World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) association with Brock Lesnar has always come under a lot of media and fans scrutiny, espicially the manner in which the wrestling company has been handling the contract situation, allowing the former UFC Champion to have it his way and only make special appearances on RAW and mostly wrestle on pay-per-view events. In the past, there have been several wrestlers to express their concern over this ‘flexibility’ that Lesnar is privileged to. Most recently Seth Rollins questioned the contract situation with Lesnar, pointing how the Universal champion does not show up in Live events, stating how a champion should ideally make his presence in every show but that’s not the case with Lesnar.
Former champion Roman Reigns had to relinquish his title due to his ongoing battle with Leukaemia, following which it was won by Brock Lesnar.
Speaking to WrestlingInc he said, “I understand it, I understand Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s our Universal Champion and he hasn’t been on Monday Night RAW in some time,” Rollins told the hosts of Rock 103.5 in San Diego via WrestlingInc.
“From my perspective, as a person who’s on every show, every week, I’m out on the live events trying to bring people in to see these shows, it’s slightly insulting to me that he’s our champion and he’s the face of our show, and he’s not at our live events. So people who watch the television shows, now they’re not getting the same thing when they come to the live events. So it makes it hard for us, as a team, to sell tickets.”
Seth Rollins even went on to question the authenticity of the Universal title and if at all Brock Lesnar is doing justice to it.
I think the champion makes the championship, so what I do is, every week I try to be the champion that the show needs since the one we’ve got isn’t around to be that champion,” Rollins said.
“So yes, the Intercontinental Championship is the championship of RAW and has been for the last year because that’s about how long Lesnar has been Universal Champion, off and on,” he said.