As Draft continues on Raw, Brock Lesnar’s ‘Free Agent’ status shocks WWE Universe 2023
Monday night’s episode of “Raw” featured the continuation of the WWE Draft, which was a night filled with excitement, surprises, and drama. Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque established the ground rules before announcing the evening’s first-round selections.
Before the draft began, he made an unexpected announcement that Brock Lesnar had “renegotiated his status as a free agent,” rendering him eligible to appear on both “Raw” and “SmackDown” in the future.
Lesnar faces “Raw” standout Cody Rhodes at Backlash on Saturday, and the buildup has been dramatic.
This announcement shocked the WWE Universe, and among the free agents, Lesnar is unquestionably the most notable. He now joins Dolph Ziggler, Mustafa Ali, Omos and his manager MVP, as well as Von Wagner and MVP. In the coming weeks, it will be fascinating to observe how Lesnar’s newfound independence affects the landscape of both “Raw” and “SmackDown.”
Despite the fact that Lesnar’s status as a free agent was the centerpiece of the evening, there were other noteworthy moments during the draft. Among them was the initial selection of Roman Reigns for “SmackDown.” In recent months, the Universal Champion’s dominance over the WWE roster has been unprecedented, and it is evident that the “SmackDown” brand intends to continue to construct around him.
In contrast, “Raw” selected Bobby Lashley with their first selection, adding yet another formidable competitor to their already impressive roster. Lashley has been on a tear recently, and it’s evident that “Raw” views him as an asset moving forward.
Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair were selected as the draft progressed, among other prominent figures in professional wrestling. Some wrestlers remained on their respective brands, but others were forced to transfer, resulting in a number of exciting new matchups in the coming weeks and months.
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Monday night’s WWE Draft was not the only event that had the WWE Universe ablaze. The buildup to Lesnar’s match against “Raw” star Cody Rhodes this coming Saturday at Backlash has been loaded with drama.
Rhodes is seeking vengeance after Lesnar destroyed him with a sequence of suplexes and F5s on “Raw” following WrestleMania. Since then, security officers have separated the two, and Rhodes has called Lesnar a coward.
Until his championship match against Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania, Rhodes had not lost a match since returning to WWE in April 2022. After a succession of back-and-forth bouts with Lashley, Lesnar recently defeated Omos at “The Showcase of the Immortals.”