Just as SummerSlam was winding to a close the show had one more surprise in store, and that surprise was former World Champion and MMA star Brock Lesnar.
After a gruelling encounter, Roman Reigns retained his title finally pinning John Cena after a huge Spear. While Reigns celebrated as he has done so many times over the last year, that familiar music echoed throughout the arena.
Brock Lesnar is back.
Sporting a new grizzled look, Lesnar marched to the ring in trademark fashion, soaking in the adoration from the fans as he went. Taking his time, The Beast finally entered the ring sauntering up to Reigns as only a man with multiple titles in multiple sports can do.
The pair exchanged words in the middle of the ring before Reigns walked away.
The scene was played out in front of not only a raucous crowd but also a stunned Paul Heyman. Reigns’ Special Counsel famously appeared as Lesnar’s advocate for the vast majority of his career. The former ECW head honcho managed to compose himself enough to leave alongside his current charge.
The appearance from Lesnar was his first inside a WWE ring since WrestleMania 36 where he lost the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre.
— WWE (@WWE) August 22, 2021
The shock comeback wasn’t the only surprise of the night as Becky Lynch also made her own return to the squared circle.
After Bianca Belair made her entrance it was announced that Sasha Banks wouldn’t be competing at the event. This brought out Carmella who appeared to be Belair’s new challenger, but The Man had other ideas.
After quickly taking care of Carmella outside the ring, Lynch challenged Belair. While Belair accepted, she quickly regretted her decision after being felled by a right hand and a version of the Rock Bottom leaving Lynch as the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.