WWE Hot Take: The Outside-the-Box Idea For Brock Lesnar's Next Feud

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured Columnist IVOctober 8, 2022

Brock Lesnar is declared champion following the 2022 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Elimination Chamber at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on February 19, 2022. (Photo by Amer HILABI / AFP) (Photo by AMER HILABI/AFP via Getty Images)
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WWE might have unintentionally created a Brock Lesnar problem.

With Roman Reigns already tied up in a match with Logan Paul for the upcoming Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on November 5, Lesnar doesn't have a dance partner for the international spectacle.

But that problem might have an easy solution—and one that helps WWE in meaningful ways beyond a few extra eyeballs on an already-big event.

Think Bobby Lashley. Think Daniel Cormier. Think big, right?

While Lesnar hasn't been confirmed for Crown Jewel, it's fair game to speculate he'll end up there in some capacity, as most legends do. WWE wants the big names and as many legends as possible for an audience starved of that sort of thing, and Lesnar is infinitely more likely than say, Goldberg at this stage of their in-ring careers.

Simply throwing Lesnar into the Reigns-Paul match wouldn't work, either. That is WWE's chance to make Paul an even bigger star, and perhaps another step toward him being a full-time Superstar in the main event scene. It's a chance to develop an under-30 star with a passion for the business. Adding Lesnar would muddy things, especially if we take the time to remember Austin Theory remains out there with the briefcase storyline, too.

The not-so-obvious solution is to give fans, especially at an exhibition event like this, another dream match that has still been long requested—Lesnar vs. Lashley.

It's almost as if WWE has been building Lashey for this very moment, too. He's a former top champion having a stellar run with the United States Championship on a brand without a top title right now. Outside of just how dominant Lashley has been and his tremendous job uplifting a midcard title, there's the obvious MMA storyline going for a short feud.

This is where Cormier loops into the conversation too. The referee for the Fight Pit match between Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle at Extreme Rules told ESPN MMA's Marc Raimondi this week (h/t Smita Singha Roy of ThirstyForNews.com) that there hasn't been any movement toward a match with Lesnar.

Lesnar and Cormier were supposed to fight in the UFC, and the latter's love for pro wrestling is well understood. Now that he's working with WWE in an official capacity, it feels like a matter of time.

And what else would Cormier say in that type of interview? Knowing WWE, they would have already promoted the bout if it was going to unfold at Crown Jewel. Playing connect-the-dots, that sort of must-see matchup might instead go to an event like Survivor Series, Royal Rumble or Day 1, if not all the way to the next WrestleMania.

So the blueprint is here. Lesnar stays out of the main event in Saudi Arabia and partakes in a dream match that further elevates a midcard title and its champion, Lashley. Near the end of what should be a classic, Cormier gets involved to skew the result, placing the groundwork for a slow burn to another dream match.

In this scenario, WWE even escapes the criticism of ending a main event with some shenanigans. It would also make for quite the co-main event, especially with internet fans and media logically making this Cormier connection, which will probably earn the show more eyeballs than normal.

This is the zip code legends usage like Lesnar should have typically landed anyway, especially for these types of events where it seems clear a title change won't happen. He 100 percent amplifies someone like Lashley and helps WWE solve the unified title issue by making the midcard title look even more prestigious. It's a little reminiscent of some of those seemingly forgotten, but amazing one-off matches he's had in the past with Finn Balor, AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. Adding Lashley to that list would provide a huge payoff for everyone.

Logically speaking, there aren't many other ways for WWE to go with Lesnar. Another repetitive encounter with Reigns might make fans outright revolt, and mainstays like Seth Rollins are either busy or can't afford a loss. Maybe letting him make a fast riser like Riddle look great is an option, but it doesn't accomplish as much as a Lashley-Cormier scenario.

While it might fall under the fantasy-booking description, giving fans a domino scenario that creates two dream matches, enhances talent and midcard titles and keeps the main event scene clear is the ultimate way to use Lesnar alongside Lashley and Cormier.