Brock Lesnar's speculated return date and who his SummerSlam opponent should be

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Brock Lesnar hasn't appeared on WWE programming since he wrestled at WrestleMania 32 in a No Holds Barred match against Dean Ambrose, from which he came out victorious.

Since then, not much has been said on Lesnar during Raw and SmackDown shows, as the company begins their 'new era' by building up some of the recent arrivals on the main roster such as Baron Corbin, Apollo Crews, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows.

The Beast usually wrestles on WWE's biggest and most exciting shows of the year, such as WrestleMania, Hell in a Cell, and of course, SummerSlam, which is when the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion is expected to have his next match.


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NoDQ has said: "WWE is reportedly planning to keep Brock Lesnar off TV until August. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE plans on bringing Lesnar back to RAW in time to promote SummerSlam, which airs on August 21st from Brooklyn. The earliest he could appear on TV in the month is the August 1st RAW at the Philips Arena in Atlanta."

This would provide the WWE with enough time to build up Lesnar for his SummerSlam match. With Lesnar being one of the business' biggest draws when he is scheduled, the company is unlikely not to book him for a match on their second biggest pay-per-view of the year.

So who could that match be against? NoDQ goes on:

"The company originally planned on having Lesnar face Bray Wyatt or Braun Strowman next, but that's changed. Strowman was originally planned for a big push and to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32, but WWE reportedly decided he wasn't ready yet after his match against Dean Ambrose on RAW.

"As of this writing, there's no word on who Lesnar will be facing in his next feud leading up to SummerSlam 2016."

There are several superstars Lesnar could wrestle against and have a good match with, but the problem is creative never usually books a superstar to win against The Beast Incarnate, or win cleanly. You would need a competitor to be built up to a point where he could realistically beat Lesnar in a match.

Bray Wyatt and Brawn Strowman aren't currently being built like that. In Wyatt's case, it's because he's injured, but in Strowman case, it looks like the WWE has no faith in him on his own yet, otherwise he would have been booked in single matches while Bray was sidelined.

Lesnar would need an opponent who could hold his own for one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year. One that could survive a defeat if necessary and also put on a good match. One person springs to my mind, Randy Orton.

We haven't seen him wrestle for months due to his injury, and this could be booked in a way for either one trying to reclaim a number one contender's spot for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. We haven't actually seen them wrestle one another since Lesnar's first run with the WWE over ten years ago, so the feud is fresh.

Imagine Orton reversing an F5 into an RKO and you've got yourself a brilliant spot already. A true winner for that match is unpredictable right now, which is what the WWE craves for a lot of their matches these days. It could be a brilliant way to reintroduce both stars back into the company for the latter part of the year.

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