New WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has been rumored to not be defending his title at the upcoming RAW exclusive PPV, Payback on April 30th. According to Cageside Seats, Lesnar is not advertised to appear on any shows leading to WWE Payback and will not be on the European tour which is scheduled for May.
Also, according to WrestlingINC, the possible main event for WWE Payback is Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman and the winner of that will likely be the #1 contender to Brock’s Universal title. WWE has been pushing Reigns forcefully. The defeat of The Undertaker at WrestleMania may only be the beginning until we ultimately see Roman Reigns as the new Universal Champion.
These are just rumors and nothing is official until there is a scheduled championship match announced for Payback or not announced for Payback. Also, the “Superstar Shake-Up” that is scheduled to take place next week could change many of plans.