With Brock Lesnar recently re-signing with WWE for another two years, the question becomes who will face him next after his expected rematch with Triple H at WrestleMania 29?
There had been rumours that on the big show itself or shortly thereafter that Lesnar would turn babyface and do the obvious break up angle with CM Punk and Paul Heyman. With Randy Orton expected to become a villain again, he would provide another fresh marketable opponent for Lesnar to face in his new role as a good guy.
These are both perfectly sensible ideas, but it's easy to question whether it's too soon to pull the trigger on positioning Lesnar as a hero, as, on paper, the bigger money matches would be with babyfaces The Rock, The Undertaker (provided he's healthy enough to do it) and John Cena.
Moreover, Lesnar is a natural heel and struggled in the role of Smackdown's lead babyface in his previous WWE run, so keeping him as a bad guy for as long as possible would be a shrewd move. His weakness, the inability to cut long compelling promos, would be harder to hide without a heel mouthpiece by his side.
Well, it looks like WWE have come to their senses. According to Dave Meltzer on today's Wrestling Observer Radio Show, The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar is going to happen, unless plans change again, of course, either at SummerSlam 2013 or WrestleMania 30. Apparently, that's the next big match WWE wants to promote after Rock vs. Cena II and it's just a matter of deciding on the right date for it.
To me, it feels like too good a main event for SummerSlam and such a marquee attraction should be saved for next year's WrestleMania.
However, it is known that WWE wants both Rock and Lesnar on the biggest show of the summer, as WWE would really like the Hollywood community to become a much bigger part of the SummerSlam festivities, which has been held in Los Angeles every year since 2009. By booking a match between the two at SummerSlam 2013, it would help make it seem like an event almost on a par with WrestleMania and make the local media and stars take more note of the show.
The question then becomes is The Rock free to do the match this summer? The answer to that question will likely dictate when it happens.