Broad Street Breakdown…What the summer holds for pro-wrestling

Bryan Wislosky

Well sports fans, this is my last article of the year, and I wanted to do something special, so I’ve decided to take a page out of John Laurinaitis’ book and use “People Power.”  I’m going to give my people what they want and write my final article of the semester on the greatest thing in the world, professional wrestling.  It’s shaping up to be one of the best summers in recent memory for the WWE.  Raw and Smackdown general manager, John Laurinaitis, has begun adding lackeys to his coalition and it appears as though WWE may soon have another faction like The Corporation to deal with, and will wreak havoc on the babyfaces of the business much like how the original tried to make life miserable for Stone Cold Steve Austin.  At the forefront of this group is the returning Brock Lesnar, who has made it clear his first goal is to overtake John Cena as the face of the company.  Also, keep an eye out for The Rock to make some appearances this summer.  After defeating John Cena at Wrestlemania XXVIII earlier this month, The Great One addressed the crowd on Raw the next night claiming that it wasn’t his final match and he one day like to be WWE Champion again.  It is rumored that The Rock will have a match at SummerSlam in August.  So we have a lot to look forward to this summer.

            The first thing WWE should do this summer is try to bring back some legitimacy to the undercard titles.  Although I like Santino Marella, he is a joke of a United States Champion.  He does have great in ring skills, but Vince McMahon refuses to utilize that.  Santino would be a great United States champion if he only had a more serious character.  He could still do his wacky antics after the match and outside the ring, but needs to be all business when competing in a match.  Big Show on the other hand, is a good pick to try to reestablish the once prestigious Intercontinental Title.  Big Show is a veteran, and in my opinion a future hall of famer, so when he beat Cody Rhodes for the title at Wrestlemania, it may have started a chain reaction to bring better competition to the IC title hunt.  I think giving one of these titles, either the United States or Intercontinental Title, to Daniel Bryan would be a good move.  He’s a former World Heavyweight Champion, and produces a great reaction from the crowd, whether they love or hate him.

            Now let’s move on to main event storylines that will develop over the next couple months.  I firmly believe that Lesnar will beat Cena at Extreme Rules next week in an effort to try and get the crowd behind Cena once again.  After this Laurinaitis will focus the attention of his faction on WWE Champion CM Punk, but Punk needs to finish things off against Chris Jericho, which he will do in his hometown of Chicago at Extreme Rules.  Some believe that Johnny Ace will have Punk defend his title against Lord Tensai, but I just don’t see him in the main event.  I think CM Punk will defend and lose his title to Brock Lesnar at Over the Limit next month.  Lesnar will then hold the title throughout the summer, and will defend the title at SummerSlam against The Rock.  This will be a rematch of their first encounter for the WWE Championship at the same event in 2002, where Brock defeated Rocky for his first title.

            For the first time in a good while, I’m excited to see what unfolds in the WWE this summer.  The faction John Laurinaitis is forming reminds me of the Attitude Era, which got me interested in professional wrestling in the first place.  Tune in every Monday at 9 on the USA network and enjoy the action.  Thank me later.