WWE Champion Brock Lesnar Will Not Fight Again This Year
Brock Lesnar might be the WWE champion but he's not going to be seen on television until mid January, something that is likely to annoy fans.
Last month Lesnar captured the WWE championship for the fifth time by beating Kofi Kingston on Smackdown's 20th anniversary show before defending it against former UFC rival Cain Velasquez at Crown Jewel.
The Beast Incarnate then moved shows to join RAW to feud with Rey Mysterio, a feud that ended at Survivor Series last Sunday, with Lesnar still the champion, and it'll be the last time fans see the champ for a while.
According to Wrestling Observer, the former UFC heavyweight champion is on 'hiatus' till sometime in January. His next fight will be at Royal Rumble and he'll only appear to start building up that show.
It's not yet known who his opponent will be but, despite the emergency of Mysterio's son throughout their feud and being part of the match at Survivor Series, it won't be against the legendary luchador.
Mysterio won the US title from AJ Styles on Monday night's RAW, just 24 hours after losing to Lesnar, and he's unlikely to be back in a programme with Paul Heyman's client anytime soon.
The news that the 42-year-old champion won't be back on television for over a month isn't likely to go down well with fans who will see history repeating itself.
Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012, after eight years out of the ring, and he has often come under criticism for being a 'part-timer' in the company.
His title reigns have been truncated by him often being off screens and not even defending the title on multiple pay-per-view shows.
The Beast Incarnate lost the WWE Universal title at Wrestlemania this year, won it back three months later and lost it again at Summerslam, before his latest title reign with the WWE championship.
Many fans have become bored of the same old trope of seeing Lesnar turn up, win the title and then disappear, before getting into a feud with either Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins further down the line.
For everyone's sake you have to hope the Rumble opponent is someone new and fresh.