Since attacking Cody Rhodes and Goldust the night after the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman have been conspicuous in their absence from WWE programming. Does this mean Lesnar won’t be appearing at Elimination Chamber?
Heyman has let it be known that Lesnar wants a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity. It was the Authority‘s disagreement with this idea that led to Lesnar’s destruction of the former tag team champions. Neither Heyman nor his 6-foot-3, 286 pound client have been seen or heard from since.
Lesnar defeated the Big Show in just over two minutes at the Royal Rumble, and followed his dominant performance by destroying the 7-footer with multiple steel chairs. Seeing Big Show being helped to the back drove home the idea that Lesnar is the WWE’s most dangerous man (no offense to Ken Shamrock). However, he might not be the top dog.
With no mention of Lesnar the last two weeks, it feels like big man has lost some momentum. Instead of following up on the storyline with Big Show, the WWE decided to have Show return last week on Monday Night Raw to escort guest host Betty White. Anybody on the entire WWE roster could have walked Betty White to the stage, so using Big Show in that role is a real head-scratcher.
Lesnar is a major draw for the WWE, and PPV buys are consistently elevated when Lesnar is scheduled to appear. While Lesnar’s contract limits the number of dates the former UFC star is able to work, there’s still no reason to completely leave him out of a storyline.
The WWE may want to keep his role at Elimination Chamber a secret. If Lesnar does show up, the WWE would hope his appearance at the show gets over as a huge surprise. This wouldn’t be unprecedented, but it also doesn’t make much sense. Given that Lesnar only adds value to PPVs if he’s announced to appear beforehand, the WWE would be throwing away a large chunk of money.
It’s far more likely that the WWE is refusing to mention Lesnar because they don’t want fans getting the idea he will be on the show when he won’t be.
What’s interesting in this case is that Elimination Chamber will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lesnar is billed as being from Minneapolis and currently resides in Alexandria, Minnesota, a mere two-hour drive from the city of lakes. Will we see a stunning surprise at Elimination Chamber, or will Lesnar’s return be kept on hold for another day? Only time will tell.