At WrestleMania 39 Brock Lesnar is set to take on Omos for the first time ever. But the path to that battle of the monsters has been far from straightforward.
The Beast has been linked with matches with former World Champions, current champions, Hall of Famers, and more.
A new report from Fightful Select has offered a breakdown of Lesnar’s ‘Road to WrestleMania’ and how a number of matches were pitched but never quite came together.
The first name on the Brock Lesnar WrestleMania merry-go-round is Steve Austin. The WWE Hall of Famer was pitched the match back in the Summer or Autumn, but Austin seemingly turned it down as financially the deal wasn’t good enough. The legend was then offered a match with Roman Reigns with a significantly better financial package, but a deal wasn’t made there either.
For Lesnar, the next man up was Gunther. WrestlingNews.Co reported that the match was discussed, but by the time the news became public, WWE had moved on. It is unclear why, or who nixed the match.
There was also another match with Bobby Lashley on the table, but the All-Mighty is instead scheduled to face Bray Wyatt. It was reported that Lesnar was pitched a match with Wyatt but turned it down. This caused the finish to the match between Lesnar and Lashley at Elimination Chamber to be changed.
This led to the match with Omos, although it is believed there’s a “backup” should things change. It was reported by Wrestle Votes after the match was made official, it had been “pushed through” by Vince McMahon. Fightful add that while they’ve been unable to confirm this, a source very close to Lesnar said it “could be true.”
What Happened On Raw Between Omos And Brock Lesnar?
Brock Lesnar and Omos finally came face-to-face on the March 13th episode of Raw, but things didn’t quite go to plan for The Beast. After the pair shook hands in the ring, Lesnar was launched over the top rope by the Nigerian giant. The segment ended with Lesnar backing away up the ramp.