As noted, FOX wasn’t thrilled about CM Punk going to AEW instead of being offered a deal to return to WWE.
Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that bringing back Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam was a last-minute deal was made by WWE because they wanted to appease FOX.
Meltzer said that WWE “felt the need to get Lesnar and (Becky) Lynch to SmackDown right away.”
He also wrote, “The situation with Fox and WWE is always up and down with the key being that Fox’s SmackDown is used to promote Peacock, the streaming service of NBCU, particularly since Fox has its own streaming services they are rolling out.”
Meltzer said that “as always, Lesnar’s timing got him an even better deal.”