The USA Network which is home to Monday Night Raw is reportedly “not thrilled” that both Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar have returned to WWE on Friday Night SmackDown.
Both Lynch and Lesnar made their hotly anticipated WWE returns at The Biggest Party Of The Summer inside Allegiant Stadium after neither one had competed since WrestleMania 36 in 2020.
While Lesnar sat out most of the pandemic era, Becky Lynch relinquished her Raw Women’s Championship and announced her pregnancy to the world. She and now-husband Seth Rollins welcomed their first daughter into the world in December 2020.
At SummerSlam, Sasha Banks was set to challenge Bianca Belair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship in a WrestleMania 37 rematch. However, it was announced after Belair’s entrance that Banks could not compete and Carmella was announced as the replacement. Before that match could get underway, Becky Lynch caused the crowd in Las Vegas to raise the roof as she returned to WWE. After disposing of Carmella, The Man issued her own challenge to Belair for her title and she defeated The EST Of WWE in 27 seconds to begin her fourth reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Brock Lesnar made fans wait a little bit longer for his own return as he made his way to the ring after the conclusion of the John Cena and Roman Reigns main event for the WWE Universal Championship. With Reigns denying Cena his seventeenth world championship and sending him back to Hollywood, his celebratory mood was ruined when The Beast Incarnate made his way to the ring. Lesnar confronted Reigns while The Tribal Chief’s Special Counsel Paul Heyman looked as if he’d seen a ghost.
Now Andrew Zarian of The Mat Men podcast has reported that the USA Network is less than pleased that the two megastars have both returned to WWE’s blue brand:
“I made a comment about the roster being one-sided. I can tell you that USA is not thrilled that Becky and Brock are on the SmackDown side. And that neither one of them were on Monday night. With John Cena being on the SmackDown side he did both shows. So there were some issues with that but with the draft coming at the end of September, or actually, the beginning of October they’ve kinda been told ‘Hey listen this is just temporary. This is just temporary, we’re gonna shuffle the deck here. The stars are gonna get shifted around so don’t worry.’ But it’s quite evident that SmackDown’s the main thing now, it’s a main product show.”
Raw has long been WWE’s flagship show but things started to change in the autumn of 2019 when FOX paid a billion dollars to put SmackDown on network television. In the premiere episode on FOX, Brock Lesnar made quicker work of Kofi Kingston than Lynch did of Belair to capture the WWE Championship.