Yesterday, Stephanie McMahon announced her family would meet to decide how to “take action” against Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar for their actions on last Monday’s Raw. The Beast and his Advocate had committed the crime of “disrespecting the WWE” by putting speakers in his Money in the Bank briefcase, and by saying they would announce their plans for the contract in said briefcase but then failing to do so.
A short time ago, Heyman issued this statement on Twitter in response to Stephanie’s condemnation:
Ladies and Gentlemen, please be advised my client @BrockLesnar hereby cashes in the @WWE #MoneyInTheBank contract ...#RAW @StephMcMahon @WWERollins #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/35SWHC2c65— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) May 31, 2019
At some point between 8PM and 11PM Eastern time on Monday night, Brock will face Seth Rollins for the Universal championship.
Whether or not it placates the McMahons, they clearly hope this will convince viewers to tune in and stay tuned in on June 3. With the threat of a cash-in looming, the second hour audience for the May 27 Raw showed little drop off from the opening hour. That may have helped inspire this creative direction. It could also mean Paul & Brock pull the same trick, get threatened with punishment again, then we do this same dance on June 10.
The other thing to consider is that this is the Super ShowDown ‘go home’ show, and Lesnar doesn’t have a match announced for Fri, June 7 in Saudi Arabia. Rollins is supposed to defend his title against Baron Corbin in Jeddah. Could a screwy finish on Monday set-up a Triple Threat in King Abdullah International Stadium?
We’ll find, I guess. Let us know what you think below. I’ll be over here trying to piece together exactly how they managed to completely overbook a cash-in in less than two weeks.