Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H at WWE SummerSlam Now Bathroom Break Material
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The biggest angle of the summer has been compromised in yet another uncoordinated mess of legal drama and courtroom mumbo jumbo as the WWE reprises its always unproductive fetish for the lawyer angle.
Not once in its storied history has the seemingly obligatory "suing" storyline drawn but a food stamp for the WWE (see RAW walkout). Still, the fetish persists as the wrestling company fixated on entertainment continues its puzzling theme of rehashing proven duds in the hopes of seeing a different result.
This time around, the WWE has opted to forgo the built-in model of booking Brock Lesnar. The model is simple, really. He's big, he's bad, and one million buys later, they're rich.
The life-imitating-art gimmick of Brock Lesnar as a war machine was utilized to perfection upon Lesnar's return to the WWE.
Then, he bloodied up John Cena on multiple occasions, resulting in spikes in ratings and pay-per-view buys. Yet Lesnar's inexplicable loss to Cena at Extreme Rules was just a glimpse into how incompetent the booking would get for an otherwise proven draw.
These simple, yet effective, booking patters were originated by WWE and damn-near perfected by the UFC, although it appears as if the fed has opted to change direction in favor of something more intricate.
Brock Lesnar's longtime friend and storyline manager Paul Heyman, in all his brilliance, has been made to look like a cowardly fool. A litigious clown whose past failures are a point of emphasis, despite being irrelevant to the build-up, as his (story line) management of Brock Lesnar begins to get away from him.
Heyman traditionally plays the heel character to perfection, and it's not uncommon for a villain to deceive en route to getting what he wants.
Heyman's insistence of Lesnar planning to sue Triple H, as the former UFC Heavyweight champion lay dormant, seemed right up the heel alley as something a shrewd character like Heyman would lie about, only for team Lesnar to pull the wool over Triple H's eyes when he least expected it and beat him senseless.
Unfortunately, the hyped RAW 1000 showdown between Lesnar and Triple H saw no such heat. Instead, it was revealed that Lesnar had, in fact, been hiding, with the former war machine finally deciding to hit the ring after being called out vicariously through Stephanie McMahon.
The UFC's biggest pay-per-view in history happened this month. It was between two individuals who could not stand each other, two polar opposites, with Chael Sonnen playing the role of a villain through entertaining-yet-line-crossing public rants, while Anderson Silva's continued dominance in the octagon was his selling point. No lawyers. No wives. No managers (save the occasional Ed Soares barb). No problem.
The story between good and evil is one of simplicity, and catering to the lowest common denominator to stimulate the highest possible interest.
Evil Lesnar's disappearance from television for contractual reasons was a potential creative gold mine. The powers that be could have cooked up a host of simple reasons explaining Lesnar's dormancy, and the ensuing resistance for a Triple H-Lesnar match at SummerSlam, which were congruent with Lesnar's monster appeal.
Was he suspended for being too dangerous? Are the Board of Directors afraid of what he'll do next to their leader? Is he too unstable to be around WWE officials, superstars and fans?
Not if you ask his lawyer.
Following Brock Lesnar's attack on Triple H prior to his departure, an attack that saw Lesnar (kayfabe) break The Game's arm, any built-in tough guy momentum implicit in Lesnar disintegrated when creative suddenly decided to put down the logic and put on the sport coats.
Heyman, acting as Lesnar's liaison, and Triple H would spend the next few months pasting together a storyline that suddenly infused ambiguity in the babyface/heel dynamic. Both individuals donned matching suits and ponytails while exchanging petty, personal barbs.
The much-anticipated fight between Triple H and Brock Lesnar was suddenly one grumpy redhead away from The People's Court.
Remember how hot CM Punk was before Triple H sauntered into the storyline in full-on authority figure mode? Remember what happened after? I won't blame you for forgetting.
Who will win the SummerSlam match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar?
The 2011 de ja vu littered in this angle is frightening.
The WWE brought in Brock Lesnar with long-term WrestleMania 29 plans in mind, therefore victory for him during his limited stay is imperative for this box office bully to maintain credibility.
Come SummerSlam, however, I think we all know how this one is going to play out.
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