– As is well known, Brock Lesnar will appear on “SmackDown” in the future, and according to information from PWInsider he will do so as Babyface. This will be the first time since the early 2000s that Lesnar will be seen as a baby face. Regarding his contract, Fightful reports that it will last until early 2023, probably until “WrestleMania 39”, and will have at least eight matches. However, the details of the contract can be changed through further negotiation. His first match after his return would probably work with Roman Reigns. Speculations suggest that the “Crown Jewel” PPV to be held in Saudi Arabia in October or “Survivor Series” in November could be considered for this match.
Dave Meltzer reports in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Brock Lesnar’s return was a last-minute deal that was believed to have many origins in its relationship with Fox, the departure of John Cena and AEW’s commitment to CM Punk. . The relationship between Fox and WWE is known to be constantly fluctuating. One of the main problems for Fox is that “Friday Night SmackDown” is promoted over and over again on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service. In addition, some of Fox’s decision makers have a good relationship with CM Punk and were not thrilled that WWE did not offer him a “Best in the World” offer to keep him away from AEW. However, the said officials are also said to have congratulated Punk on his ratings success on his AEW debut. In WWE, circumstances forced him to bring back Brock Lesnar and Becky Lynch and send them to “SmackDown”. Incidentally, AEW is said to have never been interested in Lesnar’s commitment at any point, as it was considered too expensive. Inside WWE, however, the story goes that Vince McMahon was unaware of what advantage Lesnar might have in the conversation. In any case, his return had nothing to do with the fact that Vince or Fox feared he would sign with AEW, but rather WWE wanted to counter CM Punk’s return weekend with a big news story. .
Meanwhile, USA Networks parent company NBCUniversal is not happy that Brock Lesnar and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch were sent to “SmackDown”. Andrew Zarian of the Matt Maine Podcast reports that USA fears this will give Fox a significant increase in viewership. Also, they weren’t happy that Lesnar and Lynch weren’t booked for Monday Night Raw. WWE officials immediately tried to reassure the TV partners and assured them that they would shake the roster in the draft in October.
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