WWE Advocate Paul Heyman took to both Facebook and Twitter on Friday to address next week’s Superstar Shakeup set to air on both Raw and SmackDown Live.
Here’s Heyman’s statement:
“While my client Brock Lesnar and I are looking forward to WWE’s #SuperstarShakeup this coming Monday, let’s be perfectly transparent. There is everyone else on the WWE #RAW and #Smackdown rosters, and then there is Brock Lesnar (along with his humble #Advocate) ..It is imperative for Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, Stephanie McMahon, Kurt Angle and even Vince McMahon to know the intrinsic value my client Brock Lesnar brings not only to the #SuperstarShakeup but simply to WWE as a whole. In layman’s terms (or, actually, in HEYMAN’s terms), even the mere DISCUSSION about BrockLesnar in regards to the #SuperstarShakeup requires a negotiation IN ADVANCE of any discussion, no matter how high up or serious that discussion goes! #SuperstarShakeup. With this in mind, my client Brock Lesnar and I are “open4business” and we look forward to hearing new, innovative ways for WWE to ….promote / market Brock Lesnar as the once-ever athlete and performer that has blessed WWE with his presence.”
On a recent Wrestling Observer Radio report, Dave Meltzer speculated that Lesnar will not appear on the next Raw pay-per-view event, Payback, slated for April 30, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, despite being originally advertised to be a part of the show.
Meltzer reported that the next rival for Lesnar will be Braun Strowman, who will square off against Roman Reigns at Payback. The Lesnar-Strowman storyline isn’t expected to take shape until after Payback.