Brock Lesnar is a surprise return in the latest episode of SmackDown, attacking Roman Reigns and sending the audience into raptures. After offering him a handshake, the Beast handed his devastating F-5 to the 'Tribal Chief', only to take down the Usos as well.
Subsequently, WWE announced that the two will face off again at SummerSlam - the biggest pay-per-view of the summer - in a Last Man Standing match. Their rivalry seemed to be over at WrestleMania 38, after Reigns unified the two world titles by defeating Lesnar cleanly.
In the latest edition of his now famous podcast, former WWE manager Jim Cornette explained why the company has decided to bring Brock back for the umpteenth time.
Jim Cornette on Brock Lesnar's return
“There have been some unexpected events in the last few weeks.
We have learned that Randy Orton's back injury is more serious than expected and that he would be out for the rest of 2022 in the event of an operation. Previously there had been the injury of Cody Rhodes, which had not prevented him from entering the ring at Hell in a Cell.
Randy and Cody were two of the main attractions and WWE had big plans for them," Jim Cornette explained. “In the face of these events, the company had to make quick decisions ahead of SummerSlam. They've already moved Money in the Bank from stadium to arena, they don't want to do the same for SummerSlam.
This is how Brock Lesnar's umpteenth return is explained" - Jim commented. Bill Apter echoed: “With Randy Orton out of the game for several months, WWE needed to bring a huge attraction to summer shows. Right now, Lesnar is the only credible opponent for Roman Reigns and the Bloodline.
Someone will definitely turn up their noses, but the WWE Universe can't get enough of him. La Bestia sells the tickets, helps the ratings and will allow the company to make a bang at SummerSlam 2022. I think the company had no other options."
On the latest episode of his Broken Skull Sessions show, Austin spoke to Jeff Jarrett about some wrestlers’ inability to raise concerns with their bosses. Reflecting on his own communication problems over the years, the WWE icon recalled how he handled his booking against Lesnar the wrong way.
“I wish I would have communicated better with Vince back in the day when I had my issues with doing the favors for Brock that day,” Austin said. “All I had to do was show up at the building that day and talk things over, but I just took my ball and went home. It is all about communication”.