Brock Lesnar has not been seen in the WWE since being disqualified from his title rematch against John Cena at September's Night of Champions pay-per-view.
With rumors of health issues and commitments outside the ring, coupled with his part-time status, WWE fans had not been expecting to see 'The Beast' in the fold (on TV or at live shows) until the new year.
But news today suggests that Lesnar will be back sooner than expected, with the Bon Secours Center in Greenville revealing in a statement that the WWE Superstar will be present as they host Monday Night Raw on December eight.
"Raw Main Event: John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs Money in the Bank Contract Winner Seth Rollins and Kane. Plus, you'll see WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, WWE COO Triple H... And The Slammy Awards will take place live in Greenville." - Bon Secours Center statement
As noted above the December event will also see the Slammy Awards take place at the Bon Secours Center so perhaps Lesnar is simply present to receive, or hand out, an award.
That hasn't stopped rumors swirling that he will be back in action in the ring however, and with a no-show until December meaning Lesnar will have been out of action for four months it would certainly be a huge ratings boost as the WWE looks to end the year in good financial health.
Previous speculation had marked Lesnar for a January 2015 return at WWE's Royal Rumble but whether it is Vince McMahon and co getting impatient at having one of their legitimate superstar's out of action, or the wrestler himself angling for a quicker comeback it seems that plans have changed.
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