Brock Lesnar hasn’t been a full-timer performer with WWE for a number of years and that shows no sign of changing.
After returning to WWE at SummerSlam for the first time since WrestleMania 36, speculation has been rife over how often Lesnar will actually appear on WWE television. It was a subject that came into sharp focus on the August 27th edition of SmackDown where Lesnar didn’t feature. This was despite only coming back to WWE less than a week earlier.
It was initially reported that Brock Lesnar had signed a deal which would take him into early 2023, but now more details have begun to emerge.
Speaking on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Lesnar’s contract is for 8-12 dates. The dates in this instance refer to matches and not TV appearances.
Upon Lesnar’s return at SummerSlam he immediately went face-to-face with Universal Champion Roman Reigns. This led many to believe that Lesnar would be Reigns’ next challenger. On the following episode of SmackDown Lesnar was referenced multiple times but ultimately didn’t appear.
In the main event of the show it was instead Finn Balor who again confronted Reigns. It was later reported that this was done to delay the match between Reigns and Lesnar. Instead, Reigns will face Balor at Extreme Rules before a showdown with the former Universal Champion at Crown Jewel or Survivor Series.
In the short term, WWE have confirmed that Balor will also challenge for the Universal Championship on the September 3rd episode of SmackDown.