WWE Summerslam 2012: 10 Storylines We Need to See Addressed at Next Huge PPV
WWE Summerslam will be held live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles in two-and-a-half weeks and the card is starting to take shape.
We know that Brock Lesnar will battle Triple H and Sheamus will defend the WWE World title against Alberto Del Rio.
We also found out on Monday Night Raw that CM Punk will be forced to put his WWE title on the line against both John Cena and The Big Show in a triple threat match.
But what else should the WWE add to this show? How can they make it appeal to all of their audience and how can they make it live up to it's billing? After all, this is their second biggest event of the year.
Here are ten things WWE can put on this show to not only entertain their crowd, but also to advance their current storylines.
Make a Decision on Tensai
Remember when this guy came in? It was only about four months ago, but in that time, WWE has managed to make absolutely nobody care.
Reports suggested that Tensai would receive a "big push" and it did start out that way. But then, it was like the creative team hit a wall.
He began to appear on WWE Superstars, rather than Raw and Smackdown.
From there, they took the robe and samurai helmet off him during his entrance.
He then began to attack his sidekick, Sakamoto, who still escorts him out for every match.
Each week, it's like watching a guy we've never really seen before and one that the company doesn't seem to know what to do with.
Rather than bring him back as A-Train, they decided upon this character. But why?
Summerslam is a chance for them to give Tensai a match on the Pay-Per-View event, even if it's another match with Tyson Kidd. If he's not on the show, it may be a sign that they'll just never know how to use the guy.
Get Something Going with the Divas
It may not be the best crop of divas the WWE has ever had, but they need to be featured much more than they are.
This is another area that WWE just doesn't seem to know how to appropriately book. If your name isn't AJ, you might not be used too much.
The last two episodes of Raw have not featured a divas segment aside from those that AJ was involved in.
Eve Torres had a very interesting direction developing as an assistant to John Laurinaitis, but after he was removed from television, that went away.
Layla is the current Divas champion and when was the last time we saw her in action?
WWE has some very talented female performers such as Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Eve and Layla and they should get some action at Summerslam.
Even if it's one of these summer-themed battle royals, at least it would give the girls some exposure and a chance for a feud over the divas title to develop.
Ryback Still Undefeated
The WWE is bringing Ryback along slowly, but Summerslam might be the time to take the brakes off.
Ryback has remained undefeated since his debut, soundly defeating superstars such as Jinder Mahal, Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins.
But it's time for a step-up in competition and with a few shows remaining until the Pay-Per-View, there is time to set up a program with a more threatening opponent.
If Mark Henry were ready to return, a match between those two men would make a lot of sense.
The Returns of Big Name Superstars
Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio have both returned from absences, both having to sit out suspensions for violating the company's talent wellness policy.
Orton made his return Monday night on Raw, promptly defeating Heath Slater, who challenged anyone on the "current roster" to face him.
As for Mysterio, he may not be on the level that he once was, but he's easily still one of WWE's more popular competitors.
Orton is obviously still one of their top tier stars as well. Reports have suggested that despite Orton's numerous disciplinary problems in the past, he will still be pushed as a main event star.
The WWE needs to make the most of the name value that these guys have while they're still members of the roster and so, they both should be booked in featured matches at Summerslam.
Tag Team Scene
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth have been the WWE Tag Team champions for three months now. That reign should have been more like three weeks, or not at all.
The reason a team like this holds the title is because WWE has been so poor at creating actual tag teams for several years now.
Still, the second biggest event of the year should see a match for the Tag Team titles.
Titus O'Neil and Darren Young—the PrimeTime Players—seem destined to be the next tag team champs and if that's the case, I say make the move at this event.
Besides, wouldn't we all like to see Kofi get another run in singles competition?
Is Daniel Bryan Going to Face Charlie Sheen?
It may not be the best idea WWE has ever come up with, but it seems a sure thing that Daniel Bryan and Charlie Sheen will be involved in some sort of angle at Summerslam.With a guy like Sheen, WWE is destined to get some mainstream recognition.
While it's doubtful Sheen and Bryan will square off one on one, expect to see Sheen in the corner of the man who Bryan does face at Summerslam.
Chris Jericho/Dolph Ziggler
The WWE has set up a very intriguing situation between Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler.
Fresh off winning the World title Money in the Bank briefcase, Ziggler claimed that Jericho had "lost his touch" before 'Y2J' made him eat a 'Codebreaker'.
The two have battled back and forth since and it has set up what could be a very exciting match between one of the company's brightest young stars and one of it's all-time greatest performers.
Recent reports suggest that Jericho's WWE tenure is about to come an end, which, if true, would really be a shame, because Summerslam would be a great place to have these two talented men settle things in the ring.
New GMs: AJ and Booker T
Raw and Smackdown both have new General Managers and this will be their first Pay-Per-View event since taking office.
AJ and Booker T should both be featured prominently at the event and each should be involved in a big decision. Maybe the two could even set up something big involving both Raw and Smackdown?
The Miz Rising Back to the Top
On RAW 1000, The Miz became the new WWE Intercontinental champion after pinning the shoulders of Christian to the mat.
This made The Miz a triple crown winner within the company and put a stamp on the former WWE champion's rise back up the card.
Prior to filming The Marine 3, The Miz seemed to be losing to everyone. But his absence also seemed to rejuvenate the character and he came back with a slightly new look.
Now as IC champion, there are plenty of superstars The Miz could face at Summerslam to get on the show. He's already beaten Christian twice, so what about a title defense against a guy like Brodus Clay? After all, The Miz suffered multiple clean losses to the 'Funkasaurus' prior to leaving for filming. Getting a measure of revenge on the monstrous Clay could be very big for The Miz.
CM Punk and Rock
After CM Punk's surprising attack on The Rock on the 1,000th episode of RAW, fans have got to be salivating at the thought of those two men facing each other.
Punk didn't back off his actions on Monday either, publicly disagreeing with Jerry Lawler's assessment that The Rock was the WWE Universe.
Yes, Punk has other matters to concern himself with at Summerslam and with a triple threat match in front of him, he may not even leave L.A. with the WWE title.
But the WWE should add to this storyline on the show, even if it's a very small addition.
The Rock doesn't have to be there and no one expects him to be, but all WWE would have to do to further this angle would be to have Punk make some more disparaging remarks to 'The Great One' via backstage promo. They could even make things more interesting by having John Cena choose sides in the ordeal.
Either way, WWE should know that a CM Punk vs. Rock match is money.