WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar is currently not scheduled to appear at Monday Night RAW tonight from TD Garden in Boston, and due to what transpired at UFC 226 in Las Vegas this past weekend, there is speculation regarding his current status and timetable with WWE.
Reports and rumors circulated last week that Lesnar would not be appearing on WWE television soon, his status in the company was up in the air, and that he was not scheduled to fight at Summerslam and defend the Universal Championship.
Original plans were for a multi-man match to main event Extreme Rules on July 15 to determine the No. 1 contender for the Universal Championship, but that has since been scrapped; current rumors have Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley closing the pay-per-view.
Following Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier defeating Stipe Miocic via first-round knockout on Saturday to win the Heavyweight championship, Lesnar entered the Octagon for the first time since his win against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 – which was later overturned to a “no contest” after Lesnar failed drug tests for clomiphene, and was later issued a one-year suspension by the USADA.
During Cormier’s post-fight interview (above), he called out Lesnar, who was shown on the broadcast making his way cage side before the main event started, into the Octagon; Lesnar entered, and was then immediately interviewed by Joe Rogan, who gave his thoughts on the heavyweight fight from earlier in the night between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, followed by some colorful language and the response to Cormier calling him out for a fight.
Because Lesnar “retired” approximately six months into his suspension, he would have to re-enter the USADA pool per UFC policy and submit to screening before any type of fight can happen again. UFC president Dana White confirmed Lesnar had begun the process, but did not confirm when he officially began. If Lesnar, theoretically, had entered the pool within the last month, this could potentially set up a scenario where he could fight near the end of this year.
Jeremy Botter reported following the Cormier-Lesnar post-fight “confrontation” the rumored plan is to have Lesnar vs. Cormier main event UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden in New York City this November for the Heavyweight Championship, although it is unknown if Lesnar will have served the entire duration of the mandated suspension by then:
Brock Lesnar will fight the winner of tonight’s main event in November at Madison Square Garden for the UFC heavyweight championship, multiple sources confirm.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) July 8, 2018
Also per White, Lesnar originally thought Miocic would defeat Cormier, but plans clearly changed.
According to reports from earlier this year, the UFC appearance by Brock was not a surprise to WWE, who were running a house show Saturday night at, ironically, Madison Square Garden. There was a clause in Lesnar’s most recent contract extension with WWE following WrestleMania in April that permitted him the opportunity to fight in UFC:
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