The Saturday premium live event turned into a sneaky-big deal, and WWE definitely did what was needed to make London get a pretty significant show.
But, ahead of the show, rumors were swirling that we’d see a return of the Beast Incarnate at the event.
The move made sense for a couple reasons.
First, Lesnar is one of WWE’s big draws. Having him come in to London makes that event seem that much bigger.
Second, it’s been long-expected that we’d see Lesnar and Cody Rhodes run it back one more time, likely at SummerSlam. So, what better way to set that in motion than a Brock return at Money In The Bank?
Except, Money In The Bank happened…and no Brock. So…
Why Wasn’t Lesnar In London?
According to a few sources, Lesnar had been planned for Money In The Bank, but as things got closer and some other plans changed, having the Beast across the pond changed too.
Or, to get to the point…Saturday saw a hoped for return by Drew McIntyre, as well as a most unexpected surprise from John Cena.
Having a third big surprise may have diminished the impact. At least that was the concern.
And with that in mind, the decision was made to have Brock show back up in Baltimore, very shortly after RAW kicked off.
It was still a significant return, though I would have loved to hear the pop from the O2 crowd with his music hitting.
While that is the official line, and I do agree there’s some shred of logic to it…I can’t help but wonder…
Did someone involved balk at the idea of flying Lesnar all the way out to London just to do a couple minutes of a run-in and attack?
Opting for Baltimore gave WWE a big RAW opening, but it also cut down on travel, wear and tear and cost.
Plus, for someone like Brock, if you try to maintain the surprise, you can’t exactly enjoy yourself in London ahead of the show.
Instead…he worked the first segment of RAW, and was likely in the air back home before the show went off the air.