The match of Brock Lesnar Vs. John Cena at WWE Night Of Champions 2014 may have some critics complaining that WWE creative is not being that creative. But even though it’s rumored that Triple H is pushing Lesnar for a big match at WrestleMania 31, it seems hypocritical that the WWE 30 day rule regarding the WWE Heavyweight Championship belt will be completely ignored so soon.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, it’s rumored that Daniel Bryan was supposed to take the SummerSlam 2014 beating that John Cena ended up taking. But now that Bryan may undergo the Tommy John surgery, it seems the fan favorite will be out of the ring indefinitely.
The reason the John Cena Vs. Brock Lesnar match is hypocritical is because Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were constantly harping on Bryan for not defending the WWE title belt due to his injuries preventing him from wrestling. Last we checked, Lesnar’s WWE schedule does not have the Beast defending his title at Monday Night RAW or Smackdown any time soon. SummerSlam 2014 took place on August 17 and WWE Night Of Champions is scheduled for September 21, 2014, which means there will be a 35 day gap where the title is not being defended. So will HHH and Stephanie call Lesnar out, or will that be conveniently be ignored as part of the narrative?
Technically, the WWE supposedly still has the 30 day rule on the books that says a champion must defend his WWE title at least once on TV or on PPV within a 30-day mandatory period or will be forced to drop the belt. But this “rule” has only been enforced when management desires it to be part of the story line. For example, when Dwayne Johnson won the WWE title on January 27, 2013 at Royal Rumble, he defended the title once on February 17, 2013 at Elimination Chamber, but then he went without defending it until WrestleMania on April 7. But, unless I missed something, there wasn’t exactly a clamor by Triple H for The Rock to be stripped of his belt.
But should Lesnar even be forced to defend his title outside of a major WWE PPV event? Paul Heyman has already hinted that the 30 day rule should be ignored in favor of a lasting reign by Brock Lesnar and the current rumor suggests the featured WWE title match will be Brock Lesnar Vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31.
For the sake of discussion, let’s assume Lesnar is given a match card for RAW or Smackdown. Who should he even fight? Randy Orton is clamoring for attention, but even then the predictable result would be that whoever faces Lesnar on a weekday would inevitably lose. So while having “lesser” title defense matches within 30 days may keep the rules, it’s possible that having those matches would diminish interest in the WWE PPV events, which is where much of the money comes from.
Do you think Brock Lesnar should be able to ignore the 30 day rule for the WWE Heavyweight Championship belt?