The bout came together on the final SmackDown before Survivor Series as Bryan won the WWE Championship from AJ Styles, setting up his Raw vs. SmackDown, Champion vs. Champion clash with Lesnar at the one event where brands collide.
Speaking to Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT, Bryan recalled his showdown with "The Beast."
“I was thrilled, I was absolutely thrilled,” Bryan started. “I wanted the Brock Lesnar match for a long time But how I always envisioned it was babyface Daniel Bryan! Yes man Daniel Bryan, underdog Daniel Bryan against the killer Brock Lesnar. But I had literally just become the Planet’s Champion and kicked AJ Styles in the nuts [laughs]. So it was a really weird thing, but I think the weirdness of it also made it fun and made it more pleasurable for me. Wrestling Brock Lesnar, I don’t think anybody appreciates how great Brock Lesnar is and the mind that he brings to wrestling. I also think, and from a character perspective I’ve said this on a Talking Smack or whatever, but it’s actually not true, is I think Brock Lesnar loves this. He just also loves farming, loves being at home and he’s not going to do it just because he likes doing it, he’s going to do it because ‘hey, you need to pay me to put my body on the line’ that sort of thing, right? But his eyes light up when he does this. That’s the thing. That match is something that I’m really, really proud of and it was a test for me. I don’t think there’s been anybody in the history of WWE who’s been more excited to take a German Suplex from Brock Lesnar than me. Just to be like ‘Ok, let’s see! We got to see what I got here. Am I good?!’ German Suplex… ‘Yep, I’m good’ [laughs].”
Lesnar was victorious in the bout at Survivor Series 2018.
Lesnar has not been on WWE television since losing to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36. It is unknown when he will return and is currently a free agent.
Bryan is not currently scheduled for a match at WrestleMania 37.