Why Did Brock Lesnar No-Show RAW? To Get Roman Reigns Over

Brock Lesnar's Absence is a Work, You Mark

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Roman Reigns delivered a scathing promo on Brock Lesnar on RAW. WWE.com

The promoted Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns staredown on this past episode of WWE's Monday Night RAW didn't happen. Instead, Lesnar and manager Paul Heyman were noticeably absent when Reigns appeared in the middle of the ring in front of the Anaheim crowd.

Lesnar's absence has led to a lot of speculation whether he was actually on his way out of the company. However, it seems WWE fans are being worked as this is all a plan to get Reigns over with the fans. Watch Reigns' promo talking about Lesnar below.

According to Dave Meltzer over at the Wrestling Observer, the plan is to get Roman over as a babyface when Lesnar and Reigns square off in New Orleans at WrestleMania 34 on April 8. Meltzer says "the most likely scenario" is WWE told Lesnar and Heyman to not appear on RAW on Feb. 26 to put heat on the Universal Champion. This also accomplished giving Reigns a strong "shoot-style" promo to deliver to the fans on RAW.

So is Brock Lesnar no-showing RAW a work? Reigns' promo on Monday showed that Lesnar's part-time status and history of walking out on the company can be used to give The Big Dog something to capture fans' attention and to get them on his side. With about six weeks left until the big show, there will plenty of segments dedicated to Reigns and Lesnar, let's just hope we get this magnificent confrontation again.


Reigns won the Elimination Chamber the night before to become the number one contender for Lesnar's Universal Title. This past Monday was supposed to be their first one-on-one meeting in years. The upcoming match at WrestleMania 34 is a rematch from three years ago, when Seth Rollins cashed-in his Money in the Bank contract to pin Reigns and become the then-WWE Champion.

Are you convinced this Brock Lesnar news is a shoot or do you believe it's a work by the WWE to get Roman over? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.