The past week has hosted a great deal of speculation regarding Shawn Michaels' involvement in the main event of SummerSlam. Some say Michaels will aid Triple H, while most others claim Michaels will turn on his best friend, thus setting up a future feud.
The latter route seems much more interesting, in my opinion. It allows for several other happenings in the WWE Universe to be tied together.
Let's look at this scenario logically.
If Shawn Michaels betrays Triple H, he could not feasibly be acting on his own. Sure, he could kick Helmsley and walk out of the arena as Brock finishes the job, but where would that leave the WWE Universe? We would have a self-contained feud between Michaels and Helmsley, and that's about it.
What if The Showstopper has been in collusion with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman for some time? What if he turns on his best friend and reveals an arm that is perfectly unbroken?
A stable consisting of Michaels, Heyman and Lesnar would do wonders for the WWE Universe's need for a strong antagonist presence.
But is it enough?
The idea of pairing WWE Champion CM Punk with Paul Heyman has recently made the rounds on Internet wrestling news outlets. This pairing could signal a return of the CM Punk character that won over legions of fans with his anti-WWE sentiments last summer.
Does WWE need a more powerful antagonist presence right now?
It seems reasonable to me. If a great portion of your fans have soured on your product, turn your product into its own antagonist. Agree with fans, give them what they want.
Picture this scenario: CM Punk wins at SummerSlam with an intentional assist from Big Show, another former "Heyman guy". John Cena, the golden boy of WWE—whom Punk has labeled as a fake, corporate puppet—is manhandled, and ultimately incapacitated. Later on in the evening, a kick from Michaels spells the end for Triple H in his battle with Lesnar.
At the conclusion of Sunday's show, we are left with a new heel faction of Paul Heyman, Big Show, Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar and, of course, the WWE Champion CM Punk. Some might say that Big Show doesn't fit here, but there would be no other place to put him as a heel. He couldn't very well be by himself and still factor into major story lines.
This would create the first real conflict in the WWE Universe in a very long time, and the icing on the cake would be that the WWE Championship—the one plot element in WWE's canon that is supposed to signify where the true power lies—is in the middle of it all and in the possession of the central antagonist.
Think Ganon holding the Triforce, only this time, Ganon is way cooler than Link.
The story lines are already in place.
CM Punk despises and wishes to expose the fraudulent nature of John Cena (which older wrestling fans would enjoy).
The Big Show wants to destroy a company that never gave him a chance to be "the man" and would also serve to protect the WWE Championship.
Heyman desires power of his own, which he believes is attainable now that Vince McMahon is a shade of his former self.
Brock Lesnar finds pleasure in collecting huge paychecks from WWE while violently displaying his might against it and, at the heart of it all, Shawn Michaels wishes to stop Triple H, who he believes has been corrupted by his newfound corporate duties.
Such a scenario could lead to a great build for WrestleMania, as well. Punk versus Cena would be relevant again. Punk versus Rock would be much more meaningful, considering The Rock is the biggest product the WWE machine has ever produced. Michaels could wrestle Triple H next year for control of WWE, whether it is he or Heyman who may inherit the job.
The possibilities are exciting.
This could happen, but probably will not. At the very least, it is fun think about.
That is, until you imagine the possibility of Kevin Nash getting involved. Then again, he has popped up in the news lately, so I wouldn't rule it out.
Comments, please. Keep in mind this is just a fantasy scenario.