Brock Lesnar has been the Universal Champion ever since he defeated Goldberg at WrestleMania 33 in April 2017. This has made him one of the longest reigning WWE world champions in recent history, but fans have voiced their displeasure with Lesnar holding the title over the past few months due to the fact that he rarely appears on television to defend the championship. Lesnar has also retested with USADA and may be leaving WWE soon before returning to UFC to make an MMA comeback. Although Lesnar’s future in WWE remains uncertain as of now, what is confirmed is that he will be wrestling at least one more time to compete at WWE’s huge SummerSlam event in Brooklyn, New York this August.
In regards to my client, @WWE‘s reigning defending undisputed Universal Champion @BrockLesnar … pic.twitter.com/Erul9hcmN8
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) July 23, 2018
Before Lesnar competes at SummerSlam next month, Lesnar will be making his return to Monday Night Raw during next week’s show on July 30th. Lesnar’s associate, Paul Heyman tweeted that he and Lesnar will be back on Raw next week before WWE later confirmed the same during last night’s show. “The Beast Incarnate” has not appeared on WWE programming at all ever since he defeated Roman Reigns to retain the Universal Championship at The Greatest Royal Rumble event back in April, but given that Reigns just earned himself another shot at the Universal Championship by defeating Bobby Lashley, expect to see Lesnar and Reigns have a face to face confrontation, and possibly even a physical altercation during next week’s show.
BREAKING: As stated by @HeymanHustle, #UniversalChampion @BrockLesnar returns to #RAW NEXT MONDAY to address his #SummerSlam challenger! https://t.co/7FzNBdJsZo
— WWE (@WWE) July 23, 2018
As reported yesterday, WWE is now said to be heavily interested in signing independent wrestling standout and former UFC fighter Matt Riddle to a contract. Speculation over Riddle joining the company increased after several independent promotions announced that he would no longer be appearing during their shows over SummerSlam weekend. Another potential sign that Riddle could be on his way to WWE or NXT soon came last night when Pro Wrestling Guerilla announced that the 32-year-old would no longer be competing in the upcoming Battle of Los Angeles tournament set for this September. Be sure to stay tuned for all of the latest news and updates on Matt Riddle and his future in pro wrestling.
Matthew Riddle will no longer be a participant in the 2018 Battle of Los Angeles. Trevor Lee has now entered the tournament in his place!
— PWG (@OfficialPWG) July 24, 2018