Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso discussed Brock Lesnar’s absence from RAW in his weekly update, he reports that even though Brock Lesnar was scheduled to be on this week’s episode of RAW, that WWE has used up all of Lesnar’s contractual dates with the company.
“The PWInsider report from Mike Johnson that Lesnar was scheduled to be at RAW are accurate, but the Universal Champion is already over his contractual dates. Lesnar is also aware that he is losing the title to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, and Lesnar is far more interested in discussing his next contract than being a team player on his prior deal.”
These claims in Barrasso’s latest report are interesting indeed. The last that we had heard was that Lesnar’s contract expires shortly after WrestleMania. A clause that Lesnar had agreed to in his current contract allows WWE to book him for additional dates for more money if the company had used up the agreed upon amount.
Earlier this week Dave Meltzer indicated that there were three likely scenarios that could have led to Brock Lesnar’s absence from RAW this week. First being that Lesnar is attempting to strong arm the company, which he has done in the past in order to get a better deal. The second scenario could have been that there was heat on Lesnar over the picture that was taken of himself and UFC President Dana White this past Sunday in Las Vegas, which Dana posted to his social media accounts five minutes after the start of the Elimination Chamber PPV. The last scenario could be that WWE scripted the show to go down the way it did in order to make the angle between Lesnar and Reigns seem as real as possible, and Lesnar was told to not come.
In regards to the news that WWE has used up all of Lesnar’s contractual dates, this is the first that anyone has heard of this. So far, Barrasso is the only person to make this claim, so take this only as a rumor for the time being.
It seems unlikely and rather odd for that matter that WWE would not have covered all their bases regarding Lesnar’s schedule pertaining to a match of this magnitude, especially a match the company has been planning to headline their largest event for over a year.
(Thanks to our friends at Ringsidenews.com for sending this along.)
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