According to the Wrestling Observer (subscription required), WWE and Brock Lesnar have come to terms on a deal that allows the current world heavyweight champion to appear on any Raw or pay-per-view (PPV) event the company desires. Originally the two sides had an agreement for a set number of dates (about four PPV events plus a handful of Raw shows leading up to them) with the option to book him for additional shows at a hefty bonus price.
Now, Lesnar and WWE have a deal that simply pays the champ a flat rate per appearance.
This seems like the best of both worlds. Lesnar's going rate is substantial enough that WWE almost certainly won't be using him 64 weeks a year, but not so high that the company will be too often without the most prized heel and box office draw they've cultivated in a generation.
All of this leads to the question: Would you prefer your champion appear rarely, like was originally thought when Lesnar won the strap (four times a year), or would you like to see him show up sporadically, maybe for 6-9 PPVs a year?
All of this discussion may be moot, however, seeing as rumors point to Lesnar dropping the title at WrestleMania 31 (which is only seven months away). This deal might have been a way for Lesnar to work through this fall at a time when WWE ratings regularly struggle against the NFL and while the company is trying desperately to secure its million+ subscribers to the WWE Network.
Can we expect to see Lesnar competing inside Hell in a Cell? Will he defend the title at Survivor Series too?
Sound off, Cagesiders.
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