WWE’s Tentative Plans For Brock Lesnar’s Next Universal Championship Defence

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WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will not be competing at Money In The Bank Pay-Per-View on June 17, 2018. According to Wrestling Observer, WWE’s current plan indicates The Beast putting his title on the line at SummerSlam on August 19, 2018, although that has not been confirmed yet.

Recent speculations claim Lesnar will possibly be staying with WWE if he does not enter the UFC testing pool by June 30, 2018. However, if he does enter the testing pool by that date, then it’s likely that Lesnar will be back inside The Octagon at the New Year’s weekend show. The main reason as to why June 30 is critical on Lesnar’s UFC career is because he still needs to serve out the rest of his drug test suspension from the UFC 200 bout with Mark Hunt. The suspension will remain frozen until The Beast re-enters the USADA drug testing pool.

As of now, The Conqueror is in a great negotiating spot because on one hand, UFC needs more top draws to generate more cash rich Pay-Per-Views while on the other hand, WWE will be having much more money from their television deals with FOX and NBCUniversal, thus making them capable to cough up more dough on Lesnar than before if they really want him to stay. It is to be noted that WWE’s two deals are valued at $2.65 billion over 5 years.

It was earlier reported that WWE might hold a dream match between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley if The Beast sticks around for SummerSlam. Lashley was under the impression that the match was on the table when he was in talks with WWE for his return to the company. The Dominator has also publicly announced that he wants to fight The Beast.