You’ll never see anyone more doggedly determined to complete a task than a pro-wrestling fan attempting to avoid spoilers for an event. Conversely, you’ll never see anyone quite as pissed off as a pro-wrestling fan who’s just had something spoiled for them. Particularly on the rare occasion when something is spoiled in advance of the event actually happening.
The WWE‘s largest show of the year, WrestleMania, airs this coming Monday Australian time. The 34th iteration of the glittering event sports a stacked card that sports, among other things, a wet dream of a match in AJ Styles taking on Shinsuke Nakamura, a hell of a women’s bout in Charlotte Flair taking on Japanese murder demon Asuka, the long-awaited and miraculous in-ring return of the universally beloved Daniel Bryan, and the professional wrestling debut of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
The acquisition of Rousey by the WWE is one of the company’s main selling points for the event, after convincing the former mixed-martial arts phenom to cross over from the UFC.
This whole shebang, it would appear, has prickled the non-existent hairs on Dana White‘s head, because the boss of the “real” fighting company has gone on TV and potentially spoiled (or at least confirmed what fans suspected) the ending of what’ll likely be the WrestleMania main event.
Appearing on Fox Sports, White confirmed long-held rumours that Brock Lesnar will be returning to the UFC at some point in the not-too-distant future.
This would confirm scuttlebutt that Lesnar’s contract with the WWE is up and he will make another switch back to MMA.
The problem with that, is that he is also the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion, and has a title defence scheduled against challenger Roman Reigns at WrestleMania.
Dana White dropping news that Brock Lesnar is coming back to the octagon. pic.twitter.com/FUGHO21i8O— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) April 5, 2018
Reigns has had several attempted “coronations” at Mania where the company has tried to position him as their great hero, only for crowds to mercilessly shit on him at almost every turn. But with an obviously on-his-way-out-of-the-company champion as his opponent, the worry for the company following White’s announcement can only be severe; that kind of crowd apathy is a recipe for a repeat of Lesnar’s other Mania debacle, his disastrous match against Goldberg at WrestleMania 20 in 2004.
That being said, the WWE is always at its best when external forces back it into a corner, so anything is still possible at this stage.
All it needs is a little brains, and possibly a little BRAUUUUUUUUUUUN (pls).
Coverage of WrestleMania 34 begins on Monday at the eye-wateringly early time of 7am AEST.