The WWE has been battling sagging television ratings and lower-than-normal attendance all year, and it seems they are making a hard push this summer to raise their numbers. The first thing they announced is that John Cena will appear on both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live as a “free agent.” The second is that the WWE is using Brock Lesnar more, and it looks like he might be on both brands as well — at least with house show appearances.
There is a huge event at the Joe Louis Arena on July 29, where the WWE will make their final appearance at the legendary venue. The 38-year-old arena will host the WWE SmackDown Live “Farewell to the Joe” event, and Brock Lesnar has been added to the lineup for the card, despite being a Monday Night Raw superstar.
Brock Lesnar on WWE SmackDown Live?
In more shocking news, the site is advertising that Brock Lesnar will be defending his WWE Universal Championship against SmackDown Live superstar Baron Corbin at the event. This seems strange since the Universal Championship is Raw-exclusive, so a win by Corbin would put both major titles on the same brand.
Of course, that will never happen. Brock Lesnar is currently scheduled to defend his WWE Universal Championship against Samoa Joe at the Monday Night Raw-exclusive Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view in early July and will then defend it at SummerSlam against the winner of the Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman ambulance match at Great Balls of Fire.
Not only will Brock Lesnar defend his title against Baron Corbin at the Joe Louis Arena SmackDown Live show, but the other WWE world title will also be on the line. Jinder Mahal will continue his feud with Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the show. The two are set to battle in a Punjabi Prison Match at Battleground in July.
The WWE Joe Louis Arena Show
Other superstars appearing at the Joe Louis Arena SmackDown Live show includes John Cena, AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, New Day, The Usos, and many more.
Brock Lesnar will also appear at a second SmackDown Live house show on August 12 in Tampa, Florida, at the Amalie Arena. This is part of the SummerSlam Heatwave Tour, and Brock Lesnar has been added as a replacement for John Cena, who will miss the show.
Outside of the two SmackDown Live house show appearances, Brock Lesnar will defend his title at Great Balls of Fire and SummerSlam and is advertised to appear on WWE Monday Night Raw on July 3, July 10, July 31, and August 28.
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