Chris Jericho, Triple H, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, and The Undertaker. These superstars have all been WWE Champion. However, now they wrestle part-time. Some because of injuries, while others because of budding movie careers or other ongoing projects. Most of the time, the veterans re-enter the WWE to help “put over” or help out the next generation of superstars. However, there is a very real possibility that at Summerslam, on August 17, that a part-time wrestler, Brock Lesnar, could become the WWE Champion.
Lesnar wrestles part-time because he signed a contract that allows him to do so. It means that he can appear on WWE television when he wants to, and when he appears, fans are excited because they have not seen him in a long time. The crowd also knows he is there to really “do some damage.” When Brock is not there, his “advocate” Paul Heyman can build some hype on an upcoming match by cutting promos on the microphone. And, he is extremely good at that.
I truly believe Lesnar will win the WWE title at Summerslam. He is signed for only a few dates, so the company should take advantage of the time he is there. Plus, if he wins, a couple questions develop: Does Brock appear more often on WWE television, because he is champion? How often would he defend the belt? Even if Lesnar wins and does not appear on television, at least Paul Heyman is there to help promote future matches for his “client.” If he wins, he will defend the title at WWE Night of Champions in September. After that, who know when he will appear again.
Another thing to think about is, if Lesnar wins the title at Summerslam who will take it from him? The company seems to be pushing Roman Reigns. I think if Reigns can get victories over some current top guys like Randy Orton, Triple H (who still wrestles periodically), John Cena and perhaps Daniel Bryan (if and when he returns from injury) then he will be ready to hold the WWE Championship. The other option is a simple one: Have Reigns win the Royal Rumble Match in January and then he will be in the main event of Wrestlemania 31. With the right build, crowd support and promo work, I think Roman Reigns can be the one to topple “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar.
It will be interesting to see what happens to WWE programming if there is a new champion crowned at Summerslam this year. In my opinion, and I hope this is not the case, the company may force Lesnar to lose the title quicker than he should because he is not on television every week. I hope I am wrong here, but do not be surprised if that happens.
So, should a part-time wrestler become the WWE Champion? Perhaps not. I say this because the full-time wrestlers work hard every day in order to be recognized and earn titles. When WWE brings in part-timers, and have them participate and even win the championships, it can be demoralizing for those who are there on a daily basis. I understand the WWE has a vision for its company, and it uses the wrestlers to achieve that goal – part-time, as well as full time wrestlers. Perhaps, the psychology is to motivate the full timers to work harder. However, I think loyalty and justice for all should be key factors in the final decision making process.