During an appearance on a Minnesota TV station this morning, Kane mentioned that Brock Lesnar will be at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) this Sun., Feb. 23, 2014, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you were on the fence about buying the show, I think this nugget of information could change everything, assuming it's true, of course.
Since Lesnar returned on the final Raw of 2013, Paul Heyman has been touting him as the true number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. When Heyman declared Lesnar would challenge the winner of the John Cena vs. Randy Orton championship match at Royal Rumble, it made sense that he would get his title shot -- presumably against heel Orton -- in his home state of Minnesota, where Lesnar would get a babyface reaction.
Meanwhile, rumors have persisted that Lesnar will be facing Undertaker at WrestleMania and Orton will defend against Batista. Those never made sense to me. Last year, it was said that Lesnar vs. Undertaker wasn't going to happen because Lesnar was too physical. Meanwhile, why would WWE hitch its wagon to a proven non-drawing main event in Randy Orton vs. Batista?
To me, the best use of Batista and Lesnar at WrestleMania would be to have them square off in a never-before-seen match-up. Whether the WWE title is on the line or not is irrelevant. While it might not resonate with the so-called Internet Wrestling Community (IWC), who will settle for nothing less than a Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk 60-minute Iron Man match at 'Mania, to co-opt Triple H's catchphrase, Batista vs. Lesnar would be best for business drawing casual and lapsed viewers to purchase WrestleMania or -- better still -- signing up for the WWE Network for six months.
Now, with Lesnar at Elimination Chamber, that scenario is once again possible. Maybe it still doesn't happen, but the intrigue of Lesnar being at the PPV changes everything because suddenly, what looked like a predictable event could have a surprise twist of an ending.
Perhaps Lesnar replaces Christian in the chamber match itself. Perhaps Lesnar, after running roughshod and interrupting several matches during the show (how else can you explain Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neill as a PPV match?), the Authority will relent to Lesnar's demands and give him the title shot he wants ... against Daniel Bryan immediately after he emerges from the Elimination Chamber victorious.
Would it tick off a lot of people to see the rug pulled out from Bryan yet again? Probably, but not so much that they're going to cease watching. Instead, it would just add more fuel to the already raging inferno that is D-Bry's popularity and his feud with the Authority, ultimately culminating in a match with Triple H at WrestleMania that, realistically, should have been the plan ever since the kick to the gut and Pedigree that followed as SummerSlam came to a close six months earlier.
Meanwhile, we get a fresh match-up at WrestleMania between Batista and Lesnar. The Undertaker? With Sting apparently a done deal, we can finally get that dream match-up that's been discussed for the past five years. Or, if WWE really wanted to put on a special card, finally give us John Cena vs. the Streak. After all, who knows how much longer 'Taker is going to be physically able to compete to give us that match?
As for Randy Orton? The "X-Pac heat" he's been getting lately should tell the creative powers that be everything they need to know about his position on the WrestleMania card. Quite frankly, he doesn't belong anywhere near the main event.
Opportunity exists for WWE to really shake things up at Elimination Chamber, just by having Brock Lesnar there. With the Network launching the next morning and a huge Raw scheduled for Monday, WWE needs to create some buzz in a hurry. Lesnar walking out of Elimination Chamber as WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
That changes everything.