Brock Lesnar walked out of the 2014 edition of SummerSlam as the new WWE world heavyweight champion, but discussions regarding whom he will square off against at WrestleMania 31 are already reportedly causing tension between Vince McMahon and Triple H.
According to F4WOnline, via Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com, “There have been a lot of rumors going around of Vince McMahon and Triple H "butting heads" creatively, including who to have Brock Lesnar face at WrestleMania 31. The rumor is that Vince wants The Rock vs. Lesnar while Triple H wants Roman Reigns vs. Lesnar.”
This is noteworthy for two reasons. On one hand, this report confirms that Lesnar will be part of WrestleMania 31. While it doesn’t mention whether the current champion will hold the title until April or not, the fact that Lesnar will be included in the build to the biggest show of the year is noteworthy for fans looking to buy tickets ahead of time.
As far as the world title is concerned, in a separate report from F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, Middleton claims that Lesnar will not hold the championship through WrestleMania 31. This should be common sense for any fan that understands his part-time schedule. He could easily vacate the championship after defeating John Cena at Night of Champions and walk away from the WWE.
The stage would be set for Lesnar to return closer to WrestleMania and attempt to take back the title.
On the other hand, the two likely opponents named in this report (The Rock and Roman Reigns) indicate that there are two very different booking routes the company could take with Lesnar over the coming months.
A match against The Rock would be a blockbuster, but it shouldn’t be for the title. The two names are big enough on their own to be a box-office draw, and the championship would be better utilized in another matchup. The Rock even told ESPN's SportsNation (video above) about previous plans for an extended program between the two men.
If Reigns is the option WWE chooses, the title must be on the line and Lesnar would have to drop the belt. Reigns could easily go on to win the Royal Rumble and main event WrestleMania against the new champion Lesnar, and the possible match between the two men would be a huge attraction as well.
The Rock vs. Lesnar is undoubtedly the bigger PPV draw, but Lesnar vs. Reigns would be the better match for the building of a new top star. After watching Cena get dismantled by Lesnar at SummerSlam, the lack of top faces is an issue the company can't ignore anymore.
One option not mentioned, though, would be Daniel Bryan. The former world champion was stripped of the title while recovering from surgery and he could return closer to the Royal Rumble. If the timing works out, the possible main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Lesnar and Bryan would be the ultimate personification of David vs. Goliath.
Bryan recently told Between the Ropes that he wants to fight Lesnar:
Brock Lesnar is, right now, out of all the WWE superstars currently active, Brock Lesnar is the one that I want. That's the match that I want. I think that match would be something different than the WWE Universe has ever seen. So, yeah, that's the match that I'm gunning for.
Regardless of whom Lesnar squares off against at WrestleMania 31, the WWE Universe is in for an interesting stretch with the Beast Incarnate as champion. As he always does, Paul Heyman took to Twitter to look forward:
TMZ’s cameras also caught up with Lesnar after a post-match dinner, and the new world champion claimed he would not be carrying two belts around for long, possibly indicating that the merger of the championships could happen sooner rather than later.
Whom should Brock Lesnar fight at WrestleMania 31?
After beating The Undertaker and vanquishing Cena, Lesnar has been booked to look unstoppable moving forward. It will be imperative for the WWE to maintain Lesnar’s mystique in order to capitalize on it with future blockbuster matches.
While building Roman Reigns would help solidify him as a top star, he needs more time to blossom. With WWE teasing The Rock vs. Lesnar in the past, the resulting battle would be the most anticipated match of the last 10 years.
Either way, the future is bright with Brock.
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