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Reason why Brock Lesnar was drafted to SmackDown, Cain Velasquez’s WWE status

Some backstage news on WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez has surfaced. 

Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Lesnar ended up on the SmackDown roster as part of the latest draft due to FOX wanting Lesnar or Ronda Rousey on the show as their big sports star. 

The belief is that Lesnar going from Raw to SmackDown was decided weeks ago as they had planned for him to beat Kofi Kingston for the title on the Friday Night SmackDown premiere episode. 

As of this writing, the brand that Velasquez will be featured on is unknown. He’s also not currently listed on any of the rosters on the WWE website.

It was noted that those in WWE have said that the former UFC star will remain with Rey Mysterio through the end of the month in order to build to his WWE in-ring debut match. 

Velasquez is slated to challenge Lesnar for the WWE Title at Crown Jewel

WWE holds the Crown Jewel pay-per-view event on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium and will air on the WWE Network.


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