Backstage Update on When Brock Lesnar's New WWE Contract Expires
Friday, April 13, 2018
As previously reported, WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar's new WWE Contract was made on the Monday before WrestleMania 34 at the Go-Home Episode of RAW in Atlanta and was signed on Sunday at WrestleMania 34 before the match in New Orleans took place. This contract is a new deal and not an extension of Lesnar's previous deal. Also, very few people knew about the new deal and even Roman Reigns himself thought that he was winning the title until the day of the big event. The original ending of the match was said to have Reigns come off the ropes and get caught with the F5, but he was to counter it into a Spear for the pin and the win. They changed that finish and went with Lesnar hitting the F5 for the pin. The match went as planned and no one went off-script.
According to Dave Meltzer in a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the length of the new contract is not listed as a one-match deal but it does end before SummerSlam in August. Meltzer also indicated that the new deal allows Lesnar to negotiate one UFC fight while under contract with WWE but the fight would only take place after the deal expires and his new deal also includes a significant pay raise.
Lesnar is set to defend the Universal Title against Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia on April 27th and there will likely be other dates between now and August but the two sides will be right back where they started once it expires. It is always possible that a new deal is signed later this year.
On a related note, while almost no one knew about the finish at WrestleMania, Paul Heyman was aware of who would win. The Observer also adds that most talent contracts are handled by Triple H and Talent Relations but Lesnar deals with Vince McMahon. As previously reported, Heyman has also just signed a new short-term deal with WWE.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter