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Brock Lesnar Returns to Face John Cena
Brock Lesnar hadn't been seen on WWE programming since the night after shockingly ending The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX. His sabbatical came to an emphatic end Monday night on Raw, when he and Paul Heyman reached an agreement with Triple H to face John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is This an Exciting SummerSlam Main Event?
It was speculated and assumed by most wrestling fans for weeks that Lesnar would be Cena's opponent at SummerSlam before it was made official on Raw. Although all Lesnar did was show up and allow Paul Heyman to cut a promo for him, it was still extremely impactful. Lesnar has been gone for a few months, but Heyman has kept the memory of his WrestleMania victory alive. Lesnar's aura is more significant than it ever has been, which makes him perhaps the biggest threat in the company to Cena.
Cena retained the title at Battleground as expected, and since Triple H's plan to stack the deck against him didn't work, he decided to accept Heyman's proposal. Triple H and The Authority have been dead set against Cena holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, so Lesnar is a natural choice as the challenger. Even though Triple H and Lesnar have had their issues in the past from a storyline perspective, this proves that The Game is willing to do anything to knock off Cena.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Lesnar and Cena have faced each other twice before, with their most recent encounter coming at Extreme Rules 2012. Cena won that match much to the surprise of most, so there is certainly some intrigue surrounding their match at SummerSlam. The assumption is that Lesnar will win, since it wouldn't make much sense to squander his win over Undertaker by losing to Cena. He has lost to Cena before, though, and the threat of Cena winning when he shouldn't is always present.
Cena often gets grief for his in-ring work, but he and Lesnar put on an incredible match at Extreme Rules under hardcore conditions. While no stipulation has been announced for their match at SummerSlam, a street fight would be a great fit, given they have already proven they are capable of working well together in that environment. Lesnar and Cena are two of the biggest stars in the history of the business, and there is no doubt that WWE got it right with the SummerSlam main event.
Backstage talk on Cena's WWE future (PWInsider Elite via WrestlingInc.com )
Reviewing Battleground Pay-Per-View
The Battleground pay-per-view may have been used to set the table for SummerSlam, but it certainly had its moments. The show was highlighted by Cena retaining his title against Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Kane in a Fatal 4-Way match. Chris Jericho defeated Bray Wyatt, while Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins never actually happened due to the fact that Ambrose was ejected from the building by Triple H.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Was Battleground a Quality PPV?
There wasn't a ton of hype surrounding the Fatal 4-Way match, but it played out in an effective manner. Even though many didn't want to see Cena retain, it was the only realistic option. Cena needed the title in order for Lesnar to want to face him from a storyline perspective. Cena did come out on top, but it wasn't at the expense of Reigns, who looked better than anyone in the bout and didn't have to take the final fall.
As popular and fresh as Reigns is, it simply wasn't the right time for him to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He is still developing into a top guy, and he shouldn't win the title until he is 100 percent ready. If nothing else, Battleground was a great taste of the main event for Reigns and gives him something to strive for. Cena winning may seem like a tired result, but a couple very good things certainly came from it.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Aside from the Fatal 4-Way, the encounter between Jericho and Wyatt had fans buzzing entering the event. Many figured Wyatt would win after losing the feud to Cena, but it was Y2J who came out on top. As odd as that decision might seem on the surface, it is logical in the sense of giving Jericho credibility. He is one of the all-time greats, but he has lost many big matches during his recent stints. This win establishes Jericho and will make Wyatt's subsequent wins mean that much more.
The other anticipated match on the card was Ambrose against Rollins, but things were thrown for a loop after Ambrose attacked Rollins backstage. Rollins technically won the match by forfeit, but Ambrose returned and attacked him again. A third and final brawl took place in the parking lot after The Lunatic Fringe emerged from the trunk of a car.
While some may have been disappointed that the match didn't come to fruition, it was a brilliant move on WWE's part. This allows their first encounter to be put off until SummerSlam, but there were still three highly entertaining segments involving Ambrose and Rollins at Battleground. WWE is wise to make fans wait for the match, but those fans still got a taste of it at the pay-per-view.
Backstage news on original Jericho vs. Wyatt plans (F4WOnline via WrestlingInc.com)
Ring Rust Radio's Interview with WWE's Bo Dallas
A number of talented Superstars have made the jump from NXT to WWE in recent months, but Bo Dallas has people talking more than anyone else. Dallas has developed an interesting and entertaining character that the fans love reacting to. Dallas is one of the fastest-rising young stars in WWE today, and he joined Ring Rust Radio to discuss a number of topics relating to his career.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What's Next for Bo?
Dallas is one of the most polarizing characters in wrestling right now as it seems like every fan either loves him or hates him. Dallas is technically a heel, but the great part about his character is that he believes he is an inspirational babyface. The fact that Dallas is in the midst of a winning streak helps his cause that much more, since it gives him something to boast about.
While Dallas is very much a "WWE guy" in that he has come up through the developmental system, wrestling is in his blood. His father is Mike Rotunda, who wrestled as Irwin R. Schyster in WWE and is now a WWE agent. Dallas' brother also happens to be Bray Wyatt, who has all the makings of a future top star in WWE in his own right.
With that type of pedigree to his credit, Dallas absolutely knows what it takes to succeed in the business.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
As it relates to Dallas' family, he is in a unique position compared to other Superstars. Dallas gets to travel with his father and brother, which is something he is extremely grateful for, per his interview with Ring Rust Radio.
Road life is hard. You're always traveling and you never get to go home, but when you have your family on the road, you always have someone you can trust to bounce ideas off of and know that the advice you get is in the best interest for you. It's just a great feeling to know you can have someone like that on the road with you at the hardest times.
With that type of support system in place, the sky is the limit for Dallas. He has already shown an ability to adapt based on the fact that he has developed his current gimmick. Bo was a basic babyface as NXT Champion initially, but when the fans started to turn on him, he made the most of it by turning in his own right.
Dallas continues to hone his character and improve in the ring as well. There are plenty of wrestlers who are incapable of garnering a crowd reaction, but Dallas does it every time he goes through the curtain. There are some boos and some cheers, but the only thing that matters is that the fans are making noise.
All signs point toward Dallas continuing to build off that, which means he should have an extremely successful WWE career.
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Ring Rust Radio's Season 5 Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Mike Chiari: 505
2. Donald Wood: 332.5
3. Brandon Galvin: 105
4. Tom Kinslow: 72.5
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