Paul Heyman may be doing a damn good job in his absence but he's still not an adequate substitute for Brock Lesnar, right?
Well, after taking a ton of time off thanks to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) trying to conserve as many dates as possible on his contract, it appears Lesnar's next appearance won't be until the Aug. 13, 2012, episode of Monday Night Raw, which emanates from Dallas, Texas.
Which just so happens to be the go home show to SummerSlam, where Brock is expected to be in the main event match against Triple H.
There have been doubts for some time now regarding whether or not Lesnar would jump ship from WWE back to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) despite retiring from mixed martial arts (MMA) back in December of last year. UFC President Dana White seemed downright giddy at the thought, gushing to media members about a meeting he had set up with Brock.
Then the meeting took place and White went dark, seemingly adding fuel to the fire that something was about to go down. Instead, the Octagon boss later revealed the meeting went terribly, likely because he came to realize Lesnar wasn't going to be coming back to make him millions of dollars with the UFC again.
Instead he'll head back to the squared circle to do the dance with Triple H while posturing with Vince McMahon and playing all sides against each other.
This isn't to say Brock won't make a surprise return before Aug. 13, such as the 1,000th episode of Raw on July 23, but with as few dates as he has left on his contract, it would seem to make sense.