At the current-moment, there is no fighting champion on Monday Night Raw or Friday Night Smackdown. The United States title, Tag-Team belts and Intercontinental championships are not included in that discussion. Neither show has a major title-holder. The ratings speak for themselves, but Lesnar not being on television does hurt the product in some aspects. Nothing is worse than a show without a champion. In 2008, that wouldn’t be acceptable for one week, let alone months at a time.
However it is 2014 and Vince McMahon, as well as the entire WWE Creative staff, feels that having Lesnar off of television won’t affect the TV ratings. To make matters worse, Paul Heyman is rarely on TV anymore, just to make sure the people forget about their WWE champion. WWE fans can forgive the fact that the WWE champion is off television, but when they took off Heyman as a full-time character, the line was crossed.
To try and rectify this situation, Brock Lesnar is finally being advertised for events in December. If he is coming back in about a month and a half, that will give the WWE plenty of time to find an opponent for the Beast Incarnate. Last night on Raw, Triple H announced that the winner of John Cena vs. Randy Orton will face Lesnar for the championship. According to Ringside News, a decision is already made on Lesnar’s challenger.
As of this past weekend, the plan was still for WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar to make his return on the December 8th Slammys RAW and for his first match back to be at the Royal Rumble, still against John Cena.
We noted last night that this could be a potential spoiler for Cena vs. Randy Orton at Hell In a Cell, which is now a #1 contenders match.
This time Cena and Lesnar face-off, will Cena finally prevail over the Beast? That remains to be seen, but is it even a match people want to see? Where is the diversity of Lesnar’s opponents? Only beating one man three times isn’t a successful title reign, in act, it is a pretty poor one. Beating guys like Ryback, the Big Show, Batista, Mark Henry and even a jobber like Jack Swagger would’ve given his title reign relevance.
Since his destruction of Cena, Lesnar didn’t beat anybody. Remember, Seth Rollins interfered in that match to give John Cena the victory by DQ. SO realistically, Lesnar is 1-1 in two matches since his victory over the Undertaker. Is it unfair to call his title reign a joke?
If the WWE wants to keep Lesnar on top, there needs to be multiple opponents. Feed the Beast jobber after jobber, then occasionally a fighter like Cesaro or Bad News Barrett. Then, and only then, will Brock Lesnar be taken seriously.
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