Where, oh where, is Brock Lesnar?
Since defeating Triple H at SummerSlam back in August, the WWE superstar has been nowhere to be found—only appearing on Raw the following night to crown himself the new “King of Kings” before quitting the WWE (yes, again) via a Tout video.
Ever since Lesnar seemingly disappeared from WWE TV, wrestling fans all over the world have been wondering when he’d make his presence felt in the WWE again.
We thought there was a prime opportunity for him to do that last month at Hell in a Cell. With fellow “Paul Heyman guy” involved in a WWE Championship match against Ryback that seemed impossible to book, one popular scenario that was talked about all across the Internet was for Lesnar to interfere and cost Ryback the match, which would have set up a major feud between Ryback and Lesnar.
As we all know, though, that didn’t happen, and for whatever reason, the WWE went with the referee “screwjob” angle instead. That has led to speculation among many fans that the WWE didn’t want to use one of Lesnar’s available dates (which are very limited) on a PPV that he wouldn’t even wrestle on.
I’m inclined to agree, but that’s made me wonder even more when exactly Lesnar is going to show up on WWE TV again.
Since he re-signed with the company earlier this year, we’ve only gotten two major matches out of Brock Lesnar—one against John Cena at Extreme Rules and, of course, that bout against Triple H at SummerSlam.
The longer we go without Lesnar appearing on TV, though, the more I think that the WWE isn’t getting enough out of “The Next Big Thing” after shelling out so much cash to get him.
Sure, Lesnar helped improve both the Extreme Rules and SummerSlam buyrates. But it seems like he should be appearing more often than he has been if he’s going to be raking in millions upon millions of dollars.
But we’re nearing the end of 2012 now, and Lesnar hasn’t appeared on WWE TV in more than two-and-a-half months. He won’t be at Survivor Series and likely won’t be wrestling on WWE TLC in November, either, so that probably puts his return at some point in 2013.
With The Rock already set for the WWE Championship match at the 2013 Royal Rumble and that show figuring to already draw a huge pay-per-view buyrate, Lesnar doesn’t figure to appear then, either. In all likelihood, that means that Lesnar’s return will come on the road to WrestleMania 29 and that his next match won’t take place until WrestleMania itself.
When will we see Brock Lesnar back on WWE TV?
His likely opponent? Triple H, with a rumored rematch between the two seeming very likely for the biggest PPV of the year.
That would mean that over the course of Lesnar’s one-year contract with the WWE, he would have only wrestled three matches—losing his first one (which killed his momentum before he started) and then competing against an established veteran in his final two when he should have been putting over an up-and-comer instead.
As you might imagine, I’m not a fan of giving such a lucrative contract to someone who wrestles only three matches in a 12-month span and spends most of his time in a poorly built rivalry that suffered because of the limited number of dates on his contract. But that seems to be exactly the route that the WWE will go in.
The WWE gave Lesnar arguably the most friendly contract in company history, and yet when we get to 2013, Lesnar will have only wrestled two matches in an eight-month span, with just one Mania match left to go.
That is, of course, unless the company completely changes course and has Lesnar appear on TV before the end of the year. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.
When Lesnar comes back, it won’t be until the road to WrestleMania, five or six months after he last competed at SummerSlam.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!