Most fans pegged the return of the beast incarnate to be around SummerSlam. Those predictions would be wrong as new reports indicate that the former UFC champion is heading back to the WWE sooner than anticipated.
[adinserter block=”1″]New reports surfaced a week ago which confirmed three upcoming WWE appearances for the former world champion. Brock is scheduled to end his hiatus on June 22 as he is booked to appear that night on RAW. Lesnar is also scheduled on July 6’s RAW. The angle will set up his next scheduled match which will take place much earlier than SummerSlam at Battleground on July 19.
That’s not all. Lesnar is also booked on his first house show match since returning to the company in 2012. In a very odd booking, Lesnar will wrestle Kofi Kingston on a July 4 house show in Tokyo Japan at Sumo Hall. According to records this is Lesnar’s first non-PPV match since 2004.
Dave Meltzer has the latest on Lesnar’s new schedule on a recent edition of the F4Wonline.com podcast. Meltzer confirmed that the creative plans to hold Rollins vs. Lesnar off until SummerSlam have indeed changed. Meltzer speculated that recently disappointing RAW ratings have influenced the decision. Meltzer didn’t get into specifics other than that the plans have definitely changed.
But what about that strange Japan booking? Meltzer reported that Lesnar asked the office to get booked in Japan so he can see his sick friend Masa Saito. Meltzer reported that Lesnar asked for the booking in order to cover his travel expenses. Meltzer doesn’t believe that the booking will count against Lesnar’s limited dates in 2015 with the company.
So what can we make of this? Is Lesnar getting the belt back at Battleground? I don’t think so. One prediction would be Roman Reigns winning Money in the Bank, Dean Ambrose beating Seth Rollins for the title at MITB, Reigns cashes in that night, and faces Brock at SummerSlam. The easy prediction would be some kind of a Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam with Reigns, Lesnar, and Rollins. Although I do wonder how long Rollins will survive as champion with the current ratings pattern.
[adinserter block=”2″]One thing is for sure and that is RAW definitely needs some Brock Lesnar. The shows have been rather hit and miss lately with much more missing than hitting. He’ll breathe some new life back into the struggling show and freshen up the cards a bit. I’m glad he’s back and even happier his return has been expedited.