WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will make his long-awaited return to Monday Night Raw earlier than anticipated, with the beast confirmed to be featuring at a taping of the flagship programme on December 14th.
Lesnar's absence from WWE programming has been difficult to ignore, particularly given the company's attempts to cope with a string of injuries to top stars including Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns.
The beast will be back on Raw well before promotion for the Royal Rumble match kicks into overdrive though, with Wrestlezone.net reporting he's booked to appear at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Fans of the behemoth champion definitely deserve to see Lesnar in WWE ring on a more regular basis, with the former UFC star barely featuring since completely destroying John Cena to win the title at SummerSlam earlier this year.
WWE will need Lesnar to step up and drive interest over the Christmas and New Year period leading into the Royal Rumble, although the lack of a clear challenger for Lesnar's gold is definitely a problem.
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The man Lesnar beat so convincingly to become champion is currently first in line for a rematch, even if their first meeting was so unanimously one-sided.
Cena earned the right to be number one contender after defeating Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell last month, must to the dismay of The Authority.
Lesnar vs. Cena may be a tough sell to WWE fans in the current climate, but with Reigns still sidelined and a lack of challengers at the top end of the card it may be a match the company has to build heading towards the Royal Rumble.
Before those plans can be made Cena has to come through a Survivor Series match against The Authority this weekend, a five vs. five showdown with the control of the company at stake.