Despite the promise of a Money In The Bank cash-in on Raw this week, Brock Lesnar did not utilize his coveted contract.
A lot of the booking decisions in WWE lately have been pretty baffling. Some of what we see every week reeks of the company being panicked about the drop in ratings and Superstars wanting out. Storylines not linking up from one week to the next. The merging of the rosters via the still very confusing wildcard rule. It's organized chaos.
One of the stranger angles unfolding right now is Brock Lesnar's journey as Mr. Money In The Bank. Last week, it dawned on Lesnar that he has an entire year to cash in his contract. However, his actions last week (turning the briefcase into a boombox) apparently angered the McMahon family. So much so that they demanded Lesnar cash in his contract this week on Raw.
Telling a Superstar when they have to cash in a MITB contract sort of negates the entire concept of it, but oh well. It meant WWE could once again bring in Lesnar for Raw and try to keep viewers watching with the promise of a cash-in. Eventually, Lesnar came to the ring and confronted Seth Rollins. However, it quickly became apparent that The Beast had no intention of cashing in on Monday, regardless of the McMahons' demands.
After brutally beating down Rollins with a steel chair, Lesnar approached Paul Heyman and shouted "Friday." So yeah, turns out the cash-in will be taking place at Super Showdown. Heyman pleaded with his client, trying to explain that he had promised the McMahons there would be a cash-in that night, but Lesnar didn't want to hear it.
Heading into Raw, we fully expected a new Universal Champion to be crowned. We assumed the plan was for Lesnar to hold the title until Friday and then for Rollins to win it back at SSD. We would have been sort of okay with that. It would have ended Lesnar's run with the MITB contract and quickly got his title run out of the way. Now that plan is out the window, we fear that we are staring down the barrel of another lengthy Lesnar title reign.