Brock Lesnar, who was literally the poster boy for SummerSlam, picked up a much-needed victory over Triple H as the former UFC star looks to make his presence felt in the WWE once again.
Lesnar became a major star during his first run with the company, but hasn't found success nearly as easy this time around due to a limited schedule. It's had a negative impact on crowd reaction and stopped him from gaining any momentum.
He lost his return match to John Cena at Extreme Rules and proceeded to get written off television for a couple months, leading many fans to wonder if bringing him back to take away a main-event spot was the right decision.
Lesnar showed on Sunday night why he was brought back in the first place. His match with Triple H is exactly what fans came to expect from him in the past: an all-out brawl with no shortage of exciting moments.
The result isn't necessarily a surprise since Lesnar will need to work more big dates moving forward and Triple H is more of an as-needed star right now. Helping Lesnar win over the crowd again was certainly one of those times of need.
Now that he's got the victory under his belt, the next few weeks are crucial for Lesnar. Does he hang around and become a weekly part of Raw, or does he fade in to the background again until the next important pay-per-view?
The answer to that question will ultimately determine the success of Lesnar's return. He can't simply show up two or three times every few months and expect to become the draw he was during his first run with the WWE.
It's not possible to keep the fans engaged in long-term angles without being there to make them relevant. Paul Heyman is terrific, but Lesnar himself needs to be there or it just doesn't have the same affect.
It shouldn't take long to find out what the next step for Lesnar will be. At that point, it will be fair to make a final judgment about what the SummerSlam victory means.
As for now, it's best to consider it a step in the right direction for both Lesnar and the WWE.
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