WWE is undergoing a notable shift in its association with Brock Lesnar, as recent developments reveal a distancing strategy in response to a sex trafficking lawsuit against Vince McMahon and WWE. The Wall Street Journal identified Brock Lesnar, a former WWE/UFC Heavyweight Champion, as one of the implicated individuals, prompting significant changes in the wrestling organization’s plans.
One of the major alterations involves scrapping Lesnar’s participation in prominent events such as the Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, and WrestleMania 40. WWE seems determined to minimize Lesnar’s presence across various platforms, including removing him from the WWE 2K Supercard mobile game roster and heavily discounting his merchandise on WWE Shop. The indication is that Lesnar may be gradually phased out from WWE licensee content, with no plans for his television appearances in the foreseeable future.
In a related development, 2K Games has provided a sneak peek of the highly anticipated WWE 2K24 video game’s gameplay. Notably, the cover of the WWE 2K24 Forty Years of WrestleMania edition has been altered to exclude Brock Lesnar. Fans can now pre-order the game for various platforms, including Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X. The modified cover reflects WWE’s swift response to the legal situation, signaling a clear intention to distance the organization from Brock Lesnar.
As WWE navigates through these changes, the unfolding events underscore the broader impact legal issues can have on the professional wrestling landscape. The modifications to WWE’s plans and licensed content serve as a reflection of the organization’s efforts to manage its public image amidst the legal challenges involving one of its former prominent figures.
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