Back in November, Brock Lesnar renegotiated his contract with WWE which added more dates and appearances to his deal. This wasn’t too long after Seth Rollins went out with his knee injury and that just added to the list of big superstars that have been on the shelf for a while. Now, WWE is starting to exercise those extra dates as he’s now been added to Monday Night Raw and a SmackDown as well.
With that, Lesnar is also getting more money.
Lesnar returned to Monday Night Raw a few days ago and pretty much destroyed every single person in his path, as recapped by WWE.com. He didn’t just take out Vince McMahon’s assortment of heels, but he got some good shots on WWE Champion Roman Reigns as well.
Lesnar is now entered into the Royal Rumble, and many have thought that he wouldn’t show up anymore after Monday. He’s going to be in the match, he beat up a lot of people on Raw, and not much else needs to be said.
Still, it will be.
WrestleZone is reporting that Lesnar has now been added to next week’s Monday Night Raw which is the go-home show for the Royal Rumble. Now, he’s going to be there and will probably just have a speech by Paul Heyman.
On the other hand, WWE loves to have big brawl right before the Royal Rumble, and well, what better way for a lot of payback. Have Lesnar show up, Heyman talks a little trash, and then the “Beast Incarnate” is surrounded by all those he beat up last week and they take him down.
This could be done to tease that Lesnar would be the one that ends up winning the rumble match, but WWE does love to tease.
From there, Lesnar may not be seen right away after the Royal Rumble, but it is known that he is scheduled to appear at Fastlane in February. WWE is counting on that pay-per-view to be presented in a bigger fashion and become important, not just a filler between events.
Well, it is known now that Brock Lesnar has also been added to a show in March and it is the SmackDown taping on March 11. He’s not usually one to be on the taped show, but that is right in the heart of the road to WrestleMania and a mere three weeks before the big event.
By then, Lesnar will have already started a program with whomever he will be facing at Mania even though right now, that’s completely unknown.
If the “Beast Incarnate” ends up winning the rumble and taking home the WWE World Heavyweight Title, then things could change drastically. Right now, WWE doesn’t really have a clue as to what may be going on with WrestleMania 32 anyway.
The injuries have really and truly hurt WWE this year, and even looking back at least a year. It’s hard to make up for these kinds of losses:
- Seth Rollins
- Tyson Kidd
- John Cena
- Daniel Bryan
- Randy Orton
Right there, you’ve got five main event talents and two high mid-card talents that won’t be anywhere near WrestleMania 32, and that hurts. It’s no big surprise that WWE renegotiated the contract that Lesnar had and added more dates because he’s needed to boost ratings, fill in the gaps, and make fans stay interested.
Monday Night Raw is going to lead the way to the Royal Rumble and make some of the final statements before the big match. Adding Brock Lesnar to that show and one of the SmackDown events prior to WrestleMania 32 are smart moves and are moves that needed to be done.
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