WWE’s second biggest event of the year, SummerSlam, is just 10 days away and most people have already resigned themselves to the probable result. Part-time superstar Brock Lesnar will defeat John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Before the match was officially made I was already sure that Brock would leave Los Angeles as the champ, but recent reports have confirmed that he is scheduled for RAW in Las Vegas the following night; that makes it a foregone conclusion in my book. Sure, it could mean that Paul Heyman and Lesnar will show up so Brock can throw a fit and disappear for another few months. I just find that to be highly unlikely.
Lesnar is not scheduled to appear at the next pay-per-view, Night of Champions, which raises the question: what will take center stage if the WWE World Heavyweight Title isn’t there? Granted that even with both the WWE Title and World Heavyweight Title being defended on the show in 2011 CM Punk and Triple H headlined, however this year the landscape is different. There isn’t currently a featured storyline that could take center stage — there’s no power struggle (which is a good thing) and while The Authority is making a lot of wrestlers’ lives a living hell there isn’t a singular Superstar who is taking the entire brunt of the assault.
That said, Lesnar being the absentee champion can be a really good thing or can lead to more of the same. In the best case scenario it can create some opportunities for guys who have had fewer chances to shine. That can mean that the Intercontinental Championship may get some more of the spotlight and start becoming a more important and sought-after title again. That may especially become the case if Sheamus gets added to the Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz match for the rumored unification of the IC Title and United States Championship at SummerSlam. It could also give them the opportunity to build the unification match for Night of Champions. Instead of doing a straight one-on-one match between Miz and Sheamus they could run some qualifying matches or even a tournament with the winners getting title shots on the PPV, and then at the end of the night the champs can have the unification match.
There are many scenarios that can play out. My favorite would include (and this is in general, not just for the Night of Champions show) the US title being absorbed into the IC title resulting in the belt being made more important along with a tournament to crown the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I’m talking a long tournament, too. Everybody on the roster gets to be in it, losers can get second chances by winning triple threats or other types of matches, rivalries play out within the tournament and continue as guys get eliminated… the possibilities are endless. Do a couple of five-on-five elimination matches at Survivor Series with teams consisting of wrestlers already eliminated from the tournament and have all of the survivors from the winning teams put into their own mini-tournament in order to get back into the main tournament.
I’m not playing around; this thing can last for months. Bring back former stars — both legends and young guys who just aren’t employed any longer. Let Brock sit out for the vast majority of it but have Heyman keep a fairly continuous presence on TV. Lesnar can do pre-taped video interviews every once in a while. Not live via satellite, mind you. Pre-taped. Just to make it even more evident that he just does not want to be there. I guess what I’m saying is that I really love tournaments. It would be something so different from the usual and incredibly refreshing. They can create new stars, make the other titles more important by using them for main event PPVs and big shows and just provide a truly refreshing experience for everybody.
Or they could just have John Cena fight The Authority for months and have him win every match while trying to convince everybody that he is facing insurmountable odds. Ya know, whatever works.