Coming out of Friday's Crown Jewel show, one of the big stories is Brock Lesnar winning the Universal Championship. Another story coming out of that match was how they booked Lesnar to destroy Strowman. It came off as a burial to some but Dave Meltzer reported that the idea was that Strowman never really recovered after getting hit with the Universal Title by Baron Corbin. There could be more behind the reason why Strowman was booked the way he was on Friday.
Mike Johnson provided some interesting news on a recent PWInsider audio show that might put some of this into perspective.
"One of the things that I heard from multiple people - we're talking 4 different people. There are times where Strowman is negligent when it comes to showing up on time," Johnson said. He added "He has a reputation at times for leaving a little early and sometimes he makes mistakes in terms of etiquette in the backstage in the locker room. Sometimes, as one person put it, he's his own worst enemy and his worst advocate. They would be high on him and just when he gets to the point where you would think the next step is putting him into the centerpiece position for the company [then] something happens and he makes some sort of misstep backstage and people within management kind of cool on him and they take a step back."
Johnson theorized that WWE likes him but they don't trust him and then management decides to pull back on his push because they don't trust him to be in the top spot. The stories about showing up late and leaving early are things he heard in the last few days.
It's ironic because Brock Lesnar has a reputation for leaving the arena immediately after he is done with his segment but there are different rules for him than the rest of the locker room.