On the same day longtime chairman and CEO Vince McMahon announced his retirement from WWE, a top star reportedly left SmackDown before the show.
According to Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer, multiple sources said Brock Lesnar departed TD Garden in Boston hours before the scheduled start of Friday’s episode of SmackDown.
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp would soon confirm and note he was told Lesnar was “pissed off.”
Alvarez followed up with a report that Lesnar said something to the effect of, “If he’s gone, I’m gone,” in reference to McMahon.
The news broke shortly after McMahon announced he was resigning permanently as CEO and chairman of the WWE due to an inquiry into allegations that he paid four women to sign nondisclosure agreements so they would not talk about their sexual connections or encounters.
Even though Lesnar only competes occasionally, he is unquestionably one of WWE’s biggest draws, and losing him would be disastrous for the business.
UPDATE: He showed up.