With SummerSlam fast approaching, one of the most anticipated matches is the confrontation 15 years in the making between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar. Orton is one of the most respected and talented wrestlers in WWE history, but he has an uphill battle ahead of him against the spectacle that is “The Beast Incarnate.” Orton is a 14-time champion, including reigns as the WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Tag Team Champion, and Intercontinental Champion.
You can hear the constant praises from JBL on commentary that if you were to build a company from the ground up, Randy Orton is exactly what your franchise star would look like. With all his accomplishments, it’s not difficult to say that it’s best for business that Orton comes out on top against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
There’s more than one reason for this. Orton has been out of action for close to a year now due to a shoulder injury, and he’s flown under the radar within WWE for quite a while as the younger generation started to prove themselves and step into the spotlight. A victory at SummerSlam would boost Randy’s credibility and prove that he can still be a main factor on the roster. If Orton were to lose, not only would it reflect badly on SmackDown Live, but WWE as a whole.
SmackDown would suffer as one of their main superstars intended to help carry the brand to new heights coming up short in his first big match back could drop him to, at most, a veteran mid-carder. There’s also the issue of Lesnar’s recent pair of failed drug tests after his UFC event. Now it seems like Lesnar can’t truly prove himself in the octagon without an illegal boost. Combine that with the controversial decision that Brock’s part-time status makes him exempt from WWE’s Wellness Policy, and now everything has a cloud over it.
Brock is a superstar who relies on his power and strength to win matches, but his moveset is limited and the buzz over him has faded significantly since his return in recent years. Combine that was his lackluster charisma and non-existent mic skills, and things aren’t great. Paul Heyman makes up for some of that, but even Lesnar’s position as a physical specimen is in question after his failed drug tests.
That being said, Orton’s return to prominence can help boost ratings on SmackDown and give a “jack of all trades” superstar who can become a staple of the brand. Although a majority of the match at SummerSlam will probably be Brock taking Randy to Suplex City, the best move is not to give Brock another seemingly pointless win. It’s best for business to have Randy Orton humanize Brock Lesnar by taking him to ViperVille with an #RKOouttanowhere and take back his position as The Legend Killer.