With the Royal Rumble now firmly in WWE’s rear-view mirror attention has fully turned to WrestleMania 39. As a result, a number of big matches have been confirmed but perhaps surprisingly, Brock Lesnar’s future appears uncertain, despite his status as one of the company’s premier stars.
Prior to his latest hiatus, Lesnar had been in a feud with Bobby Lashley, defeating the All-Mighty at Crown Jewel before heading off into the sunset. The Beast returned to WWE on the 30th-anniversary edition of Raw and seemingly reignited his rivalry with the star. Then at the Royal Rumble, it was Lashley who eliminated Lesnar from the match.
Although Lesnar was only in the Rumble match for under five minutes, he also squeezed in a staredown with Gunther. It had been rumoured that the former UFC star and the current Intercontinental Champion would square off at WrestleMania. There had also been reports that Steve Austin was offered a match with Lesnar at the spectacular but turned it down.
Who Is Brock Lesnar Facing At WrestleMania?
Whoever Lesnar ends up wrestling at WrestleMania 39, it seemingly won’t be Gunther. Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer cited these suggestions as “false.”
“Lesnar has been confirmed to be working both Montreal and WrestleMania. For Mania, it could be another match with Lashley. We were only told rumors of Gunther are false and that Steve Austin, who they had contacted for Lesnar, had turned down wrestling on the show.”
With regard to Brock Lesnar’s appearance at the Royal Rumble, it appears that his post-elimination angle didn’t go down well with everyone backstage. It has been reported that there is a “little heat” on the star after some felt that he overstepped the mark in the “freak out” that followed his elimination.
Lesnar smashed the steel steps on the announce table, flattened Baron Corbin simply because he was there, and then threw referee Eddie Orengo over the barricade before eventually leaving.