Although it’s a week later, I’ve learned even more bizarre details regarding the aftermath of John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at WWE Extreme Rules. I can confirm the run sheet called for Cena to be stretchered out of the arena but Vince McMahon instructed him to do a “shoot” promo after the match. Lesnar is believed to not only have been told about the promo by McMahon but it’s also believed he was told to throw a “temper tantrum” backstage. As I noted in my initial report here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium, Lesnar wouldn’t have been watching the monitor backstage had he not known the post-match promo was coming thus there wouldn’t have been anything to “set him off.”
Privately, some of the producers were complaining about the message this sent to the boys as well as the distrust it causes in the office when you start putting together “secret” plans that not only differ from the script, but are intended to work both the wrestlers as well as those running the company. The story floating around about the stretcher job being a way to pacify Lesnar and convince him he’d be kept strong and Lesnar feeling like he was double crossed was a story Vince wanted to get out there. The truth is, Lesnar just wants his money. I’m told by sources close to the situation that he has made it more than clear, as long as he gets his money, he’ll cooperate with whatever they want him to do.
Nonetheless just because Lesnar wasn’t legitimately upset about the booking, doesn’t mean everyone was OK with it. I’m told many of Lesnar’s possible future opponents were upset enough to make their thoughts known and complain to company officials. The Undertaker, The Rock and even Steve Austin are guys who have been angling to work with Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXIX next year in hopes of it being one of the biggest matches in company history. Since Extreme Rules, I’m told all three have let company officials know what a mistake they felt it was about Lesnar losing so soon. The Rock, who was considered the most likely to face Lesnar at Wrestlemania, was the most vocal of the three.
However, I’m told the latest plan for Wrestlemania XXIX next year is to do The Rock vs. John Cena II, not Rock vs. Brock. It was initially thought McMahon was going to announce next year’s Wrestlemania main event as soon as possible, however, he didn’t want to fully commit to Rock vs. Brock or Rock vs. Cena so early and decided to delay the announcement. I’m told one of the things that ended up tilting Vince in favor of a rematch next year is the success of this year’s show. Howevever, Wrestlemania plans for next year have already changed several times and are assured to do the same several times before the show.
But ultimately, with having to decide who would win between Cena and Lesnar, Vince decided to protect Cena since Cena against The Rock again next year is the match he’s leaning towards.