The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion arrived to WWE RAW on Monday in anger after Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins decided to cash-in at WrestleMania 31. Lesnar had been doing well against his challenger going into the event, Roman Reigns. After the third F5 to Reigns, Rollins decided to come down and cash-in to make the match a triple threat.
Rollins came in and curb stomped Lesnar, then checked to make sure Reigns was out of the ring before attempting to go for a second curb stomp on Lesnar. Brock ended up catching Rollins to do an F5 and Reigns caught him with a spear. Before Reigns could capitalize, Rollins curb stomped him and pinned the challenger-not-champion, to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Obviously Brock was livid and demanded his rematch on RAW. Stephanie McMahon came out and seemed to agree with the match happening. Later in the night, Rollins came down to take on Lesnar but decided to wait instead because he was jet lagged from his traveling and was experiencing leg pain from curb stomping both Reigns and Lesnar the night before.
Brock Lesnar didn’t like this and decided to go after Rollins anyway, sadly the champ got away. So Lesnar took his frustrations out on anyone ringside not named Paul Heyman. Not only did he take out J&J Security, but he also took out JBL and Booker T at commentary by flipping the announce table on them. Lead announcer Michael Cole managed to get away before the table came down on him but that didn’t stop Lesnar from grabbing Cole, taking him into the ring, and F5ing him.
Lesnar then did an F5 twice to a camera man, resulting in Stephanie “suspending” him.
During WWE RAW, we got word on the “condition” of Michael Cole. It was said that he suffered from a “cervical fracture” and “damaged vertebrae.” This seemed like a perfect plan… but it was not. It led to a lot of backlash for WWE. Why however?
Back on March 20th, AAA wrestler Perro Aguaya, Jr. died due to the exact same injury during a match involving Rey Mysterio. Perro also ended up going into cardiac arrest as well, but the injury was the exact same. It is not as if WWE didn’t know of this, as Triple H and Stephanie McMahon both acknowledged the passing on Twitter.
WWE obviously knew of the injury Perro had, and WWE creative knew of it as well. This has since led to huge backlash from wrestling journalists and fans, seeing as WWE didn’t have to book such an injury to Cole. They could have claimed Cole suffered from a broken neck, they could have even added a few things such as a concussion to the list. However, adding the exact same injury to tell a story is terrible. WWE knowing of the passing only makes the move even more callous in many ways and there is clearly no one who would take WWE’s side in this.
[IMG Credit: WWE.com]