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WWE News: Backstage news on Brock Lesnar’s next opponent

Brock Lesnar has a few dates left on his contract for the remainder of this year so, naturally, he will be taking a break and will be off TV for a while.

It appears that the feud with Braun Strowman is done at least until after WrestleMania) if Lesnar signs a new deal with the company). For those of you wondering what’s next when he returns to WWE TV, Finn Balor is next on the list. Balor is booked for a rematch with Bray Wyatt at TLC pay-per-view and Lesnar will be off TV until late October so the match will likely take place at the Survivor Series or the Royal Rumble.

Balor would be considered a bump in the road towards WrestleMania. As previously noted on the site, WWE has big long-term plans for Lesnar at Mania (click here if you want to know who he is scheduled to face at Mania – it’s a spoiler).

So, when will you see Lesnar back in action? He is scheduled to appear at a non-televised event in Winnipeg at the Bell MTS Palace on 9/30. On 10/23 he is scheduled to appear on Monday Night Raw in Green Bay, WI at the Resch Center. And finally, he is scheduled to appear on Raw on 11/13, which is the go-home show for the Survivor Series.

Nia Jax responds to fan upset because WWE announces her weight, Paige chimes in

On Monday, we wrote about Kurt Angle’s response to a fan asking why Nia Jax is the only woman in WWE to have her weight announced during her entrance. The trend continued on Monday when her weight was announced while the other women that were introduced only had their name and residence mentioned during their entrance.

This was brought up by a fan on Twitter and Jax responded: “Everyone deals w/their weight differently. To me, it’s just a number! I am a HEALTHY woman & happy w/my body. Embrace yourself & beauty.”

That was followed up by this nice message from Paige: “You’re beautiful inside and out girl. A true role model and very inspiring. Keep doing what you’re doing! Miss you!!!”

Earlier this year, it was reported that the reason why WWE announces her weight is that they see it as a marketing technique to get her over. During an interview on Chris Jericho’s podcast, she said that she once called The Rock about WWE announcing her weight and he helped to put her at ease. She then said that John Laurinaitis explained to her WWE’s reasoning. She said, “I guess it’s more of showing people ‘she’s this weight and can move.” Jax continued, “I’m literally almost three hundred pounds. I’m heavy and outweighing some of the guys. I’m a heavy girl. And [Laurinaitis] was like ‘yeah, but it’s almost three hundred pounds, you’re beautiful, you’re athletic’ and I’m like ‘ok…ok.”

Side note: Paige is cleared to return to action. Click here if you want to know which brand she will be on.

Big match featuring two WWE Hall Of Famers being teased for Starrcade

It’s been about a week since WWE announced plans to run Starrcade in Greensboro, NC on 11/25 and it looks like this show will have more buzz than any other non-televised event in years.

So naturally, wrestlers that are not booked for the show are going to issue challenges because who wouldn’t want to be booked on a Starrcade show? Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have thrown down the challenge and they want to face The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.

Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson seem to be up for it:

I hope this match takes place. It would not take much to make it happen because the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express were already scheduled to appear and they can still go in the ring. Previously, Matt Hardy suggested a Hardy Boyz vs. Goldust and Cody Rhodes match but that can’t happen because Jeff is injured and Rhodes has signed an exclusive deal with Ring Of Honor.

So far, WWE has announced the following for Starrcade:

Jinder Mahal will defend the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura inside of a steel cage

Natalya will defend the Smackdown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair

AJ Styles will defend the United States Championship against Baron Corbin and RUsev in a Triple Threat Match

The New Day will defend the Smackdown Tag Team Championship against The Usos in a Texas Tornado Match

Sami Zayn will face Kevin Owens in a grudge match

Bobby Roode will take on Dolph Ziggler

Also, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, The Hardy Boyz, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat are scheduled to appear.

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