Brock Lesnar hasn't set foot in the ring since losing the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre in the WrestleMania 36 main event last year. The 44-year-old from Minnesota, who has long been the highest-paid athlete on the WWE roster, became a free agent a few months after the most anticipated pay-per-view on the calendar.
Since then, nothing has been known about his future. The outbreak of the pandemic has certainly not helped the parties to find an agreement to continue together, thanks to the empty arenas and the high engagement that a performer of the caliber of the Beast requires.
It was speculated that Lesnar was planning to make his return on the eve of SummerSlam to face Bobby Lashley, but the latter would have to contend with Goldberg following the latest changes. During the last edition of 'Writing with Russo', the show broadcast on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo analyzed in detail the reasons behind the long absence of the eight-time champion of the world.
Vince Russo opens up on Brock Lesnar
First of all, I guarantee you that Brock Lesnar has no shortage of money” - began Vince Russo. “Secondly, I can confidently say that The Beast is making a lot of money even without a fight, thanks to its many sponsorship deals.
It is not true that Brock has stopped working, the money is surely coming to him. Keeping these premises in mind, he is legitimate to ask himself a question. Looking at the declining TV ratings and all the restrictions related to the pandemic, why should Lesnar return to WWE? If he is in an economic situation in which he does not need appearances in the ring, I agree with his choice of him" - he added.
This week WWE finally managed to host its live fans, thus ending the long era of the ThunderDome. The latest episode of Friday Night SmackDown and the PPV Money in the Bank both took place in Texas in front of a beautiful audience.
While there are no confirmed reports, the most likely answer is WrestleMania 39. Well, here's what Dave Meltzer had to say when he was asked about the reason behind Brock Lesnar's absence from this year's SummerSlam: "The Brock Lesnar match was talked about a lot but constantly denied.
The feeling was that Lesnar isn’t coming back for a number of shows right now, so he’d have to lose. And those in the Reigns camp see Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar with the Heyman history as a big program not to be weakened by Lesnar doing a job or doing a non-finish with Lashley right now.
Like I’ve said before, in 1985 that would be how I’d see it, but today I don’t see a Brock Lesnar loss to Lashley this year hurting a 2023 program with Reigns," stated Meltzer.