Right now, the landscape of the WWE is still shaking from the impact of Goldberg’s return to WWE programming had on Monday Night Raw last night. The WWE Universe is still in a frenzy about “Da Man” being back in a wrestling ring. During his return segment last night on Raw, Goldberg officially accepted the challenge of a fight that was made by Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman.
Next week on Raw, Brock Lesnar will return to WWE television in Minneapolis to address the return of Bill Goldberg and begin the build to their match that is expected to take place at WWE Survivor Series, but that remains unconfirmed as of this writing. However, WWE has it all planned out very carefully.
Ultimately, the decision was made to have Goldberg vs. Lesnar at WWE Survivor Series or earlier rather than at Wrestlemania because WWE’s plans for Lesnar are said to be set in stone. The plans that WWE officials have for him are going set to take him through the feud with Goldberg all the way into Orlando for Wrestlemania 33 next year. WWE has something big planned for him at the WWE Royal Rumble.
It was recently announced that WWE would be returning to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas for the WWE Royal Rumble. The last time the PPV was held there was exactly two decades ago, so WWE is looking to make it the biggest WWE Royal Rumble event in history. Naturally, Brock Lesnar is going to be invited to have a big match on the card, which could very well be for the WWE Universal Championship.
According to a new report, the plan is for Brock Lesnar to challenge Kevin Owens for Raw’s WWE Universal Championship at the WWE Royal Rumble PPV in January. Creative plans can always change for a number of reasons, but this news indicates that Owens will remain the WWE Universal Champion through WWE Hell in a Cell, WWE Survivor Series, and WWE TLC over the coming months.
Objectively, this means Lesnar will defeat Goldberg at WWE Survivor Series. Considering that Lesnar laid a beat down on Randy Orton at WWE Summerslam and left the arena with Orton’s blood on his hands, a win over Bill Goldberg would be more than enough to give Brock Lesnar a championship match for the WWE Universal title. Not to mention that Lesnar vs. Owens has been a dream match of WWE fans for awhile now.
The issue is the report above is also claiming that Lesnar will likely defeat Owens for the WWE Universal title at WWE Royal Rumble, which will lead both men into their Wrestlemania 33 plans. The most recent rumors have both men in big matches on the grandest stage of them all. After losing the title, it is believed that Owens will enter into a feud with The Undertaker. As for Lesnar, he’ll be at war with Shane McMahon.
A feud between Brock Lesnar and Shane McMahon will be hard to book by itself, but it will be increasingly difficult if Lesnar is holding Raw’s top championship and it goes undefended during WWE’s biggest show of the year. WWE officials are unlikely to do that, so that means Brock will lose the WWE Universal title before Wrestlemania 33. However, would hot potato booking with the title be the best idea on the Road to Mania?
Obviously, there is still a lot logistically and creatively for WWE to figure out if these plans are going to go through. On paper, it seems that something is out of place and Lesnar will either not become the WWE Universal Champion, or he won’t be facing Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania next year in Orlando. It seems peculiar that he would do both, so this will remain a rumor until more information comes to light.
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