Reports are that WWE's long-term plan for the August 17, 2014 SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) is Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
This comes from the same Wrestling Observer as the earlier item about Bryan, the man currently holding both titles, experiencing additional weakness in his right arm during his rehab from neck surgery. Rather than being a contradictory story, it speaks to how up-in-the-air WWE's plans are for their championship scene as a result of DB's injury - and probably much of the pressure that he's feeling to get back in the ring as soon as possible.
Of course, all of this changes if The Beard is not medically cleared and a new champion is determined via a ladder match at Money in the Bank.
The report raises a couple of questions:
1) What to do with Lesnar at the second/third biggest show of the year if Bryan isn't there? Will they move up (and probably rush) the rumored feud with a face-turned Cesaro? Or would he face whoever the champ is coming out of Money in the Bank (and July's Battleground pay-per-view (PPV))?
2) What's the long-term plan for Brock? If the powers-that-be were going to insert him into a title match for his first outing after conquering The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania, are they planning on making him a part-time champion? Or would they have him lose the follow-up to one of the biggest wins in pro wrestling history?
Lots of interesting speculation based off of this report and what sounds like unfortunate news concerning the speed of Bryan's recovery.
What do you make of it all, Cagesiders?