The Piledriver Report 07.24.14: Plan C
Posted by Ronny Sarnecky on 07.24.2014
Ever since Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight championship at WrestleMania XXX, Triple H has always talking about having a plan. Following Bryan’s injury that forced him to relinquish the title, Triple H talked about having a Plan A and a Plan B if he couldn’t get the title back into his control. On RAW, Plan C was revealed as Brock Lesnar. The Piledriver Report takes a look at Brock Lesnar and his shot at the title.
There's always a backup plan. At least in the world of the World Wrestling Entertainment playground, that's what the Triple H character wants you to believe. This past Sunday night, Plan A failed. Plan B of Seth Rollins cashing in the briefcase didn't even get a chance to try to succeed. Instead, Triple H went right to Plan C. Plan C was bringing in the "Beast" Brock Lesnar to bring the WWE World championship back to the corporate clutches of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
At SummerSlam 2014, Brock Lesnar will get the opportunity to wrestle the WWE title away from John Cena. The WWE couldn't have asked for a better main event for their second biggest show of the year. When Brock Lesnar made his long awaited WWE return the day after WrestleMania XXVIII, he immediately set his sights on John Cena. At the following pay per view, Extreme Rules, the former UFC Champion and the face of the WWE participated in a match that was very rare in today's WWE. Their fight, while not a shoot fight, seemed one step away from one due to the stiff nature of the blows that were taken by each man. At the time, the rumors were that their clash would be the only time the two men would square off during Brock's latest stay in the WWE. It was a shame, because they had great chemistry in the ring together, and put on a much better performance than any of the three subsequent Lesnar/Triple H battles that would take place over the next year.
At the time, I thought that the WWE made a mistake by having Lesnar lose to John Cena. Brock needed to be portrayed as an unstoppable monster until he was finally defeated by either The Rock or the Undertaker at an upcoming WrestleMania. Looking back over Lesnar's current stint in the WWE, I am even more certain that the WWE dropped the ball in, not only having Brock lose to John Cena, but also having him lose to Triple H at WrestleMania XXIX. By the time Brock Lesnar fought the Undertaker at this year's WrestleMania XXX, it seemed that he wasn't an unstoppable beast. Instead, he was just another guy. It was this missing aura that caused no one to believe that Brock Lesnar would end the most coveted of streaks in wrestling. Would the fans have been as shocked as they were when the Undertaker's shoulders were on the mat for the third slap of the referee's hand? Probably. However, by running roughshod over everyone in the WWE, after defeating the Undertaker, Lesnar would really seem unstoppable. After all, he would have beaten John Cena, Triple H three times, CM Punk, the Big Show, and the Undertaker at a WrestleMania! Who would be able to stop him? By the time someone did beat him, it would have been a huge deal. Imagine an unstoppable Brock Lesnar taking on Roman Reigns at the upcoming WrestleMania XXXI, as is rumored. If Brock blew through all of the competition in his three years since returning, a victory by Roman Reigns would help cement him as the next big thing in the WWE.
Shortly after Daniel Bryan captured the WWE World Heavyweight championship at WrestleMania XXX, the rumor was that Daniel Bryan would have a successful title reign where his biggest challenge would come at Summer Slam, where he would defend the title against Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan is no of the few remaining dream matches that the WWE has left at this time. While there is a huge size difference between the two, both men are seen as legitimate wrestlers. Brock has the pedigree of being an NCAA and UFC Champion. Bryan has the reputation of being the "best in the world" from his days as the Ring of Honor champion.
It was a match that I would have loved to see happen. First, both men would have put on a hell of a show. Secondly, I'm not sure who would have gone over. They could have continued to build off of Brock's momentum from beating the Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania. Or, they could have continued to solidify Daniel Bryan as the biggest star in the WWE next to John Cena. Unfortunately, Daniel Bryan's injury caused the plans to be changed. While we aren't getting the Lesnar-Bryan dream match, we will be getting Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena II. That's not a bad substitute.
From all indications, Brock Lesnar should leave SummerSlam as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. However, what happens after that? Brock Lesnar has a very limited road schedule. If you listen to Paul Heyman on several podcasts, when talking about Brock Lesnar working more dates, Heyman doesn't sound enthusiastic about that scenario. One rumor floating out there is that Brock will hold the WWE World title until WrestleMania where he would drop the title to Roman Reigns. That would give Brock a seven month reign if uninterrupted. The only other pay per view that he is scheduled to be on is the show in September following SummerSlam. You can't go three full months with no WWE World title defenses until Brock comes back at the Royal Rumble for WrestleMania season. After all, when initially faced with a similar scenario after Daniel Bryan underwent neck surgery, the WWE was forced to take the belt off Bryan because they couldn't have their top title remain in limbo for so long. With Brock Lesnar capturing the title at SummerSlam, you would run into the same obstacles here. The question remains, where do we go from here?
The most obvious possibility would be to keep the title on John Cena. By doing this, you do not need to worry about the title being held hostage, and not defended for months at a time. While this may be the right decision, it definitely would not be the popular decision.
The popular choice would be to come to some sort of an agreement with Brock Lesnar where he works one television taping to build up a program, and one pay per view a month where he defends the title. Paul Heyman could help sell the latest Brock Lesnar program on RAW in the weeks leading up to the pay per view that Brock doesn't appear on. This could work out. What wouldn't work out is Lesnar winning the title, successfully defending the belt in a rematch with John Cena in September, and then leaving with the strap until January. By convincing Lesnar to agree to more appearances, without being greedy, you could probably feature Lesnar in some big feuds with the likes of Randy Orton, Batista (when he returns), and Cesaro (who left Heyman in a strange segment where he just said "I'm no longer a Paul Heyman guy.") This would give Brock Lesnar plenty of opponents to fill up his dance card until he would drop the title at WrestleMania XXXI. Another possible solution would be for him to win the title at SummerSlam, and then drop it back to someone at the next pay per view.
At this point, I'm not sure which direction the WWE will be taking. If it was up to me, I would try to go with Plan B. However, that would require Brock to agree to more dates. Whatever happens, the WWE has my interest in the direction they will take at SummerSlam. In less than 30 days, SummerSlam will air, and the direction of the WWE for the Fall of 2014 will take shape. It should be interesting as the Fall months will lead us to what we really can't wait for; the Road to WrestleMania!