How long was Brock Lesnar's return planned?

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How long was Brock Lesnar's return planned?

As we know, Brock Lesnar returned to the rings in the latest episode of Friday Night SmackDown, after a long hiatus following the defeat he suffered at the hands of Roman Reigns in April at Wrestlemania 38. The Beast is back at the end of the show trying to peacefully offer his hand to Tribal Chief, who accepted it, but then, in full Lesnar style, the whole Bloodline got a nice F5 and was knocked out to confirm once again all its power.

The fans were shocked and many were also angry because we have already seen this challenge between the two many times and let's say that they almost always disappointed everyone's expectations.

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Former WWE manager Jim Cornette has pointed out why the company brought back Brock Lesnar to face Roman Reigns at SummerSlam.

Shortly after the blue show aired, we were told on social media that the two will officially compete in a Last Man Standing, a logical stipulation after all they've been through, at Summerslam. According to a new report from Fightful Select, this time it was not the original plans to bring Brock Lesnar back to challenge the Tribal Chief at Summerslam.

Before the company got to book the former WWE champion for this show challenge, the original plan for the Summerslam main event was to have Randy Orton return to face Roman. But with the latest updates on Randy, suggesting that The Apex Predator needs surgery for the back problems that are plaguing him, and therefore will have to stay out of the game for some time, there is even talk of the whole thing.

2022, Brock was called to take his place. Backstage folks were notified of Brock's return to SmackDown at around 5pm, however, his name did not appear in the internal schedules that are provided to those who work for the company.

It was also added that the plan for Lesnar's return made its way into WWE as early as three weeks ago, when the story involving Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis is thought to be already underway, although the two do not seem connected.

Cornette also pointed out how WWE moved the upcoming Money in the Bank Premium Live Event from the Allegiant Stadium to the MGM Grand Garden Arena and would hope they can avoid the same for SummerSlam. "Randy Orton is gone apparently, now they're saying for the rest of the year for a back issue I think but point is, he is not [in WWE]...

That's where Riddle's bro has been, is also injured. Orton and Cody, which could've been probably the next step for Cody after Seth "Franklin" Rollins because the two best workers on the roster at that point. But now Orton's out too, so what are they gonna do for SummerSlam?"