Some fans were a little thrown off when Monday Night RAW General Manager Kurt Angle announced that the multi-man match at Extreme Rules to determine the No. 1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title at SummerSlam had been cancelled.
Angle cited “contractual issues” with Lesnar as the reason for the decision. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter sheds some light on the situation. Meltzer reports that Lesnar’s “contractual issues” is a storyline. The current plan has Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley going down at Extreme Rules, and the winner being Lesnar’s opponent at SummerSlam.
Apparently the idea behind suggesting Lesnar has “contractual issues” is to get Lesnar booed by fans and make it seem as though he’s heading to the UFC with the Universal Championship. WWE would like to push the narrative towards hardcore fans that Lensar refuses to drop the title before he leaves WWE.
WWE also wants to keep having Superstars tell Roman Reigns that he doesn’t deserve another shot at Lesnar because of all the times he has failed in attempt to get fans to be sympathetic towards The Big Dog. If they cant get sympathy from fans, at the very least they’d like to get Reigns some “grudging admiration” when he finally dethrones The Beast.
As for Lesnar’s UFC future, we should know in the next few days whether or not he has re-entered the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug testing pool. This should provide some insight into whether or not he will be fighting the winner of Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 206 next weekend.