While it’s largely unknown if Brock Lesnar will make an appearance at Battleground, online reports are now confirming that Lesnar is slated to make his first appearance on WWE television since he ended The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans.
According to reports, Lesnar’s return will take place on the Monday Night RAW, following Battleground, on July 21, 2014.
This show is obviously pretty huge for WWE for several reasons:
- It’s the first RAW event following a Pay Per View and the first step on the road to SummerSlam, one of WWE’s “Original Four” PPV events.
- A lot of changes occurring in WWE the past week, including the retirement of The Big Gold Belt, the re-emergence of Sting, and the loss of CM Punk.
- Hip-hop star, Flo-Rida, is scheduled to be there as musical entertainment.
The inclusion of Brock Lesnar would only add to a ridiculously stacked show and goes hand-in-hand with another recent development.
This week saw a mysterious SummerSlam promo “leak” on Vimeo. The video, which appeared to show a commercial for SummerSlam, spoiling the big main event: John Cena and Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. This tells us that, unless there’s an unlikely change in plans, Cena will win the Fatal 4-Way at Battleground this Sunday.
The video, which premiered on Vimeo a day ago, was uploaded by a user called “TheRussianPolice” and appears to be a video taken of somebody’s television, advertising the event. The ad’s source appears to be from Canadian cable service, MTS (the last frame shows this) but the video has yet to be confirmed as genuine.
For myself, the video sets off a couple of red flags:
- The fact that WWE would promote SummerSlam this early. Battleground is right around the corner and this pretty much spoils the ending to that show.
- “TheRussianPolice” has only made one video post — and this was it. The only clue to the uploader’s identity is that his Vimeo avatar reads, “F**K MIKE KILLAM”. Killam, of course, is a news writer and editorial director at WrestleZone. The avatar could be in response to Killam’s analysis that he was “trying to find a way to prove [the video] isn’t legit”.
The reappearance of Brock Lesnar is also interesting when you consider that Cesaro is also a Paul Heyman guy. Cesaro hasn’t been on top of his game lately, losing twice to Kofi Kingston and suffering a loss to Big E. Fans have complained that Cesaro has been “buried” by teaming with Heyman following his big win at Wrestlemania XXX, saying that his heel turn was an ill-advised move — especially since he was already a heel when he was with The Real Americans.
With Lesnar back in the picture, this adds a new dimension to things. Does Cesaro simply accept that he’s no longer Heyman’s “#1 Guy” or does Cesaro turn on Heyman for a much-needed face turn?
And, if Brock Lesnar is in the Main Event at SummerSlam — and ends up winning, what will happen with Seth Rollins?
The obvious plan, as I speculated in an earlier article, would be for Cena to achieve a Pyrrhic Victory where he’s unable to move following a hair-thin win over Brock Lesnar. Rollins would cash in (with Dean Ambrose incapacitated in some regard, obviously) and take the title all the way to Wrestlemania.
So far, all the evidence seems to be swinging toward this happening in some respect.
For now, the return of Lesnar adds a much-needed boost to the Main Event card.