What are Brock Lesnar's options after SummerSlam?
The WWE has done a solid job booking the match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. The two titans have a score to settle in Brooklyn four days from today at SummerSlam.
But as I sit here writing this blog, it occurs to me that the aftermath of SummerSlam is more interesting than the match that should blow the roof off the arena in New York. What happens to these wrestlers once the feud is over? Does The Undertaker continue to wrestle? Since this is a revenge match, and the stipulation of retirement for The Deadman is on the map, Lesnar will more than likely lose this match, allowing the man who is now 22-1 at WrestleMania to live to fight another day. He may look to be in the best shape he has been in since WrestleMania 28, but ‘Taker is not back in the WWE for a long-term feud.
The former WWE World Champion has no real opposition once the match is over, which could cause issues for the company as it moves toward the end of 2015 and into 2016 with the Royal Rumble.
Who becomes Lesnar’s next challenger?
It looks like the match between John Cena and Seth Rollins will be the first of a series, which means unless the WWE involves The Beast in a Triple Threat Match somewhere along the way, he is not in the immediate plans for a title run. Hopefully that will change as the former champion still deserves the opportunity to wear the belt he never lost in the first place (didn’t we say this about Daniel Bryan earlier this year?).
Randy Orton is a logical choice, especially if the company wants to give the fans a solid program heading toward TLC and beyond. But Orton is only a stop-gap of sorts as he may be the top contender for the company title, but Sheamus has a better shot of wearing the belt before the Apex Predator.
Cena could be a possibility, should he hold the title at the Royal Rumble. But the fans might become weary of the idea of seeing the two icons wrestle again, seeing as how Lesnar destroyed The Champ in their last encounter.
There is always the idea of re-visiting a series with Rollins, but since the company killed the title match at Battleground to get to the battle with Undertaker this weekend, would that type of program keep the fans’ interest? I sincerely doubt it.
When Sheamus cashes in his Money in the Bank contract , and wins the title, does he become a short-lived champion , or a bridge champion? Fans aren’t very excited about the Irishman holding the MITB briefcase anyway.
The problem with booking and Lesnar is as obvious as Tim Tebow not being a true NFL quarterback. Why do you book him because of his size, strength and physical appearance? He is so much bigger than everyone else, he must play to the role of his opponent. Lesnar vs. Rollins looks unbelievable. He dominates someone like Cena, who is 250 pounds and makes it look easy. The same for someone like Orton.
Roman Reigns was a solid choice to face Lesnar, but now that the WWE has given him a sidekick in Dean Ambrose, that ship may have sailed and unless he turns heel (a possibility this weekend), the matchup isn’t exciting.
There are two wildcards out there in Cesaro, who is as rough and tough as they come and could present a great test of strength for Lesnar. Fans might get bored with the two principals because they have no personality, but with Paul Heyman added to the mix, this becomes intriguing to say the least.
And then there is Kevin Owens. The former NXT champion has made no secret his desire to work with Lesnar in a program. The WWE could use a feud like this to help Owens secure himself as the next great heel in the company. And it would be a match fans would pay to see.
All of these offerings could be on the table after SummerSlam, but they all could also be kicked to the curb. All we know now is the former WWE World Champion has a date with the legend he defeated to break the WrestleMania streak. And that is on the forefront of everyone’s mind right now. I wonder what they will be thinking on Monday, after all the dust has cleared?