I guess he had an out clause. Last month, WWE held its annual Draft, featuring the talent roster being divided into two separate units, with Monday Night Raw and SmackDown both having their own unique rosters. This allowed for the rosters to be promoted by each show on their own and establish their own rivalries and feuds. The moves were said to be set in stone, at least for the time being, and the Wild Card Rule was said to be no more. A lot of fans were not convinced that the moves were finished up, and it turns out that they were exactly right.
This week on SmackDown, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman announced that Lesnar was quitting SmackDown. The move came after Rey Mysterio attacked Lesnar after Lesnar’s successful WWE Title defense against Cain Velasquez at Crown Jewel. Mysterio sent Lesnar to the floor with a series of chair shots, with Lesnar wanting revenge for the attack after the match. Lesnar was not able to go to Monday Night Raw to face Mysterio, so he quit SmackDown to go after Mysterio. There is no word on if this is a permanent move or if Mysterio will be facing Lesnar in the near future.
This has been quite the saga. Check out how we got here and what happened tonight:
Opinion: This makes sense, even if you throw in the detail about the Draft already being treated like it doesn’t matter. So someone is just allowed to drop their contract and go over to the other show? Isn’t that the kind of thing that is going to cause a problem later on when someone says “well why don’t they just quit then?”? Then again, it’s not like they’re breaking any rules. Instead it’s a case where they’re setting up a precedent that is going to come back to haunt them later, which is something WWE has done many times before and likely will do again.
Do you like the move? How will Mysterio vs. Lesnar go? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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