WWE has been forced to completely scrap whatever plans they previously had for WrestleMania 32 over the last couple of weeks, mainly due to both Randy Orton, and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins getting injured.
Both Orton and Rollins are expected to miss WrestleMania 32, as Rollins will likely be out of action until next summer, and Orton may be out of action until 2017, depending on the severity of his neck injury.
There were some who believed that Seth Rollins would end up facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32, due to the two of them having unfinished business. But now, with Rollins being on the shelf for the next nine months, that match can’t happen.
As for Orton, no one really knew who WWE was planning on putting him in the ring with at WrestleMania 32, but there were some fans hoping to eventually see “The Viper” take on “The Beast” Brock Lesnar at some point in the future.
So with two potential WrestleMania opponents for Brock Lesnar being forced out of the picture due to injury, and with two other huge names — The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin — not being able to wrestle at the event, many wondered who Lesnar would be squaring off with next spring.
It was reported earlier this week that WWE was considering having Kevin Owens be Brock Lesnar’s opponent at WrestleMania 32, which is a rumor that has picked up a lot of steam over the last couple of days.
On Thursday’s Wrestling Observer Live, Dave Meltzer was asked about the Lesnar vs. Owens at WrestleMania rumor, and he seemed to be skeptical that WWE was planning on going in that direction, pointing to the fact that Owens hasn’t exactly been positioned as a guy who should be in the ring with Brock Lesnar at WWE’s biggest show of the year.
Furthermore, Meltzer added that Brock Lesnar hasn’t been told who his WrestleMania opponent will be. So, if it is in fact going to be Owens, “The Beast” hasn’t been made aware of that.
“All I know is that Brock Lesnar [hasn’t been told he’s wrestling Kevin Owens]. I’m not saying it’s true or not true, I’m just saying that Brock doesn’t know. Right now I would be very skeptical of it because Kevin Owens isn’t positioned in a way to be… You know, a guy who keeps walking out on mid-card guys is now challenging Brock? No. If they put Kevin on a tear and he gets over? Yeah. But I’m really skeptical of that one because, if that was the case, we’ll know right away, because if they’re building him for Brock, they’ll put him on a tear.”
As for other potential opponents for Lesnar on WWE’s grandest stage, well, there’s not a whole lot of other options.
Some have thrown out the idea of a Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar WWE World Heavyweight Championship rematch. Of course, if that is the plan, that would mean that Reigns would have to win the title before WrestleMania, which is likely WWE’s plan, and then Lesnar would have to win the 2016 Royal Rumble, which doesn’t seem too far fetched.
WWE’s main concern is the WrestleMania audience, and whether or not they’ll choose to cheer or boo Roman Reigns. There’s a feeling that, if WWE puts Reigns in the ring with Lesnar again, the crowd will once again boo Reigns out of the stadium, which is something that WWE doesn’t want.
Other than Reigns and Owens, there doesn’t seem to be anyone else on the table for Lesnar next spring. Even if WWE is somehow able to bring someone from the past out of retirement, like Steve Austin or Goldberg, neither man is likely to get in the ring with “The Beast” at WrestleMania 32.
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