Lesnar has been wrestling on a part-time basis with WWE ever since his return in 2012 from UFC and his schedule never changed, even during his last three world title reigns.
The Beast was supposed to defend the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman at the Royal Rumble on January 27 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
However, plans changed and Strowman was replaced by Finn Balor who won a Fatal 4-Way No1 Contender’s Match against John Cena, Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin.
The storyline behind the switch claims that The Monster Among Men was omitted and fined $ 100,000 for destroying WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon’s limousine.
There was also speculation that the ex-RAW Tag Team Champion is still not fighting fit following a recent elbow surgery.
However, reports suggest that McMahon doesn’t want Lesnar to drop the title at the Royal Rumble just yet.
The Chairman also isn’t keen to have Strowman lose another high-profile match as he fears that will make him look weak ahead of WrestleMania 35.
Therefore, it was decided that Balor will be the one to battle Lesnar instead and doesn’t seem likely to dethrone the UFC legend.
The Conqueror will probably make an appearance to address his new No1 Contender via his advocate Paul Heyman.
WWE.com teased another appearance by Heyman that could see him expressing his thoughts on his client’s new challenger.
Balor and Lesnar were initially supposed to battle at last year’s Royal Rumble.
However, the plans were scrapped because management didn’t feel like The Extraordinary Man was good enough for that kind of showdown.
Rumours suggest Lesnar handpicked The Demon King as his next opponent this year and the match was finally made official last week.
The ex-UFC Heavyweight Champion seems set to retain the title and go on to defend it against Seth Rollins at WrestleMania on April 7 at the MetLife Stadium in New York.