to put the championship back on Brock due to Reigns’ illness has left those same fans downright angry. For those who have still been able to use logic and reason while looking at the situation, it’s appeared as if the long-term plan is for Strowman to be built to a big victory over Lesnar for the Universal Championship, but a new report has led to speculation that there was a different reason for the Crown Jewel result.
According to Mike Johnson on PWInsider Elite audio, ‘The Monster Among Men’ has been having what some may consider a bit of a behavioral issue by arriving to events late and then departing early. While Johnson is not the one indicating this has anything to do with ‘The Beast Incarnate’ getting the Universal Title instead of Braun, it has certainly spawned those who are drawing that conclusion. Of course, that is not confirmed and is merely speculation.
EA’s Take: I can definitely envision WWE wanting to send a message to Strowman about arriving late/leaving early if this has been a reoccurring issue, which it likely is if we’re hearing about it. To me, that means he’s probably been spoken to or possibly even punished in some fashion over it previously (like a fine, for example). That’s the only way I think WWE would ever let something going on behind-the-scenes affect an important spot like that. Especially right now with Roman’s absence.
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