The last time Brock Lesnar was seen on WWE programming was at WWE Summerslam, where he tore Randy Orton apart and left him in a pool of his own blood. After winning the match by technical knockout, Lesnar left the Barclays Center with Orton’s blood still on his hands as the WWE Universe chanted for Goldberg, hoping that their influence would convince WWE officials to give them the rematch of a lifetime.
Over the past several days, Goldberg vs. Lesnar has gone from a fun fantasy matchup to strong possibility to a near certainty that will take place very soon on WWE programming. Goldberg’s return to WWE has been rumored for several months now, but another match for him has become much more serious over the past few weeks, especially with WWE wanting to push WWE2K17 to become as successful as possible.
Most of the WWE Universe anticipated that if Goldberg vs. Lesnar were to happen, it would take place at Wrestlemania 33 next year in Orlando. However, WWE is looking to book their match for WWE Survivor Series rather than Wrestlemania because there are already specific plans in place for Brock Lesnar on the grandest stage of them all that WWE officials are unwilling to change them for the match with Goldberg.
Obviously, Brock Lesnar is coming off the brutal victory over Randy Orton at WWE Summerslam, so WWE is going to give him the best opponent for his next match, which is expected to be WWE Royal Rumble in the Alamodome in San Antonio. It has been reported that Kevin Owens is the likely opponent for The Beast Incarnate at that PPV, and the expectation is that the match will be for the WWE Universal Championship.
It’s unclear if Brock Lesnar would become the WWE Universal Champion, but there have been several other potential situations for him to fall into that would lead him to Wrestlemania without winning Raw’s top prize. Not only that, but a title match would keep Lesnar out of the WWE Royal Rumble match. WWE has many choices for Brock’s opponent for Wrestlemania, but it just depends on the story they want to tell.
For example, it has been reported that WWE is still trying to secure The Rock for Wrestlemania, especially because it will be in Orlando this year. WWE officials still haven’t given up on Brock vs. Rock, but that could be a booking nightmare since there isn’t a positive result of the match that would help WWE in the long run. That would be the most lucrative match WWE could book; they may have a different plan in place.
There have also been reports about WWE wanting to book Brock Lesnar vs. Shane McMahon, which would continue to build off the events at WWE Summerslam. A match between those men would be intriguing, but it would also be difficult to book since Shane winning isn’t believable and Lesnar winning really doesn’t do anyone a favor in the long-term since no one has gotten a clean win over him since Wrestlemania 29.
Goldberg vs. Lesnar is a surprise for WWE Survivor Series, but WWE doesn’t want it for Wrestlemania for several reasons. Unfortunately, their creative plans haven’t been revealed yet and likely won’t be until after WWE Royal Rumble in January.
The powers that be must be planning something major if their plans are set in stone this early. A lot can happen over the next seven months, but it looks like Brock Lesnar is going to be facing someone new on the grandest stage of them all next year. Everything will be revealed in time, but it’s leaving the WWE Universe with one simple question. Who would be the best opponent for Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 33 next year?
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