The WWE came out on Monday Night Raw two weeks ago and announced that they would have a multi-man match at Extreme Rules to determine who would face Brock Lesnar next for the WWE Universal Championship. However, this week, that match was called off on Raw.
At the moment, there is no match to determine the new number one contender for Lesnar and his Universal Championship. The reason that Kurt Angle gave on the TV show was problems in “contract negotiations” with Lesnar.
As with most things in the WWE (and on reality television in general), this is not the total truth. Yes, the WWE has to work with Lesnar on his matches and appearances because his new contract stipulates that he is paid per appearance now.
However, this is just a storyline. WrestleVotes — who has broken a lot of behind-the-scenes news in the past — reported that the WWE is still planning on having Brock Lesnar defend his WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam in August.
The hardest part about booking Brock Lesnar is that so many fans hate having him as the WWE Universal Champion because he is only a part-time wrestler and it is holding up that entire division since no one has anything to fight for title-wise above the Intercontinental Championship.
Despite that, Brock Lesnar is still a huge draw and brings in a lot of eyes to the product. Fans cheer for Lesnar over just about anyone, and if the WWE wants to push Roman Reigns, they have an impossible task since fans will still boo Reigns.
With that said, making it look like Brock Lesnar does not want to fight in the WWE is a way to make fans turn on him. The thing is that the company has to find someone more popular than Roman Reigns if they want to get the WWE Universal Championship over at SummerSlam — maybe Braun Strowman.