Reported to return for SummerSlam to face Roman Reigns in the main event for the Universal Title, WWE has also officially announced Brock Lesnar will be at next Monday's episode of Raw, likely to address the challenger.
For most fans, it's about time.
Along with Ronda Rousey's return from suspension, Seth Rollins facing Drew McIntyre and Finn Balor versus Constable Baron Corbin, Lesnar will undoubtedly highlight next Monday's show after being away from WWE programming since the Greatest Royal Rumble in April.
The current Universal Champion, it was only recently confirmed Lesnar would be returning to WWE for their SummerSlam pay-per-view and has fallen under great scrutiny for being the title holder and away from the company for more than two months. With very little information as to the exact specifics of Lesnar's contractual obligations to WWE, speculation is Lesnar will be returning to WWE only to set up a storyline where he loses his championship and heads back to UFC where he will take on Daniel Cormier.
WWE is coming into the home stretch of shows leading into one of their larger pay-per-views of the year. It makes sense the company would ramp up the talent, promote big matches and pull out all the stops in an effort to make SummerSlam feel as large-scale and important as it has in the past. Historically, SummerSlam is sold as the "biggest party of the summer" and Lesnar helping sell the match and the event is key for WWE.
If Lesnar and Roman Reigns meet up on Monday, the "big dog" may have his hands full. While Roman should be the holder of the Universal Title thanks to a controversial finish at the Greatest Royal Rumble, Lesnar has had Reigns' number. And, if Lesnar is slated to lose the title at SummerSlam, the traditional way of booking this kind of build-up is to have the eventual loser appear nearly unstoppable heading into the event.