This week’s go-home edition of WWE Monday Night RAW didn’t see any mention of WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Shall the Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Riegns match at Extreme Rules stand as the #1 Contender’s Match for the Universal Championship, then Lesnar would have definitely be mentioned on the show given that The Beast made headlines when he returned to UFC over the weekend.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider said, “There’s been some rumblings that Brock isn’t coming back anytime soon. If Brock isn’t coming back anytime soon then when the hell is he coming back? Because if he’s already planning to train to return to fight in UFC, chances are he’s not gonna care all that much about competing in pro wrestling, no matter what WWE is paying him.”
Johnson also mentioned that The Beast was playing things safe for his match with Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania 32 as he was secretly preparing for UFC 200. If Lesnar had to return this year then there’s no reason not to believe that he would do the same thing when he is asked to drop the Universal title.
Lesnar is not eligible to fight in UFC until early January, 2019 since that’s when his USADA suspension expires. If UFC does plan on having Lesnar fight either Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier in January, then it is evident that might impact Lesnar’s status for the Royal Rumble. In that case, WWE needs to get the Universal Championship on someone who will defend it as January marks the beginning of the Road To WrestleMania.
As of this writing, Lesnar is not listed on any upcoming WWE events which makes it a mystery whether The Beast will defend the Universal Championship at SummerSlam.