According to a July 24 report from Cageside Seats, Brock Lesnar is booked to appear on just one episode of WWE Monday Night Raw before next month's SummerSlam pay-per-view spectacular. Lesnar, 37, is advertised for the Aug. 11 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, which will be filmed at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Surprisingly he is not on the card for the July 28 show, which goes down at the Toyota Center in Houston. No word yet from the WWE on why Lesnar won't be appearing on next week's show.
The reason is likely a simple one. Lesnar is a part-time performer for the WWE, as he typically only appears during Wrestlemania and SummerSlam seasons. The WWE likely wants to give him a week off, before bringing him back for the SummerSlam go-home episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. Lesnar also isn't on the bill for the Aug. 4 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, but the rumor is that he might make a surprise cameo that night.
Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champ, is booked to wrestle John Cena next month at SummerSlam, so the plan was to use the next few weeks of Monday Night Raw as a vehicle to hype their feud. The WWE might see it as the Lesnar vs. Cena feud not needing much hype, since its the promotion's top heel against their top babyface. The fight might just sell itself. Lesnar and Cena have battled inside the ring twice before, with each man reigning supreme once.
SummerSlam will be the place where the rubber match between Lesnar and Cena goes down. Which man will be the victor of the trilogy? In all likelihood, Cena will drop the belt to Lesnar at SummerSlam, and the former UFC champ will then lose it at Wrestlemania 31. The plan is for the 15-time champ to lose to Lesnar at SummerSlam, which would set up a bout between Roman Reigns and "The Beast Incarnate" at Wrestlemania 31. Even though the ending of Lesnar vs. Cena III is predictable, it's still a must-watch for pro wrestling fans.
Next week on WWE Monday Night Raw, the plan is to have Cena take center stage and address the crowd about his feud with Lesnar. Since Lesnar won't be there, Cena will have the opportunity to say whatever he needs to say, without needing to actually wrestle. Lesnar and Cena could have a more elaborate confrontation on the Aug. 4 or 11 Monday Night Raw shows. With the first batch of WWE Network subscriptions set to expire this September, the WWE is working hard to stack the SummerSlam card with exciting bouts that fans want to see. Lesnar vs. Cena was a great place to start.