The climax of the SummerSlam main event between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton was one of the most controversial finishes in recent wrestling memory.
Orton was left bloodied in the middle of the ring after The Beast Incarnate landed some very real elbows right on his forehead. The Viper would require 10 staples to close the wound and Lesnar won the match via TKO, something that almost never happens in the WWE.
So when a rematch was announced this week for the non-televised live event in Chicago on September 24, many fans were surprised to see these two lock it up again so soon, if at all.
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According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, pitting these two superstars against each other again has everything to do with Lesnar's contract and his personal wishes, rather than the company trying to capitalise on the buzz of their last match.
"WWE decided to put Lesnar on the live event instead of the September 25th Clash of Champions pay-per-view from Indianapolis because his contract calls for different pay for live events than for pay-per-view events, which typically feature longer main event quality matches as opposed to quick squash matches.
"WWE simply asked Lesnar to work the Chicago event and he agreed. Lesnar chose his opponent based on who he felt was the best superstar on the roster available that night, that he felt would mean the most at the box office."
It's kind of a weird logic considering it is a non-televised event, but they are sure to sell out the venue in Chicago no problems.
It appears as though Lesnar has as much stroke as anyone around the WWE, despite being a part-time performer. We fear for poor old Randy.