Following a hiatus that lasted almost 17 months, Brock Lesnar made a surprise return at the end of SummerSlam 2021 — confronting Universal Champion Roman Reigns following a successful title defense against John Cena.
Lesnar debuted a new look and received massive cheers from the Las Vegas crowd. He is now supposedly working as a babyface, although Reigns won’t be feuding with the Universal Champion just yet. Reigns will defend his title on next week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown against Finn Bálor.
Last week, Fightful Select (h/t Ringside News) reported that Lesnar’s WWE new deal has a minimum of eight matches, and it lasts for about one and a half years.
On Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Dave Meltzer explained that the new contract includes “8 to 12” dates. Those reportedly don’t include television appearances. Meltzer also suggested that Lesnar will 1-2 appearances before each match.
This will mark Lesnar’s first true babyface run since he returned to the WWE in 2012. He has received cheers several times as a heel (namely his previous feuds with Reigns and SummerSlam 2015 against The Undertaker). Of course, the whole Paul Heyman factor only adds more excitement to the latest chapter of the Reigns-Lesnar rivalry.
Lesnar and Reigns had feuds in 2015 and 2018. They squared off in the main event of WrestleMania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract that night to win the title, however.
Lesnar successfully defended his Universal Championship over Reigns at WrestleMania 34 and The Greatest Royal Rumble. But the latter finally emerged victorious at SummerSlam 2018, defeating Lesnar via pinfall to finally claim the title.
Lesnar’s Last WWE Match
The former Universal Champion hasn’t wrestled a match since day two of WrestleMania 36. Lesnar lost the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre, who proceeded to spend the next year as the top babyface on Monday Night Raw.