WWE has to get through three major pay-per-view (PPV) events in a little over two months, because SummerSlam is on Aug. 17 in Los Angeles, and we still haven't gotten to Money in the Bank (June 29) or Battleground (July 20). Heck, we don't even know when or if Daniel Bryan will be healthy enough to return.
Which makes talk of a Brock Lesnar match at SummerSlam a bit premature.
I would definitely be in favor of seeing those two square off in a wild main event, but I'd rather wait until Bryan is 100-percent healthy. You don't need a protracted build when it comes to Lesnar, I recognize that, but if you have to be protected in a match with "The Beast Incarnate," then why even bother?
Knowing Bryan, he would probably go full bore anyway, and I think I like that option even less.
Neck injuries can dramatically shorten a pro wrestling career and there's really no reason to pull the trigger now when you can take the extra time to do it right. We still have Survivor Series and Royal Rumble as the "big" PPV events and a perfect way to set them up.
Bryan returns to face Kane at Money in the Bank (MITB) but then OH NOES he gets laid out by Lesnar and can't compete! What a horrible turn of events! The champ will have to be stripped of the title and MITB goes on with a championship ladder match.
And it's all
Seth Rollins Brock Lesnar's fault!
It's a good way to keep the heat on Lesnar post-Undertaker and it also keeps Bryan the babyface, forced out of action through no fault of his own. I know WWE is terrified of losing the momentum it built at WrestleMania 30, where it rewarded the YES! Movement, but it would be nice if Creative gave fans just a little bit of credit.
Don't worry, we'll still like Bryan when he gets back.
And we'll stand and cheer, just like we did when Stone Cold returned from neck surgery, and just like we did when Triple H had his leg reattached. The list goes on. I would think it would be harder to have Brock Lesnar follow up his performance against "The Deadman," just because we see him so infrequently.
A hoss fight against Cesaro?
I'd be down for that, but I'm not sure it does anything but cool down the sizzle from 'Mania. I realize we can't hang onto it forever, but giving it up so quickly would, I think, diminish the breaking of "The Streak." Lesnar is about as beloved as Seth Rollins right now and it should be taken advantage of.
And I doubt anything other than Bryan's complete and total annihilation would suffice.
I would really like to see Brock come out and incapacitate the champ (kayfabe) so that D-Bry can take the time to heal properly. Then Lesnar can F-5 the bunny from the Adam Rose entourage and fade into the background, as opposed to snarling his way through some hastily-assembled title match before summer's out.
Don't worry Vince, we can wait.