Brock Lesnar became the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Universal Champion at WrestleMania 33. It has been seven weeks since he was last seen on WWE television. The Beast Incarnate is not scheduled to defend his title this Sunday at Payback pay-per-view (PPV).
It has been announced this week that Lesnar will defend his Universal Championship for the first time at Great Balls of Fire PPV, which will be a RAW exclusive PPV. It has been scheduled for July 9, 2017.
WWE scraps plan for Bad Blood PPV
WWE previously announced on last month’s SmackDown Live taping that their next show in the state of Connecticut will be the return of the Bad Blood RAW pay-per-view on July 9th at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. However, the wrestling promotion changed those plans and decided to name the PPV Great Balls of Fire.
American Airlines Center in Dallas released a new video mentioning Lesnar’s first title defense. This means that the 39-year-old is going to be absent from two Raw-exclusive pay-per-views in a row. In addition to missing Payback this Sunday, he will also miss Extreme Rules, the next Raw-exclusive pay-per-view scheduled to air on June 4th.
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WWE’s intentions behind introducing a whole new pay-per-view are also puzzling. From the video package, Great Balls of Fire looks set to be a Monday Night Raw exclusive show.
Lesnar’s delayed title defense raise questions
Lesnar won the Universal Championship from Goldberg at WrestleMania 33. The Beast then appeared on the Raw that followed the pay-per-view but has been on a hiatus ever since. Braun Strowman was earlier rumoured to face Lesnar but nothing has been confirmed as of now.
This has led some fans to wonder why some prior champions have had to give up their title as a result of not being able to defend it for more than 30 days. Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar can go three months without defending his title and not have any issue.
The kayfabe explanation would be that superstars only have to be available to defend the title; they don’t necessarily have to actually defend it every 30 days. The WWE will have to come up with a pretty good explanation for the fact that Lesnar is going to wait another two months.
Great Balls of Fire will be held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Tickets go on sale on May 5th.
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