Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
Brock Lesnar Finished With WWE?
Brock Lesnar’s WWE future was always going to be one of the most hotly discussed topics at the start of 2018. His current contract with the company expires after Wrestlemania 34, and many fans expect him to say goodbye to the squared circle after the event.
Lesnar has, on several occasions, expressed a desire to return to UFC, and a tweet from UFC owner Dana White only added fuel to that fire this weekend.
— Dana White (@danawhite) February 26, 2018
Lesnar was then absent from this week’s Raw, despite being initially advertised, and instead, Reigns just cut a promo attacking Lesnar’s approach to the WWE.
Mike Barrasso, of Sports Illustrated, is now reporting that Lesnar has supposedly used up all of his contractual dates with the WWE, and that Lesnar is more interested in discussing a new deal, as opposed to working on his current one, which only adds to the speculation that he is looking to leave the company. This is disappointing from a fan’s perspective and does beg the question as to whether or not we really need Lesnar around that much. Lesnar is 41 years old now, and a deal with UFC may be a case of now or never for the former Champion.
Rusev Shoots on Smackdown Roster
Happy Rusev Days, everyone! Rusev has been largely absent from Smackdown over the last couple of weeks, and the Bulgarian Brute has taken to Twitter, and to his wife, Lana’s, Twitter to attack several members of the Smackdown Roster, and the creative team.
— Rusev (@RusevBUL) February 28, 2018
Let it be know that @RusevBUL is more over than Nakamura, AJ, Roman Reigns & #RusevDay deserves to be @WWE champion and main eventing #Wrestlemania ! #SDLive if you are the land of the opportunities then give my husband his rightful opportunity!Or are we selling PROPAGANDA again?
— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) February 28, 2018
This is an interesting development from Rusev. It is highly probable that the whole thing is a work, and that the company are trying to reboot the storyline that they ditched last year in favour of a Jinder Mahal push. This comes at a strange time for Rusev, though, when his ‘Rusev Day’ gimmick is taking off, and he is really beginning to get over as a face. The company has a habit of hijacking organic pushes though. Either that or the company want Rusev to feud with Shane in the near future.
Big Show’s Contract Expired?
Sportskeeda is speculating that as of today, The Big Show’s contract with the WWE has expired. Big Show signed a contract extension with the company last year, which would see him signed with the company until the end of February 2018, which means that as of today, he is no longer an employee of the company.
If this is the case, this would prove to be an unceremonious send-off for one of the company’s longest-serving wrestlers, and it seems likely that they would like to give him a short-term deal so he can goodbye to the fans during Wrestlemania season.