According to the Wrestling Observer Radio, it was earlier reported that WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar signed the new contract on Sunday, April 8, 2018 before his match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 on the same day. The papers for the new contract were made on the WrestleMania 34 go-home edition of Monday Night RAW. This has been reported to be a new deal and not an extension of the previous contract. Only a handful of people knew about this new deal even with Roman Reigns sure about walking out of The Grandest Stage Of Them All as the new Universal Champion until the day of WWE’s biggest Pay-Per-View of the year, WrestleMania.
The original ending to the match would have Roman reigns coming off the ropes and getting caught with the F5 by Lesnar, but Reigns was to counter it into a spear for the pin and the win. The signing of the new deal changed that finish and went with Lesnar hitting the F5 to Roman to secure the pinfall. Even the referee also didn’t know about the finish until he got into the ring. The match has been reported to have gone down as planned and no one went off-script.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that that Lesnar’s new contract is not a one-match deal, however it does expire before SummerSlam in August. With the new deal, Brock is allowed to negotiate one UFC fight while under contract with WWE but the UFC fight would take place after his WWE term expires.
The Beast also enjoys a significant pay raise which is a part of the new deal. Brock is set to defend the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on April 27, 2018. However there is a possibility of Lesnar inking yet another new deal with the WWE later in 2018.
While almost no one knew the finish of Brock Lesnar vs. Roman reigns at WrestleMania 34, Paul Heyman is believed to have been aware of the victor. Sources further claim that while most talent contracts are handled by COO of WWE, Triple H and Talent Relations, The Beast deals directly with the Chairman, Vince McMahon. It is noted that Paul Heyman has also signed a new short-term deal with WWE to continue his on-screen Advocate role.