What’s the deal with Brock Lesnar and Triple H regarding a possible SummerSlam match?
WWE is stringing out Triple H’s “challenge” to Brock Lesnar for as long as possible because they want to make Lesnar the focal point of SummerSlam but are unable to have him on TV every week because of the limited dates on his contract. This is one of the reasons for bringing Paul Heyman in despite the fact he and Lesnar have a strained relationship in real life. Lesnar will appear live on the 1000th episode of Raw on July 23, 2012 where the match will be set and built for the show next month.
What’s the purpose of the 20-man battle royal on this week’s Super Smackdown Live? Will the winner be “awarded” anything?
WWE announced the winner of the 20-man battle royal on this week’s Super Smackown Live will be the interim General Manager on next week’s Smackdown. Confirmed participants are WWE Champion CM Punk, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, John Cena and Big Show.
Have you heard any big names being circulated for the 1000th Raw?
The 1000th Raw is expected to be loaded with Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar as well as all the company’s top names. Rey Mysterio was backstage at this week’s Raw and is expected to return with talk that Mark Henry could come back as well. Bret Hart said on Twitter he expects to get a call from WWE to appear on the show. Other names people have asked about include Steve Austin, The Rock and The Undertaker but I’m unable to confirm any of them as of this writing. As I’ve written, WWE wants to pop a huge rating for the show as well as build momentum for their move to three hours.
What are your thoughts on the Money in the Bank ladder matches at the pay-per-view later this month?
Two different philosophies are being displayed with the Money in the Bank ladder matches this year. The match for a WWE Championship contract will highlight top veteran talent with only Chris Jericho being “Money in the Bank friendly.” I don’t expect the match to be as fast-paced as we’ve seen with the match in previous years but WWE is trying something different. The match for a World Heavyweight Championship contract features more up and coming talent with some athletic names to work a more traditional Money in the Bank bout. I’m willing to remain objective about the matches and reserve my opinion on their evaluations until after they happen.
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