The WWE is undergoing many changes, and its culmination is at WWE Raw in Pittsburgh. This will be the first episode of any WWE TV show that will showcase the brand split and the effects of the WWE Draft. New rosters, new feuds, and new matches will commence on Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley’s new brand. There are those who criticized the WWE Draft because the roster isn’t as equal as they wanted. However, stars will be made on both shows.
On SmackDown Live, they were able to capture Dean Ambrose, the current WWE champion, AJ Styles, John Cena, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, and many others. As far as young talent, the ones to look out for are American Alpha on the blue brand. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable will become the best tag team in WWE history. That’s a huge prediction, but they are on track to live up to their already high expectations.
As far as the WWE Raw brand is concerned, it’s been said multiple times, but they have most of the star power. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are the heavyweights on the red brand. Also in the action is Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley (when she is on the main roster full-time), Finn Balor, the New Day, and Enzo and Cass. After all of that, McMahon and Foley drafted the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. Normally, he’s not just an individual draft pick. He comes in a package deal with Paul Heyman.
In a recent article by the Inquisitr, Paul Heyman’s contract with the WWE did indeed expire. That did make the WWE Universe doubt his future with the company. Will he appear at WWE SummerSlam next month in Brooklyn? According to Daily Wrestling News and the WON, Paul Heyman isn’t expected to leave the WWE anytime soon.
“Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Heyman is still expected to be with Brock Lesnar at WWE SummerSlam for the match against Randy Orton next month.
“While Heyman is not under contract right now, there was on falling out between he and WWE – the contract just expired and there was no rush to get it re-signed, perhaps because of Heyman wanting to focus on other commitments.”
Without Heyman, Lesnar isn’t as effective. Before anyone criticizes those comments, Lesnar is just a big body with a good bit of charisma. He’s a great wrestler and can’t be comparable athletic wise. His athleticism is off the charts for a guy his size. That said, he still needs a mouthpiece to be the man he is known as today. Lesnar can’t fend for himself when it comes to marketability. It’s a good thing that Heyman is there to build his matches and reputation even higher.
It’s the little things Heyman does that help, but they are so subtle that only he truly knows how much he is helping. Leading up to Lesnar’s fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200, he spoke about Lesnar’s intelligence after earning a $2.5-million purse for just showing up.
“Brock Lesnar is the smartest athlete on the planet, and I would suggest that the media has absolutely no clue what Brock Lesnar made for that fight.”
Would Brock Lesnar know to say that in an interview to promote his own brand? He presumably knows that fact, but he wouldn’t go ahead and say that. Lesnar is all about business, and the WWE realizes that. He isn’t cheap to book, even if it’s only for a few dates a year. When he does show up in a WWE ring, though, the WWE Universe watches in awe. There will not be another Lesnar, just like there won’t be another Paul Heyman.
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