As the WWE universe gears up for the highly anticipated Royal Rumble event this Saturday, a storm is brewing that could potentially alter the landscape of this wrestling spectacle. The center of this storm is the lawsuit against Vince McMahon, accusing him of s-- trafficking, which is now casting a shadow over WWE's meticulous plans for the event.
According to an insightful report from Fightful Select, the unfolding situation with McMahon might impact the planned return of Brock Lesnar, a key figure in WWE's narrative arc leading to WrestleMania. Lesnar, a formidable presence in the ring, was rumored to be making his comeback on WWE television, with the Royal Rumble pinpointed as a likely stage for this major event.
While Fightful stopped short of confirming Lesnar's participation in the men's Royal Rumble match, the dynamics of the event present an ideal backdrop for his return.
Lesnar's Legal Entanglement
However, the plot thickens as Lesnar's name has surfaced in connection with McMahon's legal woes.
The lawsuit alleges that McMahon shared explicit images of Janel Grant, a former WWE employee, with a "world-famous athlete and former UFC Heavyweight Champion." This athlete, heavily implied to be Lesnar in a Wall Street Journal report, was allegedly being courted by McMahon for a new contract with WWE.
This accusation adds a complex layer to Lesnar's anticipated return. He had previously stepped away from the ring following a loss to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36, only to reemerge at SummerSlam 2021. This timeline coincides with the events described in Grant's lawsuit, which claims McMahon used the allure of s----l encounters with her as a bargaining chip in contract negotiations.
The promised encounters, however, never materialized. Grant's disturbing allegations form a small part of a larger, 67-page lawsuit that accuses McMahon and former WWE executive John Laurinaitis of a range of offenses including physical and emotional abuse, s----l assault, and trafficking. McMahon has vehemently denied these allegations.