Brock Lesnar hasn’t been on WWE television since WrestleMania 36 and now his contract has expired. The Beast is a free agent and his merchandise is no longer available on WWE Shop.
According to PWInsider, Lesnar’s deal with WWE has expired and both sides are now working on a fresh contract. An agreement, however, is yet to be reached.
In the past, Lesnar and WWE have had intense contract negotiations; while The Beast prefers shorter deals so that he can hike his price, Vince McMahon likes to get the best bang for his buck.
“While the two sides have been working on a new deal, they have hit an impasse and have paused discussions. This leaves Lesnar on the open market where he could, if he desires, field offers from outside WWE, whether it be AEW or other wrestling promotions, UFC, or even outside endeavors beyond combat sports.
Since Lesnar is no longer technically with WWE, he is eligible to consider offers outside of Mr. McMahon’s company.
WrestleVotes is reporting that Lesnar will ink a new contract as soon as he/WWE is ready to work again. It’s possible that both sides are playing hardball at the moment.
Dave Meltzer of F4W Online notes that Lesnar’s deal expired in April and he’ll be back as soon as WWE is able to host cash-rich larger-scale events. At present, WWE is unable to do any shows that would justify his insane price tag.
“Lesnar usually takes his time re-signing with the company. WWE, however, is in no hurry as they do not currently have anything for him until they are able to do larger-scale shows.”
“So Brock’s contract actually expired months ago in April, but nobody knew it because it wasn’t really an issue. This isn’t the first time. He does that all the time. The contract will expire at WrestleMania, and most years people don’t know about it.”
“As far as I know he hasn’t been negotiating with UFC, I mean obviously everybody’s talking about the possibility of UFC, the possibility of AEW. I mean the basic thing is that there was no rush to bring him back and sign him. Usually he would be brought back for SummerSlam, but he wasn’t used for SummerSlam. He would be booked for the next Saudi Arabia show in November, but that isn’t happening and there’s no rush to bring him back.”
With Paul Heyman currently managing Universal Champion Roman Reigns on Friday Night SmackDown, it remains to be seen where exactly Lesnar will fit in if he does return in the near future.