After snooping around the Internet to see what superstars WWE is advertising for upcoming episodes of Raw Supershow, it appears WWE has five more scheduled appearances by Brock Lesnar on the horizon—July 2, July 23, August 6, August 13 and August 19.
When Brock Lesnar first returned to WWE, it was made clear he would probably be making approximately 35 appearances in total on his year-long contract, including being willing to make a minimum of two appearances per month for the rest of the 2012 calendar year, using the rest up in the road to WrestleMania 29.
How many have been used so far?
The feud with John Cena saw Brock appear four times:
* April 2—Return to WWE
* April 9—Brock Lesnar signs (kayfabe) WWE contract
* April 23—Brock Lesnar / John Cena Extreme Rules contract signing
* April 29—Extreme Rules
When it has run its course, it looks like the feud with Triple H will see Lesnar make an additional six appearances:
* April 30—Confrontation with Triple H
* July 2—Lesnar is due to return to WWE
* July 23—1000th episode of Raw
* August 6—This night is booked to be a "Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night"
* August 13—SummerSlam go home show
* August 19—SummerSlam
I have seen numerous articles popping up suggesting that WWE is wasting Lesnar's precious limited number of WWE appearances. I would be inclined to disagree, though. After these are used up, there will be 25 further appearances on Brock Lesnar's contract, with room for additional appearances to be negotiated.
If given a four- to six-week feud as these two have been, that means WWE can fit in two more feuds for Lesnar within 10 appearances, leaving a very generous figure of 15 for WrestleMania itself.
Brock Lesnar lost his last two UFC fights, and though he injured John Cena at their recent match, he also lost that. At this point Lesnar desperately needs to win a match; Triple H is the obvious candidate.
It would not be appropriate for Lesnar to go over a full-time superstar that WWE is still trying to get over. After Lesnar crushes Triple H, then he can put over someone like CM Punk. CM Punk, as WWE Champion, has been left out of the summer's big angle. But with seeds placed for a feud with John Cena, it can hardly be said CM Punk is going to be left short-changed for a SummerSlam opponent.
I would also guess there will be a further showdown with John Cena down the line—it would not require many dates to build the feud, as it has already begun. And the injury to Cena meant that Cena's victory was not a definitive one, leaving room for a second clash between the two biggest names in the company.
Do you think the WWE is using Brock Lesnar's time in WWE well? How do you think they will use his future dates? Who will he feud with? Let me know in the comments box!
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