When Chris Jericho posted a tweet calling out Brock Lesnar for being a little, erm, heavy around the waist at Royal Rumble, there were only two explanations for it: 1. He has a death wish or 2. He was stirring up interest for a future match with The Beast.
It seems it is the latter.
Given Jericho has committed himself to AEW and NJPW for the foreseeable that match will not take place in WWE. Nor will it take place in New Japan, given Lesnar’s previous spell with the company ended with significant bad blood on all sides.
So that leaves AEW, and according to Dave Meltzer the possibility may not be as far fetched as it seems.
It is no secret that Lesnar’s latest short-term contract expires shortly after WrestleMania. The current Universal Champion was signed to a new deal in the aftermath of Roman Reigns’ leukaemia diagnosis because Vince McMahon was worried about his lack of headliners.
However, that deal was signed before AEW existed, so this potential third option for Brock (the other being the ever-present threat of him returning to UFC) was never a consideration at the time.
With Jericho keen to work with Brock and AEW backers the Khan family seemingly having plenty of money to throw around, especially for a major name like Lesnar, there is a slim possibility that this could actually happen. It will be purely down to money, Lesnar’s only motivator, putting him in an incredible strong negotiating position.
Said Meltzer (transcript courtesy of Ringside News):
“I believe that Vince will pay anything not to lose Brock because we’ve seen it with UFC. I think it will be even stronger with AEW. You know Brock’s number is so high, but who knows? It’d be a coup.
Let’s put it this way, Chris Jericho wants a match with Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho has a lot of sway. That doesn’t mean that a deal’s going to be done that’s a stupid deal, but who knows?
If he wanted to fight he’d be fighting now. You know he got the big offer from Vince. He’s gonna do WrestleMania. I fully believe he’s gonna do the Saudi show in May and then you know if the contracts… a three-way dance this time.”
Meltzer also dropped in the snippet that Paul Heyman was the one negotiating any future deals for Lesnar, which is especially interesting considering Heyman is believed to work closely with super-agent Barry Bloom, who was previously reported to be involved with AEW recruitment:
“Paul E is negotiating the biggest three-way dance of his life. AEW, WWE, and UFC all for the same guy. That’s an interesting game, isn’t it?”
The other thing worth noting is that where Brock Lesnar goes, Paul Heyman tends to follow. The former ECW chief has always had a fractious relationship with WWE and the McMahons, so maybe he too will jump ship to AEW and perhaps be given a role on the creative team, which is something he has long coveted.
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