The biggest party of the summer is just round the corner as WWE prepares to host this year’s SummerSlam. You should check it out if you’ve got six hours to spare.
To be fair to WWE, the build to this year’s event has been pretty good. We’ve got returning Hall of Famers in the form of Trish Stratus and Goldberg, who will be facing off against Charlotte Flair and Dolph Ziggler respectively. Not to mention the ongoing saga of Roman Reigns trying to survive multiple murder attempts from the world’s worst hitman.
Elsewhere, Kofi Kingston will defend the WWE Championship against Randy Orton, whilst Seth Rollins will challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
The Universal Title match will likely main event the show, but after a rough few months both on and off-screen for the challenger, it’s hard to come up with any reasons as to why Rollins should regain the strap this Sunday.
Taking that into account, here are five reasons why Brock Lesnar should beat Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2019…
5. What’s The Point?
Honestly, what would be the point in Seth Rollins regaining the Universal Championship?
He had his crowning moment at WrestleMania 35 and then went on to have a lacklustre run with the belt before dropping it back to Brock Lesnar at last month’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view event.
Seth has already ‘slayed the beast’ once and there has been next to no story progression in the Rollins vs. Lesnar feud since Mania. To defeat Lesnar again would feel like a step back instead of moving either character forward.
Not only that, it would represent an absolute waste of the Money In The Bank briefcase. If Rollins is victorious at SummerSlam, that would mean that Brock has won the briefcase, successfully cashed in, and then lost the championship in under three months.
You have to believe that WWE has bigger plans in place and this isn’t just a case of shortsighted booking…right?
4. Architect Of His Own Downfall
As I alluded to earlier, Rollins has had a tough time in recent weeks and it’s largely been down to his own doing.
Some of his comments in interviews and on social media have not gone down well at all. Firstly, Rollins became embroiled in a seemingly friendly Twitter war with Will Ospreay as both men passionately claimed to be the best in-ring performers in the world.
Seth then decided to bring his superior bank balance into the discussion as a way of putting down Ospreay, which wasn’t a good look for the WWE’s supposedly top babyface.
Secondly, when asked about Jon Moxley’s move to AEW, Rollins bizarrely claimed that the former Dean Ambrose is now competition and is trying to “take food off his table”. Seth is well within his rights to fly the flag for WWE, but this was another poorly-worded outburst that ultimately did more harm than good.
These comments coupled with an uninspiring run as champion have soured fans on Rollins and he doesn’t have anywhere near the kind of crowd support that WWE would have hoped he would have heading into SummerSlam.
He certainly isn’t coming across as the valiant, underdog babyface that he should be against Brock Lesnar. It has even lead to some fans actually wanting Lesnar to retain the championship this Sunday. Who would have thought that was possible a few months ago?
3. Bad Booking
It’s not all Seth Rollins’ fault. WWE has to take some responsibility for Rollins’ recent fall from grace.
Following WrestleMania 35, Rollins was the saviour. He had rescued WWE from Brock Lesnar’s stranglehold on the Universal Championship and the future was looking bright. Which fresh challengers would step up to face ‘The Architect’ in new, exciting main event matches?
Unfortunately for Seth, and for all of us, he would feud almost exclusively with Baron Corbin in the months that followed. It was a lifeless spell in general for WWE and lead to TV ratings and attendance figures dramatically declining.
In fact, figures have shown that Jinder Mahal was statistically a bigger draw than Rollins during his 2017 WWE Championship reign.
This period hurt Rollins’ credibility, he needed rebuilding if he was to be seen as a genuine threat to Lesnar’s championship and, simply put, the creative team have failed to do that.
On this week’s go-home edition of Raw, Rollins was once again made to look weak and quite frankly stupid as he unwisely confronted Lesnar despite still being injured from the previous week’s attack and suffered another beatdown at the hands of ‘The Beast’.
He then cut a monotone promo with all the charisma of a slug as he guaranteed that he will beat Brock at SummerSlam. He was far from convincing and his overall booking on Monday night’s Raw made him look a million miles away from another title reign.
2. Brock Is The Biggest Star In The Company
For better or for worse, Brock Lesnar is by far the biggest star on WWE’s current roster.
It can be argued that this is due to the 50/50 booking of WWE’s other ‘top stars’, but that doesn’t change the fact that nobody even comes close to being on Lesnar’s level at this present time.
A rumoured return to UFC seems to be off the table and it appears that Brock will be staying in WWE for the time being. If this is indeed the case, he has to be Universal Champion.
While criticism of his previous title reigns are justified, he is currently the only man in the company that can help elevate other stars. But as stated in the previous point, Rollins’ recent booking has meant he is not the guy that should dethrone ‘The Beast’.
Lesnar does have recent history of putting over new stars, such as the criminally under-utilised Roman Reigns and the young up-and-comer, Goldberg.
But in all seriousness, somebody like Drew McIntyre or Bray Wyatt would gain far more from defeating Brock for the belt than they would by beating Seth.
1. A Loss Could Help Rollins
So maybe I’ve been getting on Seth Rollins’ case a tad too much in this piece, but let me offer him and his fans a glimmer of hope. Seth losing to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam may be more beneficial for him than winning.
As stated earlier, regaining the Universal Championship would not signify any sort of significant progression in the Seth Rollins story. However, a loss could be the catalyst for a different story and a much-needed reset for his character.
On this week’s Raw, Seth guaranteed that he will defeat Lesnar this Sunday, so what happens if he fails?
Rollins would hit a new low, he would have no Championship and theoretically, head to the back of the line in the Universal Title picture. This coupled with his dwindling crowd support would see Seth hit rock bottom.
He could then go on a redemption storyline where he has to work his way back up to the main event. Proving himself against the rest of Raw’s roster and in turn reminding the fans just how good of an in-ring worker he is could help get them back onside.
Alternatively, a loss could see Seth reach breaking point and return to his much more natural heel tendencies. A bitter, self-entitled Rollins doing whatever it takes to reclaim his championship would be a far more compelling character than the ‘Beast Slayer’ or ‘King Slayer’ or ‘Baron Slayer’.
Either way, Brock needs to win at SummerSlam. Not only is it ‘best for business’, it’s best for Rollins.