Braun Strowman may not play any further role in Universal Champion Brock Lesnar‘s future storyline in WWE.
Lesnar crushed Strowman in a squash match at WWE Crown Jewel to capture the vacant Universal Championship. Although an avid part-timer, The Beast is once again carrying the championship gold around his waist despite the babyface Monster being the fan-favorite.
As reported by Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Lesnar is expected to defend his title at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on January 27, 2019. At this point, The beast isn’t booked for December’s TLC although he will wrestle SmackDown Live Champion AJ Styles at Survivor Series in less than 6 days. Brock’s opponent for Royal Rumble is yet to be revealed and it could be a multiple-man bout instead of the traditional 1-on-1 clash.
Dave Meltzer noted, “There is a significant angle that is supposed to be part of his storyline going forward. The deal includes wrestlers other than Strowman.”
It was earlier reported that WWE is looking into an interesting angle that involves Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins besides Strowman as Lesnar defends the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 35. However, it could be The Scottish Psychopath or The Kingslayer (besides Strowman) going head to head with The Beast at the Royal Rumble at the earliest.
Braun is currently facing backstage heat that has caused WWE to hit the pause button on The Monster’s push.
The current plan is to have Lesnar walk into WrestleMania 35 with the Universal Title. The Beast could end up defending the gold in a Fatal 4-Way Match featuring Rollins, McIntyre and Strowman, but as per the new report, WWE might have The Monster Among Men do something else than stepping into the ring with the 2-time Universal Champion.
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