Brock Lesnar defeated Cain Velasquez in a WWE Title match at yesterday’s Crown Jewel WWE Network show. The match went just over two minutes with Lesnar winning by submission after slapping on a Kimura Lock on Cain’s left arm. In this week’s edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote that the reason the match was so short is that Velasquez’s knee was worse than expected and he will likely need surgery on it.
The plan was for Lesnar/Velasquez to be a short match similar to the Lesnar/Goldberg matches where they lay out the big spots, but due to Cain’s knee injury, they changed it to a match where they didn’t do much at all. The belief is that Velasquez will need knee surgery soon. Velasquez has been dealing with a knee injury for a while. As you can see in the image above, Velasquez has a brace on his left knee.
Meltzer believes that WWE will want to go forward with the planned tag match between the team of Cain Velasquez and Rey Mysterio against Andrade and Drew McIntyre at a WWE live event in Mexico City on Saturday, November 30. Velasquez has signed a “high-dollar multi-year contract” with WWE according to Meltzer, who also worried that fans may not care about Velasquez moving forward because of how he was booked in this match.
Matt’s Musings: The match at Crown Jewel with Velasquez and Lesnar can be seen as nothing but a disappointment for everyone involved. Losing in two minutes by tapout is surely not how the WWE or Velasquez envisioned Velasquez’s debut match playing out. Hopefully, Velasquez can get the surgery he needs and come back healthy and ready to make a real impact in the WWE.