Brock Lesnar’s infamously relaxed schedule has thrown his next title defence into doubt. As reported by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, the current WWE Universal Champion is not currently scheduled to appear at the Money in the Bank pay per view on June 17th.
Lesnar is also not booked for next week’s Raw show in London, or WWE’s European tour as a whole. There is speculation that his next Raw appearance may not be until the Albany, New York show on May 21st.
Lesnar last defended the Universal Championship at the Greatest Royal Rumble show in Saudi Arabia, in which he defeated Roman Reigns in a steel cage match. The bout featured a controversial finish, which saw Reigns spear Brock through the cage wall to the floor – and appear to hit the floor first – only for Chad Patton to rule that Lesnar’s body had touched down first.
This finish was widely criticised online, and WWE decided to incorporate the apparent botch into kayfabe, explaining that Patton had made a mistake due to his concern for the safety of both men.
Lesnar did not appear at Sunday’s Backlash pay per view, and with focus now shifting to next month’s Money in the Bank ladder match, no contender has yet been established for his title.
Brock has held the title for over a year now, defeating Goldberg at WrestleMania 33, and is on course to break CM Punk’s 434 day reign (considered to be the longest WWE world title reign of the modern era, although Punk’s came with the WWE Championship).