Richard’s Exclusive Update: Big News On Brock Lesnar, WWE Bringing Back Past Talent, Cena At SummerSlam, Heyman Frustrated

- As CJ reported, WWE will announce Brock Lesnar’s opponent for SummerSlam on this week’s Smackdown, which will be taped tonight. We should have the information when it’s announced tonight in Toledo, Ohio. Regarding his fight at UFC 200 on Saturday, Brock obviously feels confident, regardless of what the oddsmakers think. He doesn’t know his future beyond UFC 200 and we cannot emphasize enough that WWE holds exclusive rights to his services. Any future fight would have to be approved by them. The comments by Stephanie McMahon that WWE was not necessarily supporting Brock’s fight aren’t entirely true as WWE had to sign off in order for him to fight.

- Someone sent us a “rumor killer” post about WWE not having contact with Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy about possibly returning to the company. I don’t know if formal contact has been made with either performer as they have contracts and commitments but I can confirm interest in both. There are others as well as WWE looks to bolster their rosters after the brand extension later this month. We’ve covered this in-depth in our Members Content and everything you read there is entirely accurate. The same is true about the situation with Kurt Angle, in which we’ve covered in depth.

- John Cena, Big Cass and Enzo Amore beat Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and AJ Styles in a dark match main event after this week’s WWE Raw in Columbus, Ohio. The finish saw Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment on Anderson, pinning him for the win. It’s of note Anderson did Randy Orton’s “Viper mode” and attempted an RKO. Cena had a great moment after Raw with one fan.

- Speaking of John Cena, he’s getting a lot of good mainstream press right now for his patriotic PSA. Check out this article that CNN ran today about it.

- It will be interesting to see if WWE does John Cena vs. AJ Styles at SummerSlam, as that was the original plan but then it was bumped up due to the draft. Also, remember our Premium exclusive from early June when we reported Paul Heyman pitched himself as the person behind Styles’s turn. Heyman has been frustrated over his lack of usage in WWE and he’s threatened to not re-sign when his contract comes up if they can’t find more for him to do.

- Here is what Vickie Guerrero had to say about last night’s return to WWE on Raw: ”Tonight was great being surrounded with my 2nd WWE family! EVERYONE LOOKS GREAT AND MISS YOU ALL!”

- Former WWE talent Jimmy Wang Yang was backstage at Raw and apparently met with officials. No word on what that was about but he posted photos with some of his friends (such as Natalya on his social media.

- At this point it looks like Randy Orton will work SummerSlam, as we’ve noted he’s due back just before. The speculation is already out that he’s going to be the one to face Brock Lesnar but there is nothing to back that up at this point. As we noted [and WWE announced], Lesnar’s SummerSlam opponent will be announced on this week’s Smackdown. WWE wanted to make sure Lesnar’s opponent was announced prior to his fight at UFC 200 for obvious promotional purposes.

- Ric Flair’s podcast is being revamped on and his first guest will be Cody Rhodes. The episode will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

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  • Xavier

    Would love too see Lesnar/Orton at Summerslam. Orton is truly the last big name from his generation that he hasn’t faced yet, the match would be a big draw for Summerslam.

    Keep Heyman away from AJ please. AJ doesn’t need Heyman, he’s doing just fine on his own. Heyman is amazing on the mic but him being a great manager is one of the biggest lies that most wrestling fans tell themselves. Look how terrible of a run guys like Cesaro, Axel & Ryback had with Heyman. All 3 were worse off after working with Heyman. Hey an would probably do more harm then good to guys like Anderson & Gallows (who are already struggling in their WWE run so far anyway).

    • kyleferretti

      I don’t really blame heyman for most of the issues. It was more like bad creative. Especially with Cesaro. I agree AJ doesn’t need him though.

    • Patrick

      I’m not interested in seeing Lesner vs Orton. and I’m glad lesner’s been gone not a fan of him.

      • This I agree with. Brock is no longer a special attraction. He’s been drastically overexposed. Enough of him (and the other fossils already). I keep saying it but it’s true. They need to trust their current roster and stop relying on fossilized part-timers to get it done.

      • Ben

        Agreed. He should stay gone, and he should take Orton with him for that matter.

    • obediah

      to be fair, cesaro was booked as a heel and the fans were not interested in him as a villain. He also was booked very weak. Ryback and Axel were both booked weak and and neither have much charisma. Heyman can only do so much.

  • Patrick

    while I am Not a Heyman fan …….Aj doesn’t need Heyman and the fact Heyman has threatened to resin is not a good thing… you don’t threaten Vince. aside from Punk who didn’t need Heyman either…. Heyman didn’t do Cesaro, Axel or Ryback any favors when he manged them. or what ever he calls himself when he is with Lesner.

    Vince may just let Heyman go to prove in his mind he doesn’t need Heyman.

    • I disagree. Heyman is the only remotely likable thing about Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is a Nancy on the mic and he needs Heyman like a thirsty man needs water. I want him talking as little as possible. Heyman could talk anyone into anything is the single best talker WWE has right now. They’d be fools to let him go.

      • Gary Robert

        Fools to let him go…when do you ever really see him? He’s technically been gone.

    • Snap

      If the fans aren’t behind someone, even putting them with someone with Bobby Heenan won’t make much of a difference. I would say the Cesaro instance was something of an anomaly where fans were practically begging for Cesaro to turn face, only for WWE to go in an entirely different direction.

  • Dave Barton

    I could see the ECW version of Paul Heyman leading Bullet Club into WWE as a better “invasion” angle than WCW/ECW’s “The Alliance” was ever executed, but that shipped sailed a long, long, time ago. Seeing the pudgy, smarmy, advocate version of Paul Heyman (the ponytail-less, non-baseball hat wearing man who aided CM Punk & Brock Lesnar the last few years)….just wouldn’t work for me with Bullet Club. Especially since Club hasn’t been booked nearly as strong as I expected since debuting. Like, seriously, I expected Club to be close to NWO or Aces & Eights booking strength.

  • David F

    This is what you bring in Orton for now. Big time matches. Don’t waste him on low level pay per views. He should be a special attraction now. Pairing Heyman and Becky would be fun to see. Heyman did mention he was a fan of her.

    AJ has really impressed me on the mic. I loved his Beat up John Cena holiday promo.

  • Lbolt187

    as a heyman fan what he should’ve been doing is being the mouthpiece of Roman Reigns while Lesnar is away. I feel he would’ve gotten over more had heyman helped him. We all know Roman isnt’ great on the mic so give him Heyman and he would’ve been good to go, especially as a heel.