The WWE absolutely cannot put the title on Brock Lesnar at Summerslam unless Lesnar wants to return to full-time wrestling.
The coveted WWE gold does not belong around the waist of a part-timer. It was bad enough when The Rock beat CM Punk at the Royal Rumble to set up a Wrestlemania match. That was only two months. Now there’s talk that Lesnar will beat Cena at Summerslam and possibly hold the title until Wrestlemania next year.
It’s true that Lesnar is a monster and physical specimen. It’s true that he’s a former UFC heavyweight champion. It’s true that Lesnar is a good worker and his WWE matches are usually entertaining. But the WWE does damage to its championship by putting the title on part-timers.
Lesnar only competes at PPVs and occasional episodes of Monday Night Raw. It’s just not fair for him to get the title when there are guys on the roster who bust the backsides several nights a year.
For some reason, the WWE is committed to Lesnar. He inexplicably ended The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania undefeated streak earlier this year. Now he will wrestle for the WWE championship at Summerslam. Cena should be wrestling someone like Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro or even Randy Orton.
The WWE needs to realize that in the real world Lesnar is not that fierce among fighters. He was knocked out in the first round by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. He was knocked out in the first round by Alistair Overeem.
Lesnar is a monster and destroyer among regular people on the street, but among MMA fighters, Lesnar is not the beast the WWE wants him to be. Wrestling fans don’t care who the toughest guy in the room is. They care about the best worker in the room. And there are 10 guys who are better than Lesnar that should get main event pushes before Lesnar.
WWE fans want to see great professional wrestling. That’s why guys like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have been the most popular over the last four years. They want guys who can sell another wrestler’s offense, who can dive off the top rope, who can wrestle for longer than 10 minutes without blowing up.
Those are the kind of guys who wrestling fans love. When the business tanks, it’s the hardcore fans who keep it alive. For every Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and even John Cena, there have been many more Ric Flairs, Bret Harts, CM Punk and Daniel Bryans who have carried the sport. Lesnar is neither a great draw or a great worker.
It’s fine if he wants to be a part-time pro wrestler to take home a big paycheck. But he should have a story line that fits his commitment, not win the title at the summer’s biggest PPV show.