Paul Heyman has led some of the most successful WWE Superstars since he made his return to the company in May 2012. Since then, he has been involved with Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and Curtis Axel. All three men have experienced plenty of success.
Axel has gone from a Superstar who most fans had probably forgotten was even on the roster to the reigning Intercontinental champion. Axel has successfully defended that title against guys like Wade Barrett and The Miz.
Punk held the WWE title for 434 consecutive days, the kind of title reign that is unheard of in the modern era. Since losing the title to The Rock at the Royal Rumble and subsequently coming up short against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, the relationship between he and Heyman has soured.
Then you have Lesnar, the man who is probably the closest to Heyman. Lesnar is now being used by Heyman as protection after Heyman cost Punk a chance to win the Money in the Bank All-Stars ladder match. Now the two are on a collision course that likely ends at SummerSlam.
Whether he be leading his current clients or battling his former clients, Heyman will have much of the spotlight from WWE this summer. So how will things go for Axel and Lesnar?
Curtis Axel Will Face Rob Van Dam at SummerSlam
Lesnar will not be the only one battling one of Heyman's former allies, as Axel will engage in a conflict with Rob Van Dam, leading to a match at SummerSlam for the Intercontinental title.
This would be RVD's first appearance at SummerSlam since 2003 when he lost to Kane (he did face Rene Dupree in a dark match in 2004).
Who Will Curtis Axel Defend the Intercontinental Title Against at SummerSlam?
There wouldn't be much WWE would need to do in order to build this match. RVD is a former six-time Intercontinental champion and matching up against him would do wonders for the career of Axel.
On the Monday night before SummerSlam, WWE could pull Lesnar in despite the limited appearances he may have on his contract in order to set up a huge tag team main event. Lesnar and Axel versus Punk and RVD.
The match itself between RVD and Axel would be a very athletic, back and forth contest that could set the pace for the rest of the night. In the end, RVD comes out on top and wins his seventh Intercontinental title.
Brock Lesnar and CM Punk Will Build a Great Match Heading Into SummerSlam
While Lesnar may not appear every Monday night, the tension for this match can be built with the superior talking power of Heyman. He can poke and prod Punk every week, leaving him a seething, yet focused opponent for the monstrous Lesnar.
In the weeks leading to the pay-per-view, Punk will take out his frustrations on bigger opponents that help prepare him for the test he faces in Los Angeles. After getting pinfall victories over Jack Swagger and Big E Langston, Punk will be ready.
Of course, Lesnar probably will make another appearance or two before the showdown and since he has gotten the best of Punk so far, Punk will get in his shots heading into the event. On the Monday night before SummerSlam, Punk be standing tall after putting Lesnar down with the "GTS."
Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk
Lesnar has two hard-fought victories over Triple H since returning to WWE, but he will find that Punk will present a much different challenge at SummerSlam.
Lesnar will look to employ his physical style and punish Punk from the opening bell, but it will be Punk who is not only able to hang with Lesnar, but take the fight to him as well.
Who Wins at SummerSlam?
Punk will take Brock to the limit in this match and come very close to winning it, but victory will escape him in the end as Lesnar will hit the "F-5" to pull it out.
Heyman will leave SummerSlam without the Intercontinental title in his stable, but he will be satisfied with Lesnar's performance. After all, Heyman stated that Punk can't beat Lesnar this past Monday night.
After SummerSlam, Axel can focus on regaining the Intercontinental title from RVD and a series of matches between the two would be booked. Lesnar will have even more momentum following his win over another top Superstar as the company tries to start building a mega match for him at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans.