Earlier this week, it was revealed that Brock Lesnar would be returning to WWE television on June 22, which is a lot earlier than expected. But, Lesnar’s early return is in response to the falling RAW ratings, as Monday’s RAW did its lowest rating since the mid-90’s.
The original plan was to have Lesnar return after WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view on July 19 and then begin to build towards a Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at SummerSlam. But now — according to theWrestling Observer— Rollins and Lesnar could face off at the Battleground show, and instead of facing Lesnar at SummerSlam, Rollins will face Triple H.
Many people feel that it’s way too early to do Seth Rollins vs. Triple H, but due to WWE’s plans to have Triple H face The Rock at next year’s WrestleMania, they can’t do it there, and they want it to take place on a big show.
If Rollins vs. Triple H takes place at SummerSlam, that would mean that WWE would have to find another opponent for Brock Lesnar in a hurry because Lesnar has traditionally worked the show since his return to WWE. There has been some talk of Lesnar doing a one-off match with Randy Orton at some point, so that could be the match WWE goes to if they need a new opponent for Lesnar at SummerSlam.
There’s also the possibility of Lesnar and Rollins having their initial match at Battleground and having a rematch at SummerSlam.
Also according to the Observer, Lesnar will be all over WWE television this summer. It was also previously reported that Lesnar will be heading to Japan in July to work a house show match against — of all people — Kofi Kingston. The event is now sold out.
Traditionally, Lesnar has appeared on WWE television throughout the summer and during WrestleMania season from January to March/April. But, there’s a possibility that if the ratings continue to fall, WWE will be forced to pay Lesnar to work more dates than he’s contractually obligated to. In the past — due to his per-date demand being so high — WWE has wanted to avoid using Lesnar more than they’re obligated to, but 2015 could finally be the year where their hand is forced.
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