SummerSlam is the second-most important pay-per-view of the year for the WWE, only behind WrestleMania.
In past years we’re used to surprise appearances: The Undertaker “returned” in 2009 and 2010, while Daniel Bryan was a last minute addition to the main event in 2010.
A PPV of this caliber needs at least one big surprise, so the WWE continue that trend in this year's main event.
We already know that Triple H will be the special referee (I intentionally omitted the word “guest”…come on, he is the COO of the company) in the match between CM Punk and John Cena for the undisputed WWE championship.
And if history has taught us anything, it's that “special referees” for matches this big usually end up interfering.
That would be the logical booking, wouldn’t it?
Triple H interferes and costs CM Punk the match, leaving John Cena as WWE champion; The Game and The Best in the World start a feud, while Captain Fruity Pebbles later becomes the victim of Alberto del Rio, who cashes in his Money in the Bank contract.
That’s it: you get two high profile rivalries for the next months in RAW and at the same time you keep your poster boy in the title picture.
It wouldn’t be a bad conclusion for this PPV, but it would lack the element of surprise. (Really? You don’t expect Triple H to screw CM Punk? REALLY?)
So let me think about another option: what if, after Triple H hits Punk with a sledgehammer and yells Cena to go for the pin, some music hits?
Better yet, not music, glass shatters.
Stone Cold Steve Austin appears on his motorcycle, wearing a referee jersey, goes to the ring and takes Triple H out with a stunner, gives Cena the same treatment and then counts 1-2-3 for CM Punk’s victory.
That would be a great ending. Surprise, controversy and a good reason to keep the Punk-Cena feud going (it’s too good to let it end after less than two months).
And it would make a lot of sense: Steve Austin has acknowledged in public his admiration for Punk, who wore Stone Cold’s t-shirt for the shoot-promo that started this storyline.
Hopefully, someone on WWE's creative team already though this.
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