Brock Lesnar shocked the WWE Universe last night when he defeated a (very) bloody Roman Reigns to retain his Universal Championship at Sunday’s WrestleMania 34. Well, “The Beast” just surprised us again, as Lesnar has unexpectedly re-signed with WWE.
A person with knowledge of the new agreement tells TheWrap exclusively that Lesnar’s on-screen manager Paul Heyman is also part of the package deal.
The contract sounds like it is of the short-term variety, which would make sense, as Lesnar is still serving his one-year suspension from the UFC for a failed drug test. That timeout should expire this year.
Lesnar is now set to defend his title later this month against Reigns in a steel cage match in Saudi Arabia, Vince McMahon’s pro-wrestling promotion revealed on Monday ahead of flagship show “Raw.”
The April 27 event will also feature the first-ever 50-man “Greatest Royal Rumble” match, John Cena vs. Triple H, and six championship matches in addition to Lesnar-Reigns. It is intended to be the first event as part of a longterm partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“The Greatest Royal Rumble,” which takes place at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will air April 27 starting a 7/6c on WWE Network. The show will be available on pay-per-view outside of the Middle East.
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