Brock Lesnar made his return to WWE at SummerSlam, confronting Roman Reigns and resuming their age old rivalry.
As expected, WWE announced this past week that the two men would face off at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on October 21, and if Roman Reigns retains against Demon Finn Balor at Extreme Rules, Lesnar will be going for the Universal Championship.
According to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the original plan for Reigns vs. Lesnar was actually for the two men to do battle at WrestleMania in 2023.
“Although Reigns will defend the Universal title against Finn Balor, as The Demon on 9/26 at Extreme Rules in Columbus, OH, WWE already announced Reigns vs. Lesnar for 10/21 in Saudi Arabia. While that was expected in many circles since that’s the biggest money show of the year and thus justifies Lesnar’s asking price, it would mean a WrestleMania match between the two that was first earmarked for 2023 and then talked of earlier if Dwayne Johnson chooses to do Los Angeles (2023) and not Dallas (2022), would have to be a rematch of this bout.”
Given the amount of money WWE gets for each Saudi Arabia show, it makes financial sense for Lesnar to be on the show, even if a lot of fans still condemn WWE for even holding a show in the country.
Lesnar reportedly has around 8 matches on his new WWE deal, and if they’re all on PPV, that would comfortably see him through to WrestleMania 38 in Dallas next year.