When Brock Lesnar shows up to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night to face the Big Show, the “Go To Hell Tour” officially begins.
During the September 20 broadcast of WWE Night of Champions, the WWE Universe was pleasantly surprised when WWE announced three scheduled appearances for Brock Lesnar. For starters, a live WWE event from Madison Square Garden will be headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show, and the event will air live on the WWE Network. This comes three months after WWE aired a similar event on the WWE Network live from Tokyo. That event, dubbed The Beast in the East, also featured Brock Lesnar.
Although they don’t have any recent history on WWE television, Brock Lesnar and the Big Show do have a storied past, as documented on WWE.com. In 2002, they feuded over the WWE Championship, and Lesnar’s current manager, Paul Heyman, betrayed Lesnar (he was Brock’s manager then, too) and helped the Big Show win the title. They reignited the feud over the same championship in 2003. More recently, in 2014, as the WWE built towards Brock Lesnar vs. the Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, they had Lesnar destroy the Big Show in a match at the 2015 Royal Rumble event.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show will headline the MSG show that is scheduled to have six matches, including three championship title matches. The event is not available on cable or pay-per-view; it’s exclusively available on the WWE Network. It will mark the first time in over a decade that Brock Lesnar has performed at the “world’s most famous arena.”
But Brock Lesnar returns to WWE television as the ratings struggle. WWE’s flagship program, Monday Night Raw, continues to slump in the ratings, as reported by Forbes, and Brock Lesnar sightings on basic cable are rare. The season is especially tough for Vince McMahon’s company as the NFL brings Monday Night Football back to primetime television, and the summer re-runs have ended as network and cable shows alike begin releasing their season premieres.
So WWE decided to add an additional stop to Lesnar’s Go To Hell Tour for October 5 at Monday Night Raw in Boston. Unlike the other three events, Monday Night Raw airs on the USA Network, and the replay won’t be available on the WWE Network for weeks. Brock’s role at the event hasn’t been specified, but you can rest assured he and Paul Heyman will address both the previous night’s match with the Big Show, and his upcoming match with the Undertaker at Hell in a Cell.
Bu,t before he gets his hands on the Dead Man, he has to sit down with the Rattlesnake. WWE has promoted several of Steve Austin’s podcast interviews, and they are often recorded right after Raw goes off the air, so it can be seen live on the WWE Network. Austin and Lesnar will follow the same format on October 19, when Stone Cold sits down with Brock Lesnar to record an interview for his podcast, the whole thing airing live on the WWE Network immediately following Raw.
It is expected that they will address the rumors that started earlier this year when Austin and Heyman teased on the podcast that we could see Steve Austin return to action at WrestleMania 32 to face Brock Lesnar.
The Go To Hell Tour ends on October 25 when Brock Lesnar faces off against the Undertaker on a pay-per-view named after the type of match they’ll compete in: Hell in a Cell. When Lesnar and ‘Taker meet in the oversized steel cage, it will be their third match in a series that started at WrestleMania 30. In what was arguably the biggest surprise in WrestleMania history, Brock Lesnar defeated the Undertaker, stopping his WrestleMania undefeated streak at 21.
The rematch Undertaker and Brock had in August at SummerSlam ended controversially, the victory going to the former. The match at Hell in a Cell is meant to settle the score and put an end to their epic feud.
To watch Brock Lesnar at Madison Square Garden, on the Stone Cold Podcast and inside of the Hell in a Cell structure, you’ll need access to the WWE Network.
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