With SummerSlam in the book, WWE Night of Champions in four weeks, the Royal Rumble in five months and Wrestlemania 29 just 229 days away, plans are probably already in the works for how the storylines surrounding Brock Lesnar, the WWE Champion and the World Heavyweight Champion will play out between now and April. While things can always change, if I were in charge, here is how I would book things going forward:
Unless Kurt Angle decides to quit TNA and come back to WWE (as he indicated in a tweet late last week and then later clarified that he has no plans to jump ship), there is only one opponent for Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 29 – The Undertaker. He has already faced John Cena and beaten Triple H, CM Punk would be cool but not a marquee matchup, The Rock is going to be busy with something else (more on that later) and there is no one else with a big enough name to warrant a big money match on the Grandest Stage Of Them All. Plus, remember years ago when they had a brief encounter after a UFC event? Fans around the world salivated at the of a match, plus the two of them already had a phenomenal feud 10 years ago that included an epic Hell In A Cell match, so the seeds of this match have already been laid.
What I would do is have Brock Lesnar go on a monster tear between now and January, easily beating every Superstar he faces in the ring, both on free TV and pay-per-view shows. Who those Superstars are doesn’t even matter, so long as Lesnar’s victory in each and every match is unquestionable. Then you have Lesnar earn a spot in the Royal Rumble match, a match which he wins. The following night on Raw, Lesnar announced that 10 years ago he was in the business for the titles, which he won, both in WWE and UFC. Then he was in the business for the money, which he has made a ton of, more than anyone else in the business today. Now he is in it for the glory, to have his name immortalized and to be remembered forever as the greatest wrestler and fighter who ever lived. To do that, he is going to do what no man before him has ever been able to do – defeat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Over the next few weeks you tease The Undertaker’s return – complete with all the bells and whistles that go along with it (spooky lights, fire, lightning striking from the roof, the ring moving by itself) – but none of it phases Lesnar. Finally, Undertaker returns to say that Lesnar is not worth his time, that he is no different than the other 20 men he has faced and defeated. Lesnar responds…. by breaking Undertaker’s arm in a Kimura Lock. We hear nothing from the Dead Man for weeks, maybe even months, until finally he returns (either actually in the ring or via spooky voice overs in the arena) to say that he will face Lesnar at Wrestlemania. The two of them then go on to face each other in the ring in New Jersey in April, a match which Undertaker obviously wins, but it epic nonetheless.
In terms of the WWE Championship, The Rock is already scheduled to face the champion at the Royal Rumble, so you have John Cena and CM Punk battle for the title between now and then. Eventually Cena wins the title, either as early as Night of Champions in four weeks or at Survivor Series in November. Also, do not forget that Raw 1,000 ended with CM Punk laying out The Rock, something for which The Rock never got his revenge. So if I were in charge, I would have The Rock cost Punk the title at Survivor Series, setting up Cena vs. The Rock II for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. Then, I would have Punk cost Cena the title at that PPV, because Punk wants The Rock at Wrestlemania. Then, at Wrestlemania, you either get CM Punk vs. The Rock or a triple threat match between CM Punk, The Rock and John Cena for the title. Part of my booking here is selfish, because I already saw John Cena vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania 28 and I would rather see a different main event when I am at Wrestlemania 29.
As for the World Heavyweight Championship, my booking is quite simple. Walking around the backstage area in Fresno right now (the site of Raw tonight) is Dolph Ziggler, a man who holds the Money In The Bank briefcase and therefore right right to challenge for the WHC at any time between now and Wrestlemania but a man who has lost practically ever match he has contested since winning the briefcase in June. So, since all momentum he had when he won the briefcase is gone, I have him hold onto it until early next year and go on a massive winning streak between now and then. Then, after the Royal Rumble is said and done, and maybe even a month or two later, Ziggler announced that since he always steals the show and it’s not showing off if you can back it up, he is going to steal the show at the biggest show of them all and cash in his MITB briefcase at Wrestlemania 29. As for the champion in this match, I assume that Sheamus will continue to feud with Randy Orton and, once he returns, Wade Barrett will be put into the title picture as well. Not only would any of those Superstars be good opponents for Ziggler at Wrestlemania, but any combination of them as well, including even a fatal fourway between all four men. Either way, Ziggler wins the match and the World Heavyweight Championship that night.