Brock Lesnar vs. Tyson Fury Was The Original Plan For Crown Jewel
Undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury emerged as the victor when he stepped in Braun Strowman’s WWE ring last night at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
Fans were expecting a clean victory for Fury but WWE had other plans in store. The Monster was counted out as a result of which The Gypsy King was declared the winner.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Fury was originally planned to take on Brock Lesnar in The Kingdom.
However, Cain Velasquez’s UFC history with The Beast and more popularity in the U.S. market would force WWE to throw the original idea out of the window, and the WWE Universe ended up with Fury vs Strowman and Lesnar vs Velasquez instead.
“According to those internally, Lesnar vs. Fury was discussed but never got past early discussions, likely due to Velasquez having the storyline from the past and being the bigger star in the U.S. market.”
Why Cain Velasquez Lost To Brock Lesnar At Crown Jewel
Brock Lesnar retained his WWE Championship against debutant Cain Velasquez at Crown Jewel, avenging his UFC loss from 2010.
The match ended quickly as Velasquez tapped out to The Beast’s Kimura Lock. However, it was due to Cain’s injured knee that WWE had booked such a short match.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted the reason why Lesnar defeated Velasquez in under three minutes.
“Velasquez’s knee was worse than expected. The idea was always for a short match, with the Paul Heyman style Goldberg match layout of big moves, but with Velasquez’s knee in such bad shape, they changed it to a match where nothing much happened.”