With Brock Lesnar walking away from Day 1 with the WWE Championship, The Beast Incarnate will have no time to rest with Bobby Lashley seemingly waiting in the wings.
At WWE Day 1 on New Year’s Day Brock Lesnar was originally set to face Roman Reigns in a rematch for the WWE Universal Championship. A COVID-19 diagnosis for The Tribal Chief put paid to that and Lesnar was compensated by being put into the bout for the WWE Championship.
The match for Big E’s title was now a Fatal Five-Way and also included Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Bobby Lashley. In the end, Lesnar proved to be too much for the others to cope with and he pinned Big E to win his sixth WWE Title.
With the Royal Rumble on the horizon, however, there will be no time to rest for Brock Lesnar as he will surely be challenged for the gold. Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio has indicated the plans in place for Lesnar’s first challenger:
“With Lesnar having won the title, the next step is Lesnar vs. Lashley. You could tell, at the end of the show, they teased that glare with Lashley and everything like that, and that was the last scene. The match was booked specifically for that direction.”
“Big E was the one that was pinned because if Big E wasn’t pinned, and obviously, you’d want to go with Lesnar and Big E. But, the decision, for whatever reason, and the reason is that the people who are making the decisions felt that there was a more marketable match, went with Lesnar and Lashley.”
“During the match, if you remember, Lesnar F5ed everyone but never F5ed Lashley, and they set up a couple of spots, which was the Lashley spear through the barricade. There was the Lashley spear in the ring, although Lesnar did kick out of that spear. Then there was the Hurt Lock, which Lesnar was trapped in, with the idea that Lashley proved he could get him in there and probably beat him, but Big E made the save there.”
“They booked spots all to be dominant; all the spots with Lashley and Lesnar were booked for Lashley to look good while Lesnar pulverized everybody else and destroyed everybody else. So that’s the story of where they are going with this.”
Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley has been a dream match for some for many years given both men’s experience in an MMA cage as well as a wrestling ring.
Lashley previously discussed his desire to compete against Lesnar during an appearance on Broken Skull Sessions with Stone Cold Steve Austin:
“Brock [Lesnar]. Everybody, since the day that I stepped into wrestling, people have been comparing us and wanting us to wrestle. So I think that’s something for the fans.”