Despite the fact that it has been widely known for weeks now that this was the direction WWE was ultimately headed, it was never made official until after a challenge during last night's (July 22) episode of Monday Night Raw in Austin, Texas: CM Punk will take on Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam on Sun., Aug. 18, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
When CM Punk steps into the ring to fight Paul Heyman client Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, he will face a Superstar who, in Punk's words, is "a monster."
Against The Anomaly, The Straight Edge Superstar will have a near 50-pound weight disadvantage, as well as a reach disadvantage, never mind an obvious shortcoming in the strength department. Depending on how well he recovers from Lesnar's savage attack on the July 15 edition of Raw - an incident that resulted in whiplash and strained knee and ankle ligaments for Punk - The Voice of the Voiceless may well be competing at less-than-peak form against an athletic abnormality who wrestles a part-time schedule.
There's little doubting these two can have a great match, in-ring chemistry pending, of course, but the bigger question is who goes over? Does it make sense to have Punk defeat Lesnar to get revenge against Paul Heyman for his betrayal and prove that he was the one his former best friend should have sided with all along?
Or is it better to have the beast defeat the best en route to a likely big money rematch? Or, if nothing else, to simply keep Lesnar as strong as possible heading into future feuds, possibly with the likes of Undertaker?
I'll leave those questions up to you, Cagesiders.
Here's the updated SummerSlam match card:
- John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE championship)
- CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar