UPDATE: After initial reports suggested that Brock Lesnar and WWE are at odds, PWInsider.com confirmed that there were indeed issues between the company and their champion.
Lesnar, 37, was reportedly seen visibly angry backstage, according to a source in the report. Also, “The Beast Incarnate” allegedly left the event prior to its conclusion on the same private that he arrived in.
At the current time, the former UFC champion is at home and not present at tonight’s SmackDown tapings. And, there is more solid news as to what prompted Lesnar to walk out.
The same report cites an issue in the business relationship between Lesnar and WWE, rather than a creative dispute. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon apparently brought up the issue briefly at a production meeting today.
March 9 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is Lesnar’s next scheduled appearance. Thus, giving both sides an ample amount of time to work out any issues.
ORIGINAL: Last night on Monday Night RAW from Nashville, Tennessee, the absence of one man raised a lot of eyebrows. As reported prior to the event, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were set to address 2015 Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns. However, only Heyman made an appearance in a promo segment with Reigns.
Which raised the question, why did the champion not make an appearance? There is more to the story than meets the eye.
For starters, Heyman tweeted out the night before that he and his client were due to appear on RAW.
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) February 23, 2015
Besides Heyman, the WWE’s social media accounts were promoting an appearance from both the Advocate and the Beast as late as 7:30 pm.
— WWE (@WWE) February 23, 2015
And, much like his tweet indicated, LordsOfPain confirmed that Lesnar was indeed backstage at last night’s broadcast. Therefore, if he was backstage, why did the company elect not to have appear on television to promote the main event bout at WrestleMania? Although no definite answers exist, there appears to be some sort of rift between WWE and Lesnar.
In the same report, LOP mentioned that Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer heard that there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye with Lesnar. Whatever the issue is, WWE officials reportedly don’t want news of the issue being leaked to the public. Simply put, Meltzer stated that “something happened” at the RAW taping.
From the looks of it, this isn’t a simple misunderstanding or small tiff, but rather a legitimate problem. The road to WrestleMania is entering the home stretch, and to not have your champion appear when he’s backstage nonetheless sounds troubling.
There have been a flurry of rumors suggesting that Lesnar’s run with the company could come to a close at WrestleMania. A return to the sport of MMA has been the biggest rumor, with a return to UFC being likely. However, it’s not WrestleMania yet, and Lesnar still has to get to the grandest stage of them all. Also, Lesnar appears infrequently as-is, which makes him not appearing on RAW leading up to WrestleMania more questionable.
Since returning to WWE in 2012, reports have described Lesnar as easy to work with. However, he’s a big money athlete who wrestles to line his pockets. Could the issue be a monetary one? It’s certainly plausible and if it is, WWE needs to do what is necessary to get Lesnar to WrestleMania and deal with any issues at that point.
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