Brock Lesnar’s systematic decimation of John Cena at last night’s WWE SummerSlam made a part-timer the decisive WWE World Heavyweight Champion at a time when the top of the card has never been in such flux. Given the outcome of the rest of the card, and given so many people’s predictions for Survivor Series, the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 31, I wondered, what’s actually *next* for Brock Lesnar. Now, no offense to these guys, but as I jotted down some notes, I thought:
John Cena: Looks like a bitch, would be too soon, would feel like a rehash 30 days later.
Daniel Bryan: Out for at least three more months.
Roman Reigns: The jury is still out as to if he’s ready yet. (But when has that stopped WWE?)
Bray Wyatt: Got his win back against Chris Jericho, but he’s a heel.
Dolph Ziggler: Once a midcarder, always a midcarder.
Cesaro: He can be rebuilt, but not against Lesnar.
Sheamus: A lost cause.
Seth Rollins: Not believable…
And then I had to pause to remember an Instagram post from Triple H last night, which showed him shaking hands with Lesnar’s advocating Jew, Paul Heyman, with the comment,
“Love it when a good plan comes together…”
Those dots may tell the whole story. After all, since when did any part of Triple H’s recent storylines ensure Brock Lesnar winning the WWE World Hvt. Championship, or, for that matter, John Cena losing it? Hunter has been wrapped up with Daniel Bryan, Nikki and Brie Bella, Stephanie McMahon, Kane, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
Ohhh, that’s right, Seth Rollins, the guy who holds the Money in the Bank briefcase, which guarantees him a shot at the WWE WHC any time he (or his boss) wants it. With a beast (incarnate) like Brock Lesnar holding the title, wouldn’t “any time he wants it” logically be the night after a huge fight, and the night after being lulled into a false sense of security by the COO of the company?
Triple H has touted a “youth movement” in WWE now that he’s at the helm of talent relations. Those real-life business comments could play themselves out on TV tonight, and his “plan” to truly rule the roost could certainly “come together.”
(Side note: The idea of Brock Lesnar losing the WWE WHC tonight would actually cost WWE millions of dollars in potential PPV buys and WWE Network subscriptions, but that never stopped a fantasy booker before.)