The wrestling universe is currently abuzz with anticipation as the plans for the return of WWE’s behemoth, Brock Lesnar, take shape. The Beast Incarnate, known for his ferocity and immense physical prowess, has been conspicuously absent from WWE since the high-stakes showdown at SummerSlam 2023, which marked the conclusion of his thrilling best-of-three series with Cody Rhodes. With the new year on the horizon, all signs point to Lesnar’s return in early 2024, setting the stage for an electrifying comeback.
A Riveting Rivalry: Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes
The enthralling saga between Brock Lesnar and Cody Rhodes kicked off in May 2023, captivating the WWE universe and setting the stage for a rivalry of epic proportions. The series began with Rhodes defeating Lesnar at WWE Backlash, establishing an early lead and intensifying the competition. The fiery exchange of victories continued, with Lesnar retaliating with a vengeance later that month in Saudi Arabia at WWE Night of Champions, evening the series.
Dave Meltzer’s Insights into Lesnar’s Return
In a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, veteran wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer provided valuable insights into the plans for Brock Lesnar’s highly anticipated return to the squared circle. Notably, Lesnar’s absence was deeply felt during Crown Jewel, marking the first Saudi show in recent memory without the presence of The Beast.
Meltzer further shed light on the circumstances, stating, “When Lesnar lost to Rhodes cleanly at SummerSlam, it was by design. At that time, the plan had already been set for him not to make his return until the Royal Rumble season or the television events leading up to that marquee show. These plans were meticulously crafted months in advance.”
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Countdown to the Royal Rumble 2024
WWE enthusiasts are eagerly counting down to the upcoming Royal Rumble, a highly anticipated event that is scheduled to take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on January 27, 2024. Notably, the official Royal Rumble poster does not feature Brock Lesnar’s name, but this omission is far from a sign of his disappearance. The reason lies in Lesnar’s prominent presence on the WrestleMania 40 poster, a clear indication that The Beast will make his return in April 2024 for the grandiose wrestling extravaganza.
Lesnar’s 2023 WWE Journey
Reflecting on Brock Lesnar’s WWE journey in 2023, it becomes evident that his appearances throughout the year have been impactful and unforgettable. The year featured a brief yet explosive appearance in the Royal Rumble, a clash with Bobby Lashley that ended in disqualification at Elimination Chamber, a triumphant battle against Omos at WrestleMania, and the thrilling best-of-three series against Cody Rhodes that culminated at SummerSlam.
As the wrestling world eagerly anticipates the return of the powerhouse that is Brock Lesnar, fans can’t help but speculate on the explosive impact he will undoubtedly bring to the squared circle in early 2024. The countdown has begun, and The Beast is preparing to make his thunderous return.