Brock Lesnar rejected partnering with this former WWE World Champion

Brock Lesnar specifically mentioned a former WWE Universal Champion he didn’t want to work with, according to “Road Dogg” Brian James on his new Oh you didn’t know? podcast. James previously claimed that Lesnar rejected partnering with Jinder Mahal during the 2017 Survivor series pay-per-view, prompting WWE to let AJ Styles win the championship shortly before the event so he could face “The Beast”. James said in August: “Brock said, ‘I’m not working with him.’ Look, he said that about several people.”

James clarified in the new episode that it wasn’t so much that Lesnar didn’t want to work with Mahal, but rather that he believed he could get a better match out of Styles. And since his matchup with “The Phenomenal One” received huge praise, he was probably right.

Brock Lesnar prefers AJ Styles, doesn’t want to work with Kevin Owens

“I want to clarify, it’s not that he didn’t want to work with Jinder. It’s that he really thought he could have a better match with AJ. So I wanted that to be clear. Like because look, I don’t believe I ever heard Brock say I don’t want to [to]”I don’t work with that man,” James said.

He then specifically noted that Lesnar did point out Kevin Owens as someone he didn’t want to wrestle with, but didn’t say what Lesnar’s reasoning was: “Well, I did, I did hear that with Kevin Owens, but only with him.”

“Look, Brock is that kind of talent, I just talked about, has a special relationship with Vince. And so they apparently had a conversation and, and a decision, a creative decision was made. We’re going in for AJ Styles as champion this tournament on Night of Champions,” he added.

WWE Survivor Series WarGames 2022 Map

  • Men’s Survivor Series WarGames: Roman Reigns, Solo Sikoa, Sami Zayn & The Usos vs. Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch
  • Women’s Survivor Series WarGames: Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim & TBD vs. Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Nikki Cross & Rhea Ripley
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey vs Shotzi
  • United States Championship: Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory
  • AJ Styles vs Finn Balor

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