Much of the talk over the past week has focused on Universal champion Brock Lesnar’s next moves outside of WWE.
Whether it’s a negotiating tactic, a legitimate desire to compete in a non-scripted arena or both, all the parties involved have been hyping a mixed martial arts superfight between Lesnar and UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones - and even in the very early stages, that hype has fans buzzing.
His contract isn’t up until after WrestleMania 34, and Vince McMahon isn’t going to release one of the biggest draws in combat sports. But seeing as WWE let Brock take a short break last Summer to fight at UFC 200, it’s not out of the question the same thing could happen between now and next April.
It’s with that idea in people’s minds that the Beast Incarnate and his advocate, Paul Heyman, showed up to Raw in Pittsburgh on July 31.
Last week, General Manager Kurt Angle booked a Fatal 4Way for SummerSlam, where Lesnar will have to defend his belt against Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman. Even before the UFC/Jones talk really ramped up, a lot of observers saw it as a way to get the Universal title off Brock and more involved in Raw’s week-to-week storytelling. Now that a MMA return is on the table?
It’s not quite Summer of Punk, but having Heyman vow he and his client will leave if that Fatal 4Way stipulation works against him and he loses... it’s an interesting inversion. And it will definitely fuel speculation about Lesnar’s next moves, and WWE’s stance on a fight with Jones.