2024 has been the year of Brock Lesnar. Despite not appearing on the WWE program since SummerSlam 2023, his involvement in the Vince McMahon scandal made him the talk of the town. Headlines upon headlines about his involvement or return to the WWE have been all over the internet. Today, ahead of Mania XL, a photo of Nick Khan with a Lesnar look-alike took the internet by storm.

Fans have been speculating that the WWE is currently trying to get Lesnar back to the company for a retirement match. This, along with his Easter egg during Dwayne Johnson‘s appearance on WWE RAW, has fans hopeful.

Nick Khan at Bloodsport with Josh Barnett leads to Brock Lesnar rumors


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WWE President Nick Khan was at GCW’s Bloodsport X event. Here, he was spotted talking to Josh Barnett behind the scenes. Barnett faced off against John Hennigan at the event. Even WWE’s Shayna Baszler clashed with TNA’s Masha Slamovich and won. In attendance were Braun Strowman, Nia Jax, and CM Punk. However, none generated more attention than Khan and Barnett’s photo posted with the caption, “Nick Khan spotted with Brock Lesnar.”

The reason the image gained attention was that, at first glance, Barnett looked like Lesnar. From the back, though The Beast’s iconic back tattoos were missing, many felt like it was The Beast. The internet flooded the comment section with questions about who the person was. There was a bit of hope from the fans that it was, in fact, Lesnar that the WWE president was talking to.


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As mentioned above, the WWE Universe has been scrutinizing everything under a microscope to find any hint that The Beast will be back. According to WWE insiders, Lesnar was set to face Gunther at Mania XL. Fans are still hoping that he will show up at Mania, but nothing is confirmed.

Will the WWE bring Lesnar back even after the scandal?

Fans of The Beast have been speculating about the WWE’s potential to bring Lesnar back into the WWE. With Lesnar’s hometown of Minnesota being the next possible venue for Mania XLI, this could be the way WWE goes. However, fans wanted him to return this year. Nevertheless, the spotlight is far too high and wide on him at the moment. So chances of WWE bringing back Brock Lesnar for WrestleMania this weekend seems like a long shot. The matchup against Intercontinental champion Gunther was slated to be in the making for a long time. However, that dream has been shattered for the WWE Universe.


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There have been speculations that Lesnar might return at this year’s Crown Jewel event as he did in the past. However, no one has confirmed anything at this time. Currently, the WWE is focused on the WWE World event ahead of WrestleMania XL. What did you think of the picture, and did you mistake it for Lesnar? Tell us down below.

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Christopher Paul


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Christopher Paul is a WWE reporter at EssentiallySports. With over eight years of experience as a writer and a childhood passion for pro wrestling, Chris is now a voice for kayfabe fans. He has a penchant for covering live events and enjoys breaking the latest developments in the WWE Universe.
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Amal Joyce