On Monday, prior to this week’s episode of RAW, WWE teased that Roman Reigns is scheduled to address WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, with the preview hinting that The Big Dog could be the next opponent for The Beast Incarnate at Money In The Bank Pay-Per-View on June 17, 2017.
However, plans seem to have taken an apparent 180° turn as it was first reported on Tuesday’s Wrestling Observer Radio that Lesnar is no longer scheduled to wrestle at Money in The Bank and it is unclear when his next appearance will be. Dave Meltzer also noted that Lesnar might have signed for more dates, so the possibility of The Beast sticking around until SummerSlam remains. It is quite unlikely that Brock will defend his title at WWE live events/house shows leading up to Money In The Bank.
With Lesnar not listed on any upcoming WWE event advertisements and with no upcoming title defence in the horizon (as of this writing), The Beast will be effectively breaking CM Punk’s whopping 434 days record WWE Championship reign by default. It is to be noted that as of this writing, Punk had defended the WWE Championship 22 times whereas Brock has ranked up only 6 defences.
Lesnar kicked off his Universal Championship reign by winning the title from Goldberg at WrestleMania 33. It is speculated that WWE is building an air of mystery around Lesnar’s new short-term contract (which he signed on May 8, 2018, the same day of WrestleMania 34) to make it harder for fans to figure out exactly when the champ is dropping the title. WWE has also considered the possibilities of holding a dream match between Lesnar and Bobby Lashley if The Beast sticks around for August’s SummerSlam. Earlier reports suggested that Lashley was under the impression that a match with Lesnar at SummerSlam was on the table at the time he was negotiating his “return” deal with WWE.