Brock Lesnar makes his eagerly-anticipated in-ring return to the WWE at SummerSlam next month, with all eyes on The Beast as he takes on The Viper, Randy Orton.
Before UFC 200, this would have been like any ordinary WWE main event match, with fans excited to see two of the finest battle it out for the very first time on a pay-per-view.
THE BEAST VS. THE VIPER
However, ever since the shocking news regarding Lesnar’s anti-doping violation in his victory over Mark Hunt came out, many are left wondering how the WWE will punish one of, if not their biggest draw.
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The WWE have already revealed that because Lesnar is a part-time competitor for the company, he won’t be punished, and as expected, that hasn’t sat well with his peers as it gives off the impression that part-timers are given a pass to effectively cheat and get away with it.
With Roman Reigns currently in the doghouse for his anti-doping violation, losing clean to Finn Balor, being pinned in the triple threat match at Battleground along with serving a 30-day suspension, you have to question how that is fair.
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It looks like the way they could be punishing Lesnar is by losing at SummerSlam.
A loss doesn’t seem like too big of a deal, as plenty of stars can overcome one pay-per-view loss. However, it’s a different story when the WWE have spent so long creating this indestructible force that cannot be beaten, and who also conquered The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak at WrestleMania XXX.
According to a rumour by CageSideSeats, the outcome of the match is still up in the air as they haven’t decided on a winner. The fact that they could be leaning towards an Orton victory suggests they’re looking to end Lesnar's aura of invincibility they have built over the last few years.
The WWE have acknowledged his violation on television, with Orton poking fun at Lesnar by saying he doesn’t need an enhancement to beat Lesnar.
Fans will still expect Lesnar to win as he’s the favourite in almost every match he competes in, and because he’s their biggest draw. If Orton wins, it makes Lesnar’s victory over The Undertaker not seem as important, especially as The Deadman has beaten Orton on numerous occasions.
Some have even called for an up-and-coming star to defeat Lesnar, as it would give him a great rub and it would be the perfect way to build up a future star while losing to a veteran in Orton would add little value.
On the other hand, you can’t dispute the fact that Lesnar is a legend in the WWE, so this would be the perfect way for the WWE to have Orton effectively kill another legend, something he’s famous for.
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