From the WWE Rumor Mill: Brock Lesnar not expected to appear on Raw after Backlash
What's the story?
According to a report from Wrestling Inc, Brock Lesnar is currently not being advertised for the episode of Raw after Backlash even though he's expected to defend the Universal title at Money in the Bank.
In case you didn't know...
Lesnar was expected to drop the Universal Championship at WrestleMania and join UFC. However, the former NCAA standout extended his deal with WWE and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent years when he defeated Roman Reigns at the Show of Shows. He also managed to retain the strap at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
The heart of the matter
Lesnar is expected to not only miss the Raw after Backlash but also the subsequent week's European tour. Wrestling Inc states that he could make his next Raw appearance in Albany, New York on May 21, 2018.
If The Beast Incarnate does make it to Money in the Bank as Universal Champion, he would've held the title for 441 days, surpassing CM Punk's monumental 434-day reign as WWE Champion.
According to a report from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion hasn't been signed through Summerslam which means that his next match could easily be his last.
Lesnar will probably face either Reigns or Braun Strowman at the Money in the Bank show, which will take place on June 17, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois.
In this writer's opinion, Vince McMahon pulled off a masterstroke by axing Reigns' umpteenth coronation at WrestleMania. Strowman is one of the hottest commodities in professional wrestling today and should be the one to dethrone Lesnar in front of a rabid Chicago crowd.
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