As we draw closer to the biggest blockbuster of the summer in SummerSlam, former WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s return appears to have been spoiled by the WWE, as noted by Sports-Kings.
The report indicates that WWE advertised Lesnar on WWE.com by listing his name in the “Superstars Included” section for their July 20 edition of Monday night RAW from Kansas City. That specific RAW would be the night after Battleground, meaning that the road to SummerSlam would be firmly underway. Therefore, the timing is as accurate as any.
However, Lesnar has been removed from the listing at this point.
Ever since being suspended by Stephanie McMahon the night after Wrestlemania 31, Lesnar has been on a hiatus from WWE. It has long been speculated that the former UFC champion would make his eventual return around SummerSlam to begin his scheduled program for the event. Therefore, returning the night after Battleground would give Lesnar about a month to build his match.
Currently, the expectation is that Lesnar will face-off against the current WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins. The two men were scheduled to wrestle the night after Wrestlemania 31 but in typical bad guy fashion, Rollins escaped a vicious beating from Lesnar, causing the “Beast Incarnate” to snap, leading to his suspension.
At one point, Lesnar was rumored to wrestled Randy Orton but that no longer appears to be the case.
While Lesnar currently only wrestles at the big pay-per-views on the year, recent history shows that Lesnar is willing to stay and work additional shows. Last year, Lesnar captured the championship in a match with John Cena and defended his title at the next pay-per-view, Night of Champions. He wouldn’t defend his title again until late January at the Royal Rumble.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be unlikely for Lesnar to replicate last year by wrestling at two consecutive shows and then taking another hiatus, only to return at the Royal Rumble. Yet, the former Royal Rumble winner did re-sign with the WWE this year to what has been reported as a three-year contract. Therefore, it is also not impossible for Lesnar to wrestle more frequently than he has in years past.
One more factor to consider is that Lesnar did lose his title in a triple threat match at Wrestlemania after Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank. Therefore, Roman Reigns being inserted into the rumored singles bout between Lesnar and Rollins would be an apropos avenue to revisit.
Reigns confirmed on this weeks SmackDown that he would be entering the Money in the Bank ladder match and if that proves to be the case, Reigns turning the tables on Rollins and replicating Rollins actions from Wrestlemania has to be considered.
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