WWE SummerSlam 2012: Is This the Last We'll See Brock Lesnar Before January?

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2012

Photo Credit: WWE.com
Photo Credit: WWE.com

Considering that WWE just announced that Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman will open Monday night's Raw, the short answer is no.

Dismissing the celebratory appearance on the first Raw after SummerSlam, most assume the next time Brock Lesnar will make an appearance on WWE television will be sometime in January as the company prepares for the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

However, it seems unlikely that WWE would hold the Survivor Series PPV, traditionally one of its biggest shows, and not include Lesnar on the card.

Whether it is in a headlining tag match, not unlike the one featuring John Cena and The Rock teaming up at last year's show, or a traditional Survivor Series elimination match, there are plenty of ways to include Lesnar on the card, to set up his next big program, and to do so all the while protecting him in the confines of a multi-man tag.

Brock Lesnar was brought back specifically to be a PPV powerhouse for the company. With roughly 30 dates written into his contract, it allows the company to devote five or six appearances to building up to and promoting a main event match at each of their major PPVs.

Holding off until January—when Survivor Series has become notable for its disappointing buyrates—would be a major mistake and one that Vince McMahon the promoter has not become synonymous with making.