In the aftermath of tonight's RAW, the WWE Universe was left with a few things
to think about leading into this Sunday's Over the Limit pay-per-view.
There was, of course, the opening tag match, a solid bout featuring WWE Champion CM Punk on one team, and his challenger for this Sunday's pay-per-view on the other. While the champion earned the pinfall, Daniel Bryan was still made out to look strong, if a bit slippery.
There was also the match between Randy Orton and Chris Jericho, which ended with Jericho's winning by disqualification (after being attacked by Sheamus) and heated words between the World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus, and Randy Orton.
With this, it would appear that these two are the focus of the four-man fight, although Jericho has been consistently picking up the wins (twice by disqualification, once clean) during the past three televised WWE events.
Both of these are top-tier match-ups, and promise to be excellent viewing for those who purchase the pay-per-view.
There was, however, another segment that particularly caught my attention: The closing bit between Laurinaitis and John Cena, at first glance damning the General Manager of SmackDown and RAW to certain termination, with rather interesting stipulations.
First of all, the match is to be a one-on-one match-up between Johnny Ace and Cena, able to be won only by pinfall or submission. This is fair, but does not bode well for Mr. Excitement. Strike one.
Do you believe Lesnar is really finished with WWE?
Second, the match is not to have any special guest referee. That means none of Big Johnny's cronies can sway the match in his favor. Strike two, Mr. Laurinaitis.
Finally, there is to be no one ringside, and any WWE Superstar who attempts to interfere in the match will be terminated immediately. Well, Johnny, strike three, and you're...wait a minute.
No WWE Superstar can interfere. This is interesting.
I seem to recall a certain WWE Superstar who recently returned, hand-chosen by John Laurinaitis himself to be the new face of the company. I recall that this gentleman lost a pay-per-view match against John Cena, had his contract torn up by Triple H, (whom he later attacked, breaking his arm) quit the company, and is still very heavily involved in a storyline without even appearing on television.
He quit, and hence is not a WWE Superstar: He is Brock Lesnar.
You may be saying, "But Brock Lesnar quit the company, and said he's never coming back as far as the storyline goes. He's not even appeared on television for the past two weeks, and has had his mouthpiece Paul Heyman doing all of his dirty work. That doesn't make sense!"
Well, while I believe that was an oddly specific thing to assume that you may be saying, I will still respond to it as though you did: We have not seen the last of Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar and Triple H currently have unfinished business. This is irrefutable, evidenced by the story angle with Paul Heyman and the lawsuits which were set into motion on RAW this evening.
Brock Lesnar also doesn't take kindly to being beaten, and righting that wrong by costing Cena a match seems right up his alley. The stipulations for Sunday's match set up tonight do not bar Brock Lesnar from doing just that.
Additionally, who really wants to see a pure one-on-one match between Cena and Laurinaitis, who is far from being in peak physical condition? That's not good television, and it won't be an interesting match.
The fact that there are stipulations stressed so heavily seems to imply that there is a way around them. The way around them? Brock Lesnar.