The announcement was delivered so inconspicuously you may have missed it during the live broadcast, but on last night's (Mon., April 10, 2012) episode of Raw, it was announced that Brock Lesnar's first official match back with WWE will come at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view event set for April 29 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
John Laurinaitis brought word of the major main event, just before introducing Lesnar as the "new face of WWE."
Throughout the course of the show, it was made clear that Lesnar has aligned himself with Laurinaitis, who is pushing the new line that Brock will bring legitimacy back to the company. Obviously, their quest to do this will have to go through Cena, who still holds the perception as the most phony superstar in the industry today.
It's the right angle to push for Lesnar in his return. WWE is using his athletic exploits with the UFC (winning the heavyweight championship chief among them) to get him over as an "ass kicking war machine." The brawl they opened last night's broadcast with after a shoot slap from Cena was a great way to advance the new angle.
I'm not entirely confident these two can have a great match together, considering Lesnar will be working a match in front of a paying audience for the first time eight years and Cena simply doesn't have it in him to carry Brock on his shoulders. The story is solid and hopefully the booking is strong enough to make up for it.