Ever look at the calendar and think, "Holy shit ... already?"
Happened to me earlier when I realized that SummerSlam, scheduled for August 18, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, is exactly one month away. That only gives us four episodes of Monday Night RAW to get the rest of the card ship-shape for next month's big shindig in "The City of Angels."
We also have five episodes of Smackdown! if you count them, but I think most of us would agree that a majority of the twists and turns take place on the organization's flagship show, whereas the Friday night offering -- previously recorded -- is more of a straight line.
Then, if you factor in all of the 1-800-FELLA commercials, video replays, highlights, WWE App polls, Twitter plugs, backstage skits and long-winded promos, all of which burn up valuable airtime, we may only have an hour between now and Aug. 18 to make this card meaningful.
Seeing as how this is one of the four horsemen when it comes to WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events, I suppose it doesn't really matter, since most fans who actually order events will be opening their wallets for what is now the twenty-six installment of the late summer show.
Having said that, because it is one of the big four, it should be booked that way.
The good news is, we're getting the John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan championship title bout in the main event, as expected, though I do know I'm not the only one who wishes the powers-that-be had just given him the damn briefcase. You know, icing on the cake and all of that stuff.
At least he's in.
But how does the rest of the card shape up? Too soon to tell, but it does have the potential to be one of the best cards of the year. CM Punk will more than likely tangle with Brock Lesnar in Punk's post-Heyman career and with limited dates, I can't think of anyone I'd rather see Brock work with.
Two matches down and shit, as long as they deliver, the rest is just gravy.
That doesn't mean I don't have high hopes for a planned Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E. Langston feud. For one thing, it will be nice to finally see Big E. competing against a meaningful performer and just the thought of Ziggy bumping against a guy with Langston's power already has me marking out over the GIF potential.
Not sure I need AJ Lee, as lovely as she is, interfering in this one.
One person I would love to see run interference is The Undertaker. Word 'round the water cooler is "The Deadman's" little brother Kane is going to be facing the world's most dangerous rocking chair next month and since "The Big Red Machine" is outnumbered by the Wyatt Family, it would be nice to see him get a little help from "The Phenom."
Though if we follow the order of operations, shouldn't 'Taker be getting back at The Shield first?
No matter, as they may or may not be going head-to-head against The Usos again, but this time with Dean Ambrose in the house. Does that mean Mark Henry will join the faces to even the score based on last week's sneak attack? Maybe, maybe not, as it could have just been a way to get "The World's Strongest Man" off television for a spell.
Just like The Undertaker.
Rounding out the tentative card is Damien Sandow, who could find himself putting his briefcase on the line to settle the score with his ex-best friend Cody Rhodes, who got Bad News Brown'd at last weekend's Money in the Bank (MITB) ladder match.
That leaves an odd man out.
Well two, actually, as we don't know yet what's happening with Alberto Del Rio or Randy Orton. The former has to factor in here somewhere since he's wearing gold and "The Viper" has a one-way ticket to a championship title. How either of these men will be utilized and in what capacity remains to be seen.
But it's hard not to get excited about this next PPV.
I'm sure some dopey Divas match will cool things down somewhere in the middle and Curtis Axel will probably sleepwalk his way through the pre-show, but even if you have a handful of throwaway matches, there's just too much meat to complain about the filler.
Like The General told me earlier, it's a great time to be a wrestling fan.