Brock Lesnar’s first WWE took place at Extreme Rules 2012, but his first big match will take place at SummerSlam 2012 in August. While plans can change at a moment’s notice, the WWE has some interesting plans on the table for the former UFC champion’s first “A” pay per view.
It was pretty obvious watching this week’s WWE Monday Night RAW where Lesnar is heading next. In a segment opening up the show, Triple H vetoed the new contract that Brock Lesnar received the week before. Lesnar then attacked Hunter and broke his arm. Dave Meltzer reports on the F4WOnline.com podcast that the current plan is to add Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H to SummerSlam 2012.
“One idea floated around this past week was Lesnar vs. Randy Orton as the main event for SummerSlam,” is what Meltzer wrote in his Observer last week. Meltzer’s partner in crime on their website, Bryan Alvarez seemed a bit more definitive on his reporting in the Figure Four Weekly newsletter although that appears to be wrong.
I was a bit surprised by the news last week. I would expect an Orton vs. Lesnar match to headline a “B” show pay per view, but not SummerSlam. The match is certainly intriguing, but they have a long way to go in rehabilitating Orton for the match. Orton has been marginalized over the last year to be just another guy on the roster. He is hardly pushed with the mega push he has received the last several years. In order for fans to see this as anything but a squash match, Orton needs to start going over some guys…fast! Well, it looks like plans have drastically changed.
To be fair, Meltzer also speculated that the plan could change in his article. Meltzer did pontificate that Triple H could wind up wrestling Lesnar as opposed to Orton. Meltzer rationalized that by giving Hunter the match, Lesnar gets to go over a big name while at the same time not hurting any of the full time stars. It would appear that Hunter is getting Lesnar at the biggest party of the summer.
Lesnar vs. Hunter is far and away a bigger money maker than Lesnar vs. Orton. I know that Hunter still has his detractors but I don’t think there is any babyface in the WWE now or in the last couple of years that is more over than Hunter. The time away has really reinvigorated the fan’s appreciation for The Game. There is a really good chance that he can wind up getting more attention for his match with Lesnar than Cena did. The fact that the match would be on SummerSlam should automatically give these guys a bigger buyrate than Extreme Rules 2012.
Triple H is a great opponent for Lesnar. Brock can go out there and destroy Hunter without anyone feeling that he is damaging the future of the company. It is a tricky situation with Lesnar. He is signed for a year but could quit at any time. What happens if you put Lesnar over all of the younger guys and he leaves without returning any favors? A win over Triple H isn’t going to hurt anyone. A win over Randy Orton, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, etc. could have bigger ramifications.
I can’t find any records anywhere of Lesnar ever facing Triple H in a singles match. They did wrestle in a Triple Threat match during Lesnar’s first run in a match that included The Rock. Lesnar was scheduled to wrestle Triple H once on RAW but Hunter backed out due to injury and Lesnar wound up demolishing a bunch of other guys. The intrigue here of the first time singles match should play well in the hype.