As seen on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Anaheim, CA at the Honda Center on the USA Network, Braun Strowman left WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar laying after being challenged to the ring by Lesnar and Paul Heyman.
Heyman made it a point during his promo on the show that Lesnar is the underdog heading into his match with Strowman at No Mercy. Dave Meltzer noted on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that the original plan was for Lesnar to retain the title at No Mercy.
Lesnar’s appearance on this week’s show was his last date before No Mercy, which means that Lesnar will not be appearing on next week’s go-home edition of Raw for the upcoming PPV at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Meltzer noted that it was WWE’s call to not use one of Lesnar’s dates for the go-home show and instead use it for Monday’s Raw. It should be noted that Lesnar did film some material on Monday that will air on next week’s Raw, so he will have a presence on the show despite not being there. The current Universal Champion is not advertised for any upcoming Raw shows, including the post-No Mercy Raw on September 25th.