When Brock Lesnar beat John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, there were a lot of questions about his upcoming schedule. Since making his return, Lesnar has only worked a very limited part time schedule for the WWE and the responsibilities of a world champion would require more appearances. However, much like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the WWE has a plan. According to PWS on Thursday, the WWE taped a lot of Lesnar segments on Monday night to play on the weeks he is absent.
Lesnar’s contract only stipulates that he appears a certain number of times over the calendar year. This means that, if the WWE uses too many of those appearances early, he doesn’t have to appear in any more that year. With Wrestlemania season the most important time for Lesnar to be on hand, they need to protect these early dates. With Lesnar as the new world champion, that makes it hard.
As a result, when Brock Lesnar was on “WWE Monday Night Raw” on Monday night where his manager Paul Heyman accepted John Cena’s rematch challenge, the WWE went to work. They taped a lot of footage of Lesnar backstage that night so they can air this on future episodes when Lesnar is not there. It is similar to what The Rock did as the champion, where he would miss multiple weeks but send in pre-recorded messages to be played during “WWE Monday Night Raw.”
The news also indicated the reasoning behind the squash of former WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena at “SummerSlam.” The WWE wanted to make it look like Brock Lesnar was that much better than everyone else in the company. This is important if they want to make the person who beats him into a legitimate star. They also made sure to show John Cena never giving up during the beating to show how heroic he was.