That could have worked. Every now and then, you see a wrestler who is a truly once in a generation talent. No matter who you throw at them, it is next to impossible to find someone who can actually offer them a challenge. That was certainly the case with Brock Lesnar, who was unlike anyone the modern generation had ever seen. It was rare to find an opponent who could give him a run for his money, but WWE had someone in mind.
This week on SmackDown, Lars Sullivan made his surprise return after a sixteen month plus absence due to a knee injury. Sullivan had been presented as an absolute monster from the day he debuted in NXT and the reputation had followed him to his time on Monday Night Raw. WWE clearly sees a lot in him if they are willing to look around his baggage, and now we know just how much they confidence they have in Sullivan.
According to Fightful Select, WWE had originally planned a Lesnar vs. Sullivan feud to take place after WrestleMania 35. Sullivan was going to debut in early 2019 and eventually move on to Lesnar, but wound up not debuting until the night after the show due to anxiety issues. After debuting in April, Sullivan would be forced to leave WWE in May due to a knee injury, with his recovery lasting over sixteen months. Lesnar lost the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36 and has not been seen on WWE programming since, during which time his WWE contract expired, making him a free agent.
This could have been a heck of a fight. Check out what could have been.
Opinion: This could have been interesting and if Lesnar was on his way out anyway, it would have been a heck of a way to get Sullivan off to a big star. That is the kind of thing that you don’t get to see very often but Lesnar could have made it interesting. The knee injury changed plans in a hurry, but it is rather interesting to see what kinds of plans WWE really did have in store for Sullivan.
What do you think of the idea? How would the match have gone? Let us know in the comments below.
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