Brock Lesnar: Latest Rumors and Speculation on WWE Star's Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2014

Paul Heyman, left, celebrates with Brock Lesnar after his win over the Undertaker  during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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Updates from Tuesday, July 22

Brock Lesnar did indeed return to WWE on the July 21st episode of Monday Night Raw. His next opponent has been decided as well confirms the SummerSlam Twitter account: 

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Now that Battleground has come and gone, the speculation surrounding Brock Lesnar's return to WWE is hitting a fever pitch.   

According to PWInsider's Mike Johnson, Lesnar is in Miami for Raw tonight. John Cena, however, won't be on the show because he's filming scenes for the movie Trainwreck in New York City.

Many fans have been predicting for months now that Lesnar would face Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam. That's generally one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year—one in which Lesnar has also featured the last two years. What better way for The Beast to make his return?

His arrival was also foreshadowed by Paul Heyman on the July 14 edition of Raw, during which Lesnar's manager spoke to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon about a "Plan C" in the event that Cena retained his title at Battleground, which he did.

Heyman tweeted on Sunday that he was en route to pick up "Plan C," meaning that his plans will likely be revealed on Monday night:

This follows the multitude of rumors and leaks that pointed to a SummerSlam main event of Lesnar vs. Cena. WWE is generally very good at keeping things under wraps when it really wants to, but in this case, the storyline has been an open secret for a while.

Even though Lesnar's return is widely expected, it will still likely be the biggest thing to happen in the company since WrestleMania 30. Lesnar remains one of the few bankable stars in in WWE, despite only showing up only intermittently.

WWE wouldn't have any trouble drumming up interest for a Cena/Lesnar main event at SummerSlam.