As previously reported, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is scheduled to work the “Battleground” pay-per-view on July 19. The event will serve as Lesnar’s first storyline match in WWE since WrestleMania 31, where he dropped the world championship to Seth Rollins, without taking the pinfall. At “Battleground,” it is expected that Lesnar will face Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Soon after news got out that Lesnar would return at “Battleground,” WWE began advertising “The Beast Incarnate” for editions of its flagship program, “Monday Night Raw.” The earliest “Raw” Lesnar is advertised for occurs on June 22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, according to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Lesnar’s return to WWE may come one week prior.
Dave Meltzer of the newsletter reported that WWE’s plan is to bring Lesnar back on June 15, when “Raw” comes to Cleveland, Ohio. He will be paired with Paul Heyman once again, and the duo will be mainstays on WWE programming through “SummerSlam.”
While Lesnar will be back to build towards a match against Rollins at “Battleground,” his first match back for WWE will occur on July 4. Live on the WWE Network, Lesnar is slated to face Kofi Kingston at a WWE live event in Tokyo, Japan. With Lesnar working the WWE Network special, WWE is expected to not put as much emphasis on it, so it can build more hype around Lesnar’s “Battleground” match instead, wrote Meltzer.
As of this writing, Lesnar is not advertised for the June 15 showing of “Monday Night Raw” by WWE.com or the Quicken Loans Arena, the location of the show.
Interesting. I assumed Lesnar’s return would come on June 22, but a week earlier would be great.