WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is set to defend his title against Kane and Braun Strowman at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and will most definitely compete at WrestleMania 34. Is it possible that those could be some of Lesnar’s final matches in the WWE?
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Lesnar’s contract expires this April, but there are clauses that could push his deal into August. There are no further details on if The Beast Incarnate is set to sign a new contract, or if he’s considering a second departure from the WWE.
Forbes reported that Lesnar was the highest-paid wrestler of 2017, earning $12 million. That’s not bad at all for a guy who only fought 12 matches, plus the Royal Rumble. So if WWE is keen on keeping Lesnar, it’d be surprising if he walked away from making plenty of cash on a part-time schedule.
Speculation will ramp up that Lesnar will want to return to the UFC, but that’s far from a given. For one, he announced his retirement from MMA earlier last year. Before that, he was suspended by the USADA for failing a drug test.
But with four young children and an easy-going lifestyle in Regina, Saskatchewan, Lesnar may decide he’s ready to step away from the ring once and for all. Goldberg, Undertaker, Kane and Big Show are among the handful of names that appear to be nearing the end of their respective wrestling careers.
Though Lesnar is one of the top and most marketed wrestlers in the world, some fans have grown irate of his Universal Championship reign, believing that a full-time wrestler is more deserving of the title. Nonetheless, Lesnar remains one of the creative team’s favorites, and the only way his main event push will stop is if he opts not to sign a new contract.
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