Update on Brock Lesnar's Heat in WWE: The Company Taking Shots at Him on TV?
Not that this is terribly surprising: The former UFC heavyweight Champion has spent most of career (both in MMA or pro wrestling) being a lightning rod for controversy.
Few could have expected his second stint in WWE to go 100 percent smoothly when he inked a deal and returned to the company earlier this year. And, unsurprisingly, it looks like major problems have developed between the two parties.
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer gives an update on Lesnar's fractured relationship with WWE, noting that the company is absolutely furious with their recently signed star over his UFC outing. He writes:
According to several sources, there is nuclear heat on Lesnar right now, a lot of which stems from his going to the UFC show and their knowledge that he met with Dana White...not only was Vince McMahon not behind it, but he wasn’t aware of it until it happened.
He goes on to note that part of The Big Show's opening promo on last week's RAW, as well as the direction of Big Show's current heel character, is a deliberate shot at the former MMA star by management:
Right now the company is trying to send a message to him by giving Show the push as the "I’m not an entertainer, I’m a badass in real life" position that was Lesnar’s line. The line about Show being far tougher than a fake UFC fighter was meant as a shot at Lesnar.
Despite the toxic nature of his relationship with the promotion, Meltzer notes that Lesnar will likely still be brought back by WWE for his grudge bout with Triple H at some point.
This is something that was seemingly confirmed by WWE's announcement earlier today on their Web site that Hunter would be making a special appearance at the No Way Out pay-per-view on June 17 to address Lesnar's current (storyline) lawsuit against the company.