After Vince McMahon’s shocking retirement before last week’s SmackDown, The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar walked out before SmackDown started. It was reported that Lesnar said something along the lines, “if he’s gone, I’m gone.” Lesnar did appear at the end of last week’s show, though word now is that a lucrative deal compelled the Beast Incarnate to come back.
According to Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Lesnar walked away the moment McMahon’s retirement began circulating backstage. Meltzer stated that the company “made a deal” that compelled the star to return at least for the final few minutes of the show. No word on what the deal entailed, but others consider this a brilliant business move on his part.
The belief was that when Lesnar walked out, management kept in contact with him and made a deal with him to return. Whether Lesnar was just mad at McMahon being gone, since McMahon had a special relationship with him, or some speculated that it was brilliant business on his part in reading the situation, is unknown because the only person who knows would never reveal what was in his mind when he left.
Under McMahon, Lesnar pretty much did whatever he wanted since he and Roman Reigns fit Vince’s parameters of what the top guys should be and look and be like and there was nobody else like him. This was made even stronger by the knowledge Lesnar could leave any time, and McMahon greatly respected his UFC success making him a bigger mainstream sports name.
Lesnar is scheduled to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship tomorrow night at SummerSlam. There has been speculation whether WWE would find a quick replacement if Lesnar decided not to return. Some speculated that the replacement could’ve been Goldberg; however, all of that seems mute now.
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