WWE Rumors: Brock Lesnar, SmackDown Spoilers and Wednesday's WWE Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2012

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It is always interesting to see the way WWE plays things after Money In the Bank. That show has become the staple of the summer, with great, exciting matches, and several story-lines that leave you wanting more. 

SummerSlam is still not the back to being at the level it once was, even with the presence of Brock Lesnar and Triple H, because nothing important seems to happen. The return of Kevin Nash last year was the big hook, and he hasn't been relevant in 14 years. 

I want to see Lesnar and Triple H, but we know they won't be around much after the show, so what does this match really accomplish? It will be a great spectacle while it is going on, though it could easily be just another showcase for Triple H. 

Here is a showcase of the best news and notes WWE has to offer for Wednesday, as well as the SmackDown spoilers at the end. 



Even if WWE doesn't want to make Lesnar look like an unstoppable heel who can destroy anyone in his path, the company may be looking to keep him around for a little while. Reportedly, WWE is set to offer him a new contract when his current deal expires.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Lesnar re-sign with WWE?

Our Take: Given the cherry deal he has right now, the money he is making, why wouldn't he? Lesnar doesn't have to commit to WWE; he just has to show up, do the angle and go home. Unless he absolutely hates what he's doing, I would bet on him re-signing. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Expiring Contracts

I actually think that re-signing Lesnar will be much better for him and WWE than what we are getting with this current run because, the way his last deal came about, everything happened so quickly. By starting anew, WWE will have time to really plan everything out for him. 

Deeper Dive

Brock Lesnar Being Offered A New Contract (Wrestling Observer h/t NoDQ)



In a move that should come as no surprise given that we learned he would be appearing at SummerSlam, Shawn Michaels is expected to be at Raw next week to help build what should be the biggest pay-per-view of the summer. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is WWE overdoing it with HBK?

Our Take: If Michaels has a purpose, I am all for it. But this just seems like a case of putting someone on a show for the sake of putting someone on a show. Lesnar vs. Triple H didn't need any help to be sold if built right, which it hasn't been. That's a bigger problem. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Appreciation Nights

Michaels has been good about not making himself into a spectacle since retiring. Usually, he likes to come back when he has a purpose. I understand that Triple H and Vince McMahon likely had a lot to do with this return, but what is he going to do? If he is going to accidentally cost Triple H the match to set up something at WrestleMania, that is incredibly dumb and a match we don't need to see for the 1,000th time. 

Deeper Dive

Michaels Making More Appearances (Wrestling Observer h/t NoDQ)



In an interview with Grantland, Kevin Nash, who only made any money in his career once because of an angle that was largely built around Hulk Hogan turning heel, decided to say that Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit hugging at WrestleMania 20 ruined wrestling. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Does Kevin Nash understand anything?

Our Take: If he did, he would know that his championship run in WWE was actually the worst financial period in the history of the company. He hates small wrestlers, for whatever reason, despite the fact that Shawn Michaels is one of his best friends. 

Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Waffle House Waiters

Nash still can't get past the fact that CM Punk destroyed him on the microphone during his final run with the company. At least he can hang his hat on all those royalty checks he is getting from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Deeper Dive

Kevin Nash Interview (Grantland)






As a way to bring his WWE character full circle before he leaves to go tour with Fozzy, Chris Jericho hosted a segment of "The Highlight Reel" with Vickie Guerrero. During the segment, Guerrero issues a challenge for SummerSlam between Dolph Ziggler and Jericho, who points out that he will be bringing back the Y2J persona before Ziggler lays him out.. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is WWE doing right by Ziggler?

Our Take: Absolutely. He may not have been a big part of this segment, but when it was over he was left standing tall over a legitimate star in Jericho. If that happens at SummerSlam, WWE could finally start getting behind the talented star. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Highlight Reels

I like the idea of Jericho bringing back the Y2J persona, even if it just for one night. Granted, it won't be exactly the same because Jericho no longer has the long hair to put in a crazy ponytail, but everyone loved that part of his career and it is a fitting way for him to go out. 

Deeper Dive

Complete SmackDown Spoilers (NoDQ) 


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