The WWE Universe has been speculating all week just what really happened between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
Since the event last Sunday, details have emerged of a backstage altercation between Chris Jericho and Lesnar over the finish of the match that left Orton needing 10 staples to close a head wound.
The TKO finish to the match is highly unusual in the WWE, even more so at the expense of a 12-time world champion like Orton.
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According to NODQ.com, new details of what transpired have been released. It appears as though Orton believed this would be a typical main event match in the weeks building up to the bout and was set to at least give Lesnar a run for his money.
Of course, that turned out not to be the case. The website revealed that The Legend Killer was informed on the day at the Barclays Center that he would not be taking part in a normal back and forth match, but rather one that made Lesnar look dominant.
Orton was told that the Beast Incarnate knew how to graze his head to make it bleed with his elbow without hurting him. As the videos have shown, the savage strikes did indeed open up Orton which further confused viewers.
Blood - or rather, blading - has been explicitly forbidden in the WWE for years now and on the off chance a talent bleeds, doctors normally swarm the ring in a heartbeat.
NODQ reported: "Apparently, WWE officials wanted to create an ending that would cause some confusion and blur the lines between scripted entertainment and reality. The overall idea was to make it seem like Lesnar was going against what was scripted."
Clearly, Lesnar wasn't supposed to hurt Orton as badly as he did, but one has to question the WWE's judgment on this one regardless. I can't imagine just how skilled and proficient a striker has to be to know how to graze someone lightly with an elbow, and yet cause enough blood for the desired effect.
Orton could have been shown a little more respect on the finish, too. He's one of the biggest stars of the last decade and to turn up on the day and be told a completely different thing to what he'd been led to believe for weeks prior is kind of insulting. Especially when that is essentially how every Lesnar match goes, bar the finish.
It will be interesting to see how the WWE uses Orton and Lesnar moving forward, but officials are probably happy with the buzz that the finish has created. Do you think it was smart business? Let us know in the comments.