WWE not planning on inviting UFC’s Jon Jones to SummerSlam
August 17, 2017
Contrary to multiple reports, it seems like WWE will not be inviting UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, to attend next Sunday’s SummerSlam event. Jones, who recently defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 to regain his belt, was heavily rumoured to be at the show in Brooklyn in the wake of his challenge to WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
As reported by FanSided, with the initial report coming from Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, Satin’s sources have confirmed that they aren’t planning on having Jones at the biggest party of the summer because they feel like it would take some of the attention away from their blockbuster main event at the Barclays Center.
Lesnar is set to defend his Universal title, which he won at WrestleMania 33, against Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman & Samoa Joe with the stipulation being that if Brock loses he will leave the WWE.
This has led many to believe that the rumoured Jones vs Lesnar superfight will indeed happen, despite the fact that the Beast Incarnate is still banned by USADA and would need to re-enter the company’s testing pool.
Jones has been teasing and entertaining the idea of popping up at SummerSlam, as evidenced by his recent activity on Twitter. Many fans are certainly interested to see what would happen given the ‘blurring of the lines’ that it would create, in a similar manner to what happened with Brock & The Undertaker following his loss to Cain Velasquez back in 2010.
If Jon popped up it certainly wouldn’t be the first appearance of an MMA superstar in the world of professional wrestling, with Ronda Rousey’s big moment at WrestleMania 31 certainly making a lot of headlines. Rousey is also rumoured to be interested in a WWE run as an actual performer, with the Mae Young Classic set to give us an even bigger indication as to what her plans are.
In terms of Jones-Lesnar we can’t imagine Vince would want to alter his plans in order to cater to the UFC, however there does appear to be a growing relationship between the two organisations. If the match does happen before Brock’s contract with the WWE is up, then we can likely expect to see more interactions between the two.
Speaking of which, it also seems like WWE champion Jinder Mahal is set to accompany undefeated fighter Arjan Bhullar to the octagon at UFC 215. We’ll have to wait and see whether or not the crossovers continue in the ensuing months.