On Monday night in Brooklyn, WWE held its “season premiere” of “Raw,” bringing in the big guns. Brock Lesnar made his first appearance in front of the Barclays Center crowd since his defeat to Roman Reigns at Summerslam on July 30.
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Then-US Champion Bobby Lashley, who was introducing his opponent that night, Seth Rollins, to the ring, was confronted by “The Beast,” Brock Lesnar to a loud cheer from the New York audience.
Lesnar came out wearing his cowboy look and made a promo in front of the crowd, making little change to his gimmick. But all Lesnar needed to say to Lashley before striking him with an F5 was “good evening.”
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Later in the evening, Lashley engaged in combat and fell to Rollins for the U.S. title. The unknown is the direction WWE will take this narrative. Will Rollins and Lesnar compete for the title, or will Lesnar instead engage in a singles match with Lashley? Could the United States championship become a three-way contest?
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Time will tell, but there are a lot of compelling matchups that fans would want to see for Lesnar, and given that his comeback is scheduled for October, it’s likely that he’ll appear at “Survivor Series” in Boston in November. Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman’s interference in that match cost Brock Lesnar the match and the WWE championship.
The following month at Elimination Chamber, Brock Lesnar won back the title, but the two have never engaged in a legitimate one-on-one rematch. Although Lesnar didn’t explain his attack, it’s not hard to imagine that he wanted to make up for that Rumble defeat.
This was also a tactful way to strip Lashley of the United States Championship title without making him appear weak. Since taking over WWE’s creative direction, Triple H has done an outstanding job of elevating the status of the mid-card and tag team championships. Lashley’s successful reign was the first step, but Rollins can advance things by showing 20-minute classics almost weekly.