Who will Brock Lesnar face during WWE SummerSlam?
July 5, 2016 - WWE
WWE star Brock Lesnar is going to have a outrageous summer, as he’s set to pretension UFC 200 6 weeks before his initial WWE compare given WrestleMania 32 during SummerSlam in a Barclays Center.
WWE announced during a Jul 4th book of Monday Night Raw that Lesnar’s SummerSlam competition will be suggested on this Thursday’s partial of SmackDown, that is rather bizarre for a array of reasons.
1. WWE is dropping outrageous SummerSlam news in a run adult to a subsequent scheduled pay-per-view (Battleground), that Lesnar is not (yet) scheduled to be a partial of.
2. Lesnar’s competition will be suggested on SmackDown, yet dual weeks before SmackDown goes live – definition a proclamation will possibly be marred by a live throng Tuesday night or edited into a uncover afterward.
3. Lesnar’s been totally absent from WWE programming, as has his disciple Paul Heyman, and has 0 impasse in any ongoing storyline.
A SummerSlam proclamation seems totally out of a blue, yet it’s happening. So who should Lesnar face?
Let’s run by a vital contenders now active on a WWE roster:
Seth Rollins/Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns: Announcing a compare opposite any one of these 3 this week would be weird, given that we don’t know who a WWE champion will be after Battleground. WWE could usually state that Lesnar will take on whoever is a champion during a time, withdrawal it open to any of a ex-Shield members.
John Cena: Is concerned in an sharpening (and must-watch) storyline with AJ Styles, that should cap in a SummerSlam compare between a two.
AJ Styles: See above. The Club could also be headed for a tab adversary with Enzo and Big Cass, who rushed to Cena’s assist on Raw Monday.
Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn: The former best friends will face any other during Battleground in a compare that is being billed as a finish of their ongoing feud, so a leader would hypothetically be giveaway to pierce on and face Lesnar during SummerSlam. We don’t know who’s winning until after a Lesnar announcement, though, and it’d be correct for WWE to keep these dual in a ring as prolonged as possible, as they consistently broach match-of-the-night performances.
Cesaro/The Miz/Alberto Del Rio/Chris Jericho: Also famous as “the rest of a Intercontinental pretension picture.” Lesnar vs. Cesaro would be an jaunty showcase that fans could simply get vehement for, yet nothing of these group have a genuine tie with Lesnar.
Baron Corbin/Apollo Crews: Both impassioned longshots, yet if WWE wants to make these former NXT stars (who haven’t unequivocally found their footing) demeanour strong, a compare with Lesnar could potentially accomplish that. Or, some-more likely, he’d suplex them into oblivion.
Bray Wyatt: Is too invested in what is branch into a unequivocally engaging argument with The New Day that will positively widen into SummerSlam.
Rusev: The Bulgarian Brute’s not going from Raw matches with Titus O’Neil one week to a argument with Brock Lesnar a next.
Sheamus: Lesnar vs. Sheamus isn’t accurately a form of compare we wish to pretension a second-biggest pay-per-view of a year.
Darren Young: Is a everlasting “Make Darren Young Great Again!” array heading to a Young-Lesnar match? Probably not!
Simply put, a timing of a Lesnar compare proclamation creates it greatly tough for WWE to convincingly put a luminary already invested in an ongoing storyline into a pointless compare opposite a part-time (but colossal) star. It usually wouldn’t make sense.
What seems some-more expected is Lesnar confronting another part-timer, or a wrestler set to make a return/debut. Here are a few options:
Randy Orton: It turns out that Vince McMahon wasn’t revelation a law when he announced that a Viper would be entrance behind within 30 days some dual months ago, yet Orton should be prepared to lapse from shoulder medicine by Aug and he’s a large adequate star to share a ring with Lesnar, even if they don’t have a pre-existing feud. The usually intensity problem with Orton is timing – he still has to make his comeback, and unless he does it this week on SmackDown, it’d be a small peculiar for WWE to announce that Lesnar is confronting a man who hasn’t seemed on WWE programming given September.
Triple H: Another main-event-caliber performer that has radically left given WrestleMania, The Game would be a unsatisfactory (and illogical) option.
The Undertaker: Lesnar mislaid to Taker in a categorical eventuality of final year’s SummerSlam, yet their argument with Lesnar’s win during Hell in a Cell. There’s unequivocally no need for another section in a Lesnar-Taker feud.
Shinsuke Nakamura: The extravagantly renouned Japanese luminary seems headed for a categorical eventuality compare opposite Finn Balor during NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on a eve of SummerSlam. Nakamura faced (and mislaid to) Lesnar in 2006 during a Tokyo Dome, and while a rematch would be amazing, a timing isn’t right for 2016.
Goldberg: Rumors have swirled around a intensity Goldberg return, and he recently pronounced in an talk with Stone Cold Steve Austin that he’s still training intensely. Promos for WWE 2K17, that facilities Goldberg as a playable character, have enclosed some hints during a Goldberg-Lesnar match, and a dual would expected adore a possibility to make adult for one of a misfortune WrestleMania matches of all time.
Dana White: we mean, Vince McMahon has to be removing something out of vouchsafing Lesnar quarrel during UFC 200, right?
Kurt Angle: This is a longest of long-shots (outside of, say, Hulk Hogan), yet Angle suggested in a new radio talk that he’s oral with Triple H about a intensity comeback. It’s substantially not happening, yet imagine a suplexes.