Rumor Roundup Jan 28: Brock Lesnar To Wrestle In Saudi Arabia, Paul Heyman-Vince McMahon Disagreement, Aleister Black

1. Brock Lesnar To Perform In Saudi Arabia Next Month

Brock Lesnar will be defending his WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre in 66 days at WrestleMania 36. The Beast may, however, need to work another date prior to his big title defense in April.

Bodyslam reports that WWE’s upcoming pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia will feature Lesnar in a match against an opponent that’s yet to be decided. The cash-rich PPV takes place on February 27th and The Beast will obviously retain his title at the gala event.

“A source close to the situation has informed me that the WWE Champion will compete in a match at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia.”

2. Vince & Paul Divided On WrestleMania Main Event

Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship seems to be the obvious main event of WrestleMania 36, but another top booking is currently being considered as the potential headliner for the Show Of Shows.

Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda.com reports that while Paul Heyman is heavily pushing for McIntyre’s inclusion in the main event of WrestleMania but Vince McMahon wants “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns to headline the show instead.

3. Aleister Black Initially Considered For Winning The Rumble

Drew McIntyre emerged as the chosen one to eliminate Brock Lesnar and punch his ticket to WrestleMania, but it seems that another top Superstar was in line to wrestle The Beast at the Show Of Shows in April.

Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE had seriously considered Aleister Black as the undisputed victor of this year’s Royal Rumble but the decision was made to go with McIntyre instead.

Aleister Black was in the running for the Lesnar match. The decision was made to go with McIntyre. It was probably the right decision considering it’s early for Aleister Black but he was absolutely in the running for that decision.”

WWE is yet to reveal WrestleMania plans for Black. Hopefully, The Anti-Hero will enjoy a solid build on the Road To WrestleMania.

4. Paul Heyman’s Super Six

RAW Executive Director Paul Heyman has a select few Superstars on his radar whom he plans to shove into the main event scene gradually. As such, each of these Superstars are in the early stages of their respective push and Heyman is laser-focused on putting them over.

Meltzer reports that Drew McIntyre, Aleister Black, Andrade, Buddy Murphy, Ricochet and Humberto Carrillo are all being pushed in a big way with the first three Superstars receiving special treatment from the legendary Advocate.

Andrade is one of the real key guys. Andrade, Aleister Black and McIntyre are at the forefront of everyone that he’s trying to push.”

Vince McMahon is simultaneously pushing his favorite talents and Erick Rowan is among the lucky guys to be on The Chairman’s radar.

5. WWE Addressed Lesnar-Riddle Confrontation?

Brock Lesnar and Matt Riddle had a heated verbal altercation backstage ahead of the Men’s Royal Rumble match at the Minute Maid Park this past Sunday, and WWE reportedly addressed the matter during Tuesday’s media class at the Performance Center.

PWInsider reports that NXT talents laughed out loud when they were specifically instructed to not call out Superstars from RAW and SmackDown.

“There’s absolutely truth to the story, to the point that earlier today, during a media class at the WWE Performance Center, there was a specific mention of not tweeting and calling out talents from Raw and Smackdown without their knowledge, which got a big laugh from the NXT talents in attendance.”

During their confrontation backstage, Lesnar had reportedly grabbed Riddle’s shoulder to get his attention and thereafter informed him that he has no plans to have a program with him, ever.

“Kid, you might as well stop saying my name and tagging me in sh*t because you and I will never work together. Ever.”

As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.