It looks like WWE viewed it as imperative to get Brock Lesnar back to SmackDown on Friday night.
Before SmackDown even went on the air on Friday, it was going to be a can’t miss episode of the show as Vince McMahon announced his retirement from the WWE, but prior to the show, Lesnar would storm out of the tapings. He would return and end up appearing on SmackDown, but for a short time fans were not sure what to expect.
While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about Brock Lesnar’s situation. He stated that WWE made a deal with Lesnar in order to ensure he would come back and avoid absolute disaster for the company.
It was imperative that they got Lesnar back. The basic gist was – the most famous guy on the roster who was the main guy advertised for the show on Boston, all of a sudden he walks out, that’s the worst that could happen. They made sure he came back. I was not told what the deal was to get him back. The worst thing they could have is that all of a sudden Vince left, and it’s anarchy. Brock leaving and SummerSlam changing would’ve been an absolute disaster at this time, so they made sure that did not happen.Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio
It all worked out in the end, as Lesnar would appear in the main event segment of Friday Night SmackDown, much to the delight of the crowd.
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