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According to PWInsider.com via WrestleZone, the current plans call for The Rock to be a huge part of WWE programming on the road to WrestleMania 29. With the Royal Rumble in January and The Rock’s title shot at that PPV, most expect a return sooner rather than later and plenty of appearances on Raw and SmackDown.
While there was speculation that Brock Lesnar would be returning at Survivor Series, Triple H told the New York Times that the plan is for the former UFC and WWE Champion to return at or around WrestleMania 29 time:
"Rock has expressed his desire to be at WrestleMania this year and to be the WWE Champion at some point, he guaranteed it. I guarantee Cena is going to be there, Brock Lesnar has been discussing his return being at WrestleMania."
Despite the obvious need for more star power both on weekly programming and at the monthly PPVs, the fact that the WWE refuses to bring the biggest names in the sport back in a timely fashion hurts the product.
No matter what it costs, Brock Lesnar should be returning at Survivor Series.
Christian, Mark Henry and Evan Bourne
All of the following updates are from The Wrestling Observer via WrestleZone:
-Mark Henry's recovery from shoulder surgery is progressing well and it's being said that he is expected back on WWE TV before the end of the year.
-Christian, who has also been sidelined from WWE action due to shoulder surgery, is expected back in the ring either this month or next month.
-Following surgeries on both his elbow and foot, Evan Bourne is expected to return to the ring in early spring of 2013.