WWE Rumors: Brock Lesnar, SummerSlam 2012 Results and Monday's Top WWE Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2012

Courtesy of WWE
Courtesy of WWE

With the biggest event of the summer behind us, WWE is going to be doing a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, the company has to keep focused on building up its monthly pay-per-views as a way to make them feel important. 

On the other hand, with all of the major events for 2012 over, WWE is going to be slowly settling into Royal Rumble and WrestleMania season next year. 

All that starts tonight on Raw, as we know Brock Lesnar will be appearing on the show to do something. We will have to wait to figure out the answer to that, but the speculation can begin right now. 



After last night, WWE is putting the two participants in the SummerSlam main event in the same building again. Triple H might want to beat up Lesnar after the way the crowd treated him last night, but Lesnar will be an interesting case this week. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What can WWE do with Lesnar?

Our Take: Therein lies the dilemma, because Lesnar only has so many dates left on his contract and most will be used come Royal Rumble and WrestleMania season. He can just brag about his win, but then what? Do they set up a big match at the Royal Rumble? Is Lesnar going to be working at Survivor Series?

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Mystery Stories

Lesnar's contract actually makes everything he does that much more interesting. We never know when he will show up, so it is going to be up to WWE to make sure he is in position to showcase himself. 

Deeper Dive

Confirmed For Monday's Raw (WWE)



In what is becoming a familiar pattern for WWE, SummerSlam left a lot to be desired. The opener with Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler was fun, but until the Triple H-Brock Lesnar match, nothing was really clicking. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What was the biggest surprise from last night?

Our Take: Lesnar winning clean in the middle of the ring. Nothing else was really that shocking or surprising. CM Punk winning by taking advantage of a situation was expected; Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio was fine until an overwrought ending ruined it; Jericho beating Dolph Ziggler can't be a surprise because Ziggler never wins. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Pay-Per-Views

I thought Triple H would find a way to put himself over in the match. Not only did he lose, but he did it clean in the middle of the ring by getting submitted. Now WWE can setup Lesnar vs. Undertaker as one of the big WrestleMania matches. 

Deeper Dive

Grading Every SummerSlam 2012 Match (B/R)



Despite WWE treating last night as a semi-retirement, Triple H is reportedly not looking to stop wrestling completely. In fact, according to PW Insider, WWE is possibly looking at doing a rematch with Lesnar at Survivor Series. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Should WWE go back to that well?

Our Take: No. Sometimes rematches are justified, but in this case, taking Lesnar back to Triple H after he destroyed him would be a mistake. Plus, I would bet a lot on Triple H needing to go over in that one just because he lost the first match. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Non-Retirements

It was interesting that WWE tried to go for the big retirement pop last night after Triple H lost. It didn't come, which likely made Vince McMahon and Triple H cringe. The chants of "You tapped out" likely didn't help anything. 

Deeper Dive

Backstage News on Triple H (PW Insider h/t NoDQ)



In a move that should come as no surprise to anyone, the talk involving a Rock-Cena WrestleMania rematch is reportedly coming from Vince McMahon. If WWE thinks that match will draw big again, it certainly makes sense. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will that match actually draw big again?

Our Take: It can, sure, because it is WrestleMania and Rock is still huge. But if it gets built in a similar way to last year's match, I don't know how much interest will remain. WWE does love that 50-50 booking, where no one really goes over, it makes sense to have the rematch. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 WrestleMania Rematches

To me, you only want to do a WrestleMania rematch following a classic match (Undertaker-HBK, Undertaker-Triple H). Rock vs. Cena was fine for what it was, but it didn't have the feel of "Oh wow, I have to see that again." At least we will, presumably, have Lesnar vs. Undertaker to give us something new. 

Deeper Dive

Update on Rock vs. Cena: Part Deux (Figure Four Online h/t NoDQ)


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