Brock Lesnar could call time on his WWE career after WrestleMania 36 next year.
According to Brad Shepard, who has reported as much via the Oh, You Didn't Know podcast, Lesnar held talks with WWE chairman Vince McMahon this week and informed him of his desire to retire next year.
UFC president Dana White only just revealed that the former Universal champ told him he's retired from MMA and won't be returning to the octagon, as had been expected.
"He told me he's done," White told ESPN this week. "He's retired."
Shepard claims that The Beast Incarnate has plans to walk away from wrestling as well, but wants to have his last match at the next WrestleMania.
“According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, UFC President Dana White told him Brock Lesnar is retired from UFC," Shepard said (h/t Ringside News). "But there’s an even bigger story which hasn’t been reported yet… Brock had a conversation with Vince McMahon over the weekend and wants to retire from WWE at WrestleMania 36. That’s huge.”
If this bit of reporting is to be believed, there are several wrestlers who will want the honor of ushering Lesnar out. NXT's Matt Riddle, though, has already declared that he will be the one to retire The Beast.
That’s been the goal since I started wrestling since the very beginning," he said back in February. "I like to set goals that seem impossible. Only one person can retire Brock Lesnar, only one person can end his career, and that person is going to be me." (It's probably going to be Baron Corbin)
Meanwhile, WWE has confirmed that Brock will be among stars who'll be competing at their show in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on June 7.
What This Means
Lesnar's departure probably won't seem like that big of a deal to the WWE Universe. While the 286-pounder is set for the Hall of Fame and has taken the company to new heights, his lack of appearances has soured his relationship with the fans, who would probably prefer him gone permanently instead of having his matches set few and far between and hardly appearing at PPVs.