The WWE Universe waited over a decade to see Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton wrestle in their prime. The anticipation was high for their match going into WWE Summerslam because of that wait, but The Apex Predator vs. The Beast Incarnate was an exciting matchup because Orton’s RKO made him one of the few that could surprise Lesnar and steal a win outta nowhere.
However, Lesnar vs. Orton went down the way most WWE fans expected it would at WWE Summerslam. Most people expected Brock Lesnar to get the victory, but the brutality and unpredictability of the ending have created a lot of speculation about what WWE had planned for the match, and what really happened between Lesnar and Orton last weekend in Brooklyn.
After Randy Orton had kicked out of an F-5 after a grueling match, Brock Lesnar took off his gloves, delivered punches and a pair of devastating elbows, which lead to Orton being busted open profusely. After some selling of the injury, the match was eventually called off, and Lesnar won via a TKO. It was a shocking and brutal end to a matchup the WWE Universe wanted to see for years.
There has been a lot of debate since last Sunday about Lesnar’s safety in the ring, and if the finish of the match was planned by WWE officials beforehand. Some people have been demanding that Brock Lesnar be released by WWE and never wrestle in a squared circle again despite the fact that Orton knew he would be busted open by elbows from Brock. Based on the severity of the injury, Lesnar may have gone too far with those strikes, but it was all part of WWE’s plan for the finish of the match.
As of this writing, Brock Lesnar doesn’t have a history of seriously injuring his opponents in the ring since his return to WWE back in 2012. He is a legitimate UFC fighter performing in a WWE ring, which means his style is going to be very brutal and dominating. Aside from his matches being grueling for his opponents, this was the first time a serious injury has taken place.
It was reported shortly after the match that Randy Orton received ten staples in his head to close the wound from Lesnar’s attack, but he did not suffer a concussion, and he went through rigorous tests to make sure that was the extent of his injury. It is important to note that The Viper hasn’t said anything negative about the match at WWE Summerslam or against Brock aside from acknowledging the match during last week’s SmackDown with a brief promo.
As the WWE Universe continues to speculate and buzz about Lesnar vs. Orton at WWE Summerslam, the mixed response to the match just emphasizes the impact it had on WWE programming. The WWE Universe is questioning the realism of the fight, which is a great thing because it leaves the fans wanting more. In most situations, a rematch would be set between the two men after such a strong reaction to their first bout. As it turns out, that’s exactly what WWE officials are planning to do next month.
According to a new report, WWE has officially announced the rematch between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton for a WWE live event on September 24th in Chicago, Illinois. Coincidently, that WWE live event is the night before the Raw exclusive WWE Clash of Champions PPV. It hasn’t been announced as a WWE Network special, but the hype surrounding Lesnar vs. Orton II may force the hands of WWE officials to make it available on the platform for the rest of the WWE Universe outside of Chicago.
Unfortunately, WWE live event cards are always subject to change. However, the current card for the event aside from the rematch between Lesnar vs. Orton has Rusev vs. Roman Reigns for the United States Champion in a Street Fight. For what it’s worth, Rusev is still listed as the U.S. Champion. Neville and Sami Zayn are scheduled to face Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens, and many other WWE Superstars are advertised for the event, including Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Cesaro, as well as Enzo and Cass.
Of course, the interest for the WWE live event as skyrocketed now that the rematch between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton has been announced for the show. Since the match will be featured during a WWE live event, the expectation is their rematch will be much tamer than their clash at WWE Summerslam last weekend.
The visual above is what the WWE Universe will be expecting and is why fans in Chicago will buy a ticket. The big issue the rematch is going to have is high expectations after such a brutal and unexpected ending to their bout at WWE Summerslam. A routine ending for their next match would be anticlimactic despite the fact that the WWE fans knew it was a WWE live event.
It’s curious that WWE officials would make the decision to book Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton II during a WWE live event only the night before a PPV. Obviously, WWE is trying to make that weekend something big. If the rematch goes well, Lesnar vs. Orton III may be a possibility. Until then, the WWE Universe will be wondering if the sequel will have a familiar ending.
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