Brock Lesnar hasn't appeared on WWE programming since his WrestleMania 32 clash against Dean Ambrose, which he won.
Since then, the company has been ushering in a 'new era' on their shows, with the debuts of many new superstars including Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Dana Brooks, The Vaudevillians, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, and Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
You would have thought with so much talent on the roster now, it will be a struggle for the WWE to book a card at this year's SummerSlam without leaving some talent out. Especially with it being the dawn of a new era, some previous part time era guys like Lesnar might be left out so that the business can build towards its future.
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Yet, the latest rumors suggest The Beast will still have a spot on arguably their second biggest pay-per-view of the year, and it will be against an opponent we've wanted to see him face one-on-one for a very long time. Remember to take this with a pinch of salt for the time being.
Cageside Seats have speculated: "Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt may still be the plan for SummerSlam this year."
Finally, WWE fans could be about to see The Beast face off against The New Face of Fear. A match they have been wanting for a very long time, and hoped would happen at WrestleMania 32 before Ambrose was booked to face Lesnar instead.
Lesnar vs Wyatt was teased to take place earlier this year at Roadblock but this was changed to a two-on-one handicap match instead due to the leader of The Wyatt Family picking up an injury prior to the match. Luke Harper faced The Beast instead, with Wyatt never being tagged in.
Before this match happens, Wyatt needs to be built up in the right way so that he looks like a worthy opponent for the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He's currently on the sidelines as he recently picked up a right calf injury during WWE's European tour, but he is expected to return at some point in the next couple of weeks.
The way which this match is booked will be key for the future of The Wyatt Family, especially after being humiliated at WrestleMania by The Rock and John Cena. They need to be built as a dominant force, and going on a destructive path before facing The Beast would be one good way to go about it.
If WWE wants to go one further and properly install the new era, Lesnar can't win this match. Allowing Wyatt to defeat The Beast clean would establish him finally as The New Face of Fear. He could then move on to be a strong heel in the WWE title picture, which is something the company is currently lacking.