Randy Orton will face Brock Lesnar at WWE Summerslam.

Randy Orton not appearing at UFC 200 was a lost opportunity

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While WWE fans have known about Brock Lesnar's UFC plans for several weeks, it was only several days ago that they found out about his Summer Slam plans.

On the July 30th edition of Thursday Night Smackdown, Brock Lesnar's opponent for the 2016 edition of Summer Slam was revealed to be Randy Orton.

A missed oportunity

The announcement came from out of nowhere with no indication or build up that there would be anything happening between the two superstars.


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This lead to many fans believing that the build up for Lesnar vs. Orton would occur at Saturday's UFC 200 event but that wasn't the case.

At UFC 200, Brock Lesnar successfully made his return to the octagon picking up a victory via decision against the 8th ranked competitor, Mark Hunt.

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Fans watched and eagerly hoped for a confrontation between the Summer Slam opponents but it never happened.

Having Orton and Lesnar not face off was a bad decision and it was also a lost opportunity for both WWE and UFC.

For WWE, it would have been an excellent way to start the feud, it would be great for the purpose of build up to have Orton invade Lesnar's temporary turf in the UFC and call him out leading to Lesnar going to Orton's turf, the wrestling ring.

It would have also been beneficial for UFC as it would have made headlines all over the sporting world.

Fans would be flocking back to UFC to watch the iconic moment and getting more involved in the brand as a partnership between UFC and WWE appeared to start forming. 

There was the chance to create a historical moment at the UFC 200 event but unfortunately, nothing came from it.

Looking ahead

The announcement this past Thursday on Smackdown about Lesnar and Orton is the first time we have looked ahead to Summer Slam this year.

We still have Battleground to go later this month but clearly all focus is already on Summer Slam with some feuds clearly building to big Summer clashes.

We expect to see John Cena and AJ Styles go head to head once again and Sasha Banks seems likely to be the person who will battle Charlotte for the Women's Championship.

The problem however, is that with the WWE Draft just over a week away, where will superstars find themselves by the time Summer Slam rolls around.

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