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WWE might have changed their SummerSlam and WrestleMania 34 plans

Thursday’s Rude Awakening looks at potential plans for WWE’s major shows, Cody Rhodes’ success outside WWE, and more Southpaw Regional Wrestling.

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We’ll just cut right to the chase here: this edition of Rude Awakening is going to deal with rumors, which means potential spoilers. So, if you don’t want to see that discussion, just start scrolling straight to the bullets below to catch up on what’s going on in the wrestling world.

Still here? Alright, so, rumors came out almost immediately following WrestleMania 33 that the plan for WrestleMania 34 was Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, in a rematch from Mania 31 — this time, without Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase and taking the title for himself. In between, thanks to Braun Strowman’s rise and popularity and general awesomeness, we were likely to get Strowman vs. Lesnar at SummerSlam. It appears as if all of these plans have now been changed, and WWE is going to go in a number of different directions for both SummerSlam and Mania 34.

Dave Meltzer, in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, discussed how it now appears that the plan for Mania is Reigns vs. John Cena — hence the John Cena, Free Agent thing they’re promoting his return with. To get there, Reigns is going to have to face Lesnar sooner, and that would happen at SummerSlam, which is why Reigns challenged the winner of Lesnar vs. Joe on a recent episode of RAW.

These plans could still change (or change back), but if WWE stays the course with these main event plans, there’s a whole lot of shuffling that has to go on. Where does Samoa Joe go after feuding with Lesnar, especially given how over he’s gotten as a total badass in the lead-in to their match at Great Balls of Fire? Does this mean Braun Strowman is losing to Reigns in a feud that it seemed like he was going to win? Meltzer makes note of Joe specifically, saying he could be the reason plans change again, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

As is, we’re still two pay-per-views away from SummerSlam, and much further from the next Mania. But all of this gives fans plenty to think about in the meantime.

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