Brock Lesnar is in the midst of possibly the most controversy he's experienced since becoming a household name in 2002.

While his return to in-ring action for WWE against Randy Orton is one of the most highly-anticipated WWE matches of the summer, his tarnished win against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 has everyone questioning Lesnar's integrity.

Having tested positive for an anti-estrogen drug, whatever hope MMA fans may have been holding on to for Lesnar's attempt at recapturing the UFC Heavyweight Championship has since vanished.


Instead, fans of Brock Lesnar look ahead to August 21 when he faces Randy Orton at SummerSlam 2016. Announced shortly before his fight at UFC 200, the WWE has already been promoting this match for nearly a month. With Lesnar being selected by Raw in the WWE Draft and Orton being taken by SmackDown, Lesnar vs. Orton may be the only cross-promotional match on the card.

What follows is one part in a series of WWE SummerSlam history articles, in which we take a look at a WWE Superstar's record at SummerSlam and see what their past experiences might tell us about that competitor at WWE SummerSlam 2016 on August 21.


Win-loss record at WWE Battleground

When he shows up, SummerSlam is a big event for Brock Lesnar. In six prior appearances, Lesnar walked away with a victory four times. And of those six matches, four of them were the evening's main event.

Overall, his record is 4-2. He went 1-1 during his first two appearances in 2002 and 2003. Since returning to the annual event every year since 2012, he's gone 3-1. 

WWE Battleground title matches

Half of Lesnar's SummerSlam match-ups have been for the biggest title that WWE had to offer at the time (which, incidentally, was a different belt each time).

In 2002, Lesnar captured his first WWE Undisputed Championship less than a year after he had debuted in WWE. The following year, when he challenged for the WWE Championship without Paul Heyman at his side, he was unsuccessful.

Eleven years later, with Paul Heyman once again representing The Beast, he captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He's never entered SummerSlam as the champion, but he's 2-1 overall in title matches at WWE's biggest party of the summer.

Worthy competition at Battleground

Considering the fact that he's only competed at SummerSlam in six singles matches, it would be hard to come up with a more impressive list of opponents for any wrestler of the last 20 years.

The list of future WWE Hall of Fame inductees that have come toe-to-toe with The Beast Incarnate at SummerSlam includes The Rock, Kurt Angle, Triple H, CM Punk, John Cena and The Undertaker. Adding Randy Orton for 2016 only makes the accomplishment more impressive.


Predictions for Battleground 2016

While SummerSlam 2016 will be more than four months since Lesnar's last WWE match at WrestleMania 32, it will be Randy Orton's first big match in over nine months.

So it's a big return for two of the biggest names in WWE. Like every match that Lesnar has ever had at SummerSlam, it's a marquee match-up that could easily headline the event if Vince and company so choose.


It's a somewhat unusual pairing for such a big event, given the fact that the two have no real significant history together and haven't been feuding at all.

However, given Lesnar's history at the event and the value of his name in pop culture, it would seem likely that Brock will defeat Randy Orton at SummerSlam.

WWE SummerSlam 2016 airs live, exclusively on the WWE Network on August 21. SummerSlam will be available to stream on-demand immediately via the WWE Network.

The SummerSlam Kick-Off Show begins at 7/6c.

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