The highly anticipated match between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar didn’t turn out to be an all-time classic, and it was far from being the best match on the show, as matches such as Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins and John Cena vs. AJ Styles were much better, but because of its conclusion, it may have been the most memorable match at this year’s SummerSlam.
The match went exactly how most people expected it to go, as Lesnar hit Orton with several German Suplexes, while Orton mounted little offense. Of course, he did end up hitting an RKO out of nowhere, but like most of the RKOs from out of nowhere, it wasn’t quite out of nowhere.
After about 15 minutes, Lesnar hit Orton with an F-5, which “The Viper” kicked out of. Then Lesnar took off his gloves and began drilling Orton with some ground and pound, and towards the end of the sequence, Lesnar hit Orton with an elbow to the forehead, which ended up busting Orton wide open. The match was stopped shortly thereafter, and Lesnar was named the winner via TKO.
As you can see from the pool of blood in the photo posted above, the cut was pretty severe, and in an update posted on WWE.com just a little while ago, it was revealed that Orton needed to get 10 staples put in his forehead to close it up. Other than that, it appears that WWE’s “Apex Predator” is fine and that he’ll probably be returning to action this Tuesday night on SmackDown, where he’s expected to begin feuding with Bray Wyatt.
“WWE.com has learned that Randy Orton has received 10 staples to close a laceration on his forehead following the brutal assault by Brock Lesnar that resulted in a TKO at SummerSlam.”
After the match had ended, Lesnar continued beating on Orton, which led the fans in attendance to chant for Goldberg, who, of course, was rumored to be making his return to the company at the event. However, the former WWE and WCW World Heavyweight Champion didn’t end up returning, and instead, SmackDown general manager Shane McMahon came out and attempted to stop Lesnar, and the show went off the air after Lesnar hit Shane with an F-5.
Goldberg was in Brooklyn, which was the site of this year’s SummerSlam, for a promotional event on Friday night, and during the event, both he and Brock Lesnar teased a future match with one another. Furthermore, during a recent interview in Germany, Goldberg pretty much guaranteed that he was going to return to WWE at some point and that he would get in the ring with Brock Lesnar upon his return.
It seems pretty clear that Shane McMahon is going to bring in Goldberg to feud with Lesnar at some point, so we can look forward to yet another Raw vs. SmackDown match, possibly at WrestleMania 33.
Prior to SummerSlam, it had been reported that Brock Lesnar was going to challenge for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in January, which could end up happening, but if Shane McMahon is going to bring in Goldberg at some point, then it wouldn’t make any sense for Lesnar to go after Raw‘s main Championship, unless Goldberg is going to return and cost him the Title, which would lead to a match between the two at WrestleMania 33.
If Goldberg doesn’t end up returning at some point, then a lot of WWE fans will be disappointed that all the trash talk between he and Lesnar was just to promote a video game. But that likely won’t be the case, and we’ll probably end up seeing the former WCW star return to WWE within the next couple of months.
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