Monday night was not a good night for Brock Lesnar. The former WWE and UFC Heavyweight Champion made an appearance on Monday night's live telecast of WWE Raw. During the broadcast, Lesnar was stalking Vince McMahon in the ring, when McMahon's son-in-law Triple H jumped Lesnar from behind. The melee ended after Lesnar was thrown into a steel ring post. Lesnar was immediately busted open. Brock was taken backstage were he received twelve staples to close the wound. Brock Lesnar and Triple H are scheduled to meet in a match at Wrestlemania 29, in a follow-up to their bout at Summerslam. Lesnar was the victor in that match.
Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE nearly a month ago, after being in virtual hibernation since the summer. During an in ring segment between Vince McMahon and Lesnar's "legal advisor" Paul Heyman, Brock made an unexpected appearance. The massive superstar hoisted the WWE Chairperson onto his shoulders and slammed him into the mat. As part of the building story, Lesnar broke McMahon's hip, requiring emergency surgery. In truth, McMahon was scheduled for hip surgery long before the fight with Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE with much fanfare last year. His arrival last April marked the first time that Brock Lesnar had stepped into a WWE ring in close to eight years. Lesnar's vast popularity allowed him to secure a very lucrative contract. The two parties came to a deal worth a reported five million dollars, in exchange for a very limited number of appearances. Since returning in April, Lesnar has only wrestled two matches. One against John Cena, and one against Triple H. He has appeared on a number of WWE Raw episodes in order to promote those bouts. Sources have recently disclosed that Brock Lesnar either signed a similar deal, or is likely to sign a contract extension.
It's apparent that the WWE is still optimistic that Brock Lesnar's appearances will score ratings for the long running series. Since adding a third hour block last year, the WWE has not been able to sustain its usual high ratings. The company has pulled out all the stops several times in the last year, including using wrestling legends, celebrity appearances, and part time superstars like Brock Lesnar, The Rock and Chris Jericho.