When the now former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins went down with a knee injury that will keep him out of action for at least the next nine months last week, many believed that WWE, in an attempt to add some immediate depth to their thin roster, would reach out to some big names who aren't regular weekly performers to try to get them to return as a main-event player.
One of those names that came up was Brock Lesnar, who typically doesn't appear on WWE television during the November and December months. However, Lesnar has been on WWE television significantly more this year than he had since his return to the company in 2012, so there was a belief that WWE could get "The Beast" to return before the end of the year.
As of right now, it looks like Lesnar won't be returning to WWE television before January, but that's not because WWE didn't try to get him back beforehand. Either WWE couldn't reach Lesnar, or Lesnar just isn't interested in returning before he was originally scheduled to.
Even though Brock Lesnar won't be returning to WWE television before the end of the year, his return won't be too far removed from the new year, as the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas announced via Twitter that Lesnar would be appearing on the WWE live event that is being held there on January 8.
While the full details of Lesnar's appearance at the Toyota Center in Houston have not yet been released, the current speculation is that WWE will do another WWE Network special centered around Lesnar's match, much like they did when he appeared at Madison Square Garden and Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Typically Lesnar's matches on the WWE Network specials are short, as both of his matches with Big Show and Kofi Kingston didn't last more than five minutes. The formula is basically, Lesnar hits a bunch of suplexes, and then he hits the F-5 for the win. Then, he'll do a little something to his opponent after the match to give the fans a little extra.
Brock Lesnar's return to WWE television probably will be soon after his appearance on the WWE live event, as WWE will begin their WrestleMania plans for him shortly after the start of the new year.
There has been some speculation that Brock Lesnar will end up winning the 2016 Royal Rumble match, which will guarantee him a spot in the main-event of WrestleMania 32 against whoever the WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be at that time, which could be Roman Reigns.
Whether Reigns is the WWE Champion or not, there has been some chatter about doing a Lesnar vs. Reigns rematch at WrestleMania 32. But this time, Reigns would come out on top, as WWE is still looking at making Reigns its next top babyface.
Those of you hoping for a Brock Lesnar vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin match next spring will likely be disappointed, as Austin is continuing to say that he won't be returning to the ring in AT&T Stadium, and that he's 99.9% sure that he's never wrestling again.
With Seth Rollins now out of the picture, there really aren't any other major names that Lesnar could face other than Austin and Reigns, with the exception of The Rock, who seems to be, at this point, dead-set on wrestling Triple H, because he feels that he can have a much safer match with "The Game," therefore he won't be risking putting any of his Hollywood projects on hold due to injury.
As of this writing, Brock Lesnar isn't advertised on any WWE shows other than the live event in Houston, however, that'll likely change as January gets closer.
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