Earlier this week on Raw, WWE began to hype the fact that Brock Lesnar’s opponent at SummerSlam would be announced on last night’s episode of SmackDown. The announcement was finally made, and it’s official that “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar will be taking on “The Viper” Randy Orton at SummerSlam!
Orton has been out of action for nearly a year with a shoulder injury after damaging several ligaments and partially tearing his rotator cuff. His recovery initially was expected to keep him out for only four to six months, but word had come out in the past that the recovery was taking longer due to the extensive damage to Orton’s shoulder and his history of shoulder injuries.
Brock Lesnar hasn’t been seen in a WWE ring since he competed against Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania 32 in an altogether disappointing outing. The match was hyped as a coming out party for Ambrose and his hardcore history, but instead all the viewers got were a few weapon shots and roughly ten minutes of Brock Lesnar looking imposing. Despite the disappointing performance, Lesnar did defeat the man who now holds the WWE Championship.
The timing of the announcement is interesting, as Lesnar will make his return to the octagon against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 this Saturday, July 9th. As for this duo, they’ve both been a part of the WWE since all the way back in 2002. Both made their debuts in the same year, and went on to have outstanding accolades.
While they’ve met in the ring before, Lesnar and Orton have never competed against one another at a pay-per-view event. They’ve never had a long program, and are still relative strangers to each other in the world of WWE. Brock Lesnar is expected to return to television for the WWE Draft on July 19th, but it’s likely that we’ll see his advocate Paul Heyman back on Raw as early as this Monday.
As for Randy Orton, the man once known as The Legend Killer has to be hungry to return to the ring, and there’s no bigger legend today than Brock Lesnar. Can The Viper claim glory and push himself to the top of WWE once again? Or will he become just another victim of Brock Lesnar?