The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar has been off of WWE television for the last month-and-a-half as he serves a “suspension” handed out by Stephanie McMahon. Lesnar caused mass destruction on an episode of Monday Night RAW the night after Wrestlemania 31, which left McMahon no choice but to suspend the recently re-signed Lesnar.
Now, after some promoting for an upcoming live Monday Night RAW, Brock Lesnar’s scheduled return date appears to be official. Lesnar will be scheduled to make his RAW return less than a month from now.
Here is what you need to know about Lesnar’s return:
1. This Most Likely Won’t Be Just a One Off Appearance
When Lesnar negotiated his and signed last contract extension with WWE, he made it a priority to emphasize that he didn’t mind working more dates so long as the pay-per-appearance agreement had still been in place. Lesnar
2. His Return Date Is Scheduled for Late June
According to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse official Twitter, Brock Lesnar’s scheduled return date is Monday, June 22nd. The Twitter account says that Lesnar’s appearance will be live.
Plans are always subject to change, but more assumed that Lesnar would be back sometime earlier in the summer this year to add an extra PPV to his normal schedule and to be a part of WWE’s summer push to their 2nd biggest PPV of the year, Summerslam, which is held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this year.
3. Lesnar Is Tentatively Scheduled to Work Battleground
Elaborating on the extra PPV appearance, July’s PPV is Battleground and will take place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, July 19th.
Since his 2012 return, Lesnar has usually worked the Extreme Rules PPV (vs. John Cena in 2012, vs. Triple H in 2013), but last year his dates were kept to a premium due to his victory over The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30, which ended Taker’s illustrious 21-0 undefeated streak.
4. Lesnar Was Suspended the Last Time He Appeared on RAW
Seth Rollins cashed in Money in the Bank and pinned Roman Reigns in the main event at Wrestlemania 31, which meant that Lesnar lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship without factoring in the decision. The following night on RAW, Paul Heyman and Lesnar demanded a rematch.
Rollins weaseled his way out of the rematch, which caused Lesnar to do what he did in the video above and be suspended. It will be interesting to see how Lesnar’s indefinite suspension is handled with on television, and to write him back into the swing of things.
5. Brock Lesnar = Ratings
The Monday Night RAW the night immediately after Wrestlemania 31 had some of the highest viewership RAW has had in over three years with over 5.4 million viewers, and the most social media engagement of any RAW episode ever.
The hype coming after Wrestlemania 31 was incredible and Lesnar was a major portion of that. Lesnar solidified his massive babyface turn and will most likely feud with the Authority upon his return to RAW.