“Whether Laurinaitis will acquiesce to Lesnar’s demands remains to be seen. It is unclear whether Laurinaitis even has the authority to grant the former three-time WWE Champion with a pay raise or exclusive use of WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon’s private jet – not to mention Lesnar’s unprecedented requirement that WWE’s marquee show should now be referred to as “Monday Night Raw, Starring Brock Lesnar.” Even if he does, can Laurinaitis come through on those terms before the WWE Universe descends upon Dayton, Ohio tonight?
Moreover, the terms of their agreement may not sit well with the WWE Board of Directors. WWE COO Triple H contacted Laurinaitis during Extreme Rules to discuss a pressing matter of unknown origin. It’s no secret that Triple H and Laurinaitis have not seen eye-to-eye since the latter drew scrutiny for his seemingly personal vendetta against WWE Champion CM Punk earlier this year. Could Triple H be chiming in now because he is unhappy with the revised arrangement between Lesnar and Laurinaitis? Or could he possibly be planning another performance review of the undisputed GM of Raw and SmackDown? Is Laurinaitis’ job on the line due to these events? Could tonight be the night he loses control of both brands?
The ramifications of Extreme Rules may have created more dilemmas than it resolved, but be sure to tune into Raw SuperShow live tonight at 9/8 CT to see how Laurinaitis, Lesnar and Triple H finally get some answers.”
-- WWE’s website also has a new article up today looking at John Cena’s speech following the win over Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules. They speculate that Lesnar’s Kimura Lock submission may put Cena out of action for some time but tease repercussions from John Laurinaitis and say doctors are running tests on Cena before tonight’s show. Here’s part of what they wrote:
“There could also be repercussions from the fallout. Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and General Manager of Raw and SmackDown John Laurinaitis was forced to bend to all of Brock Lesnar’s demands in order to get the contract signed for Sunday’s match. That included declaring Lesnar the “new face of WWE” – a face that was surprisingly defeated at Extreme Rules. With an angry Lesnar presumably on his way to Raw SuperShow (Starring Brock Lesnar, per the Superstar mandates?), Laurinaitis may be looking to punish the Superstar who threw a wrench in his plans.
Or were John Cena’s words simply that – words? Was his post-match statement just a matter of general recovery? Both Superstars were the worse for wear after the final bell Sunday night, especially Cena. The Cenation leader may need time to recover from the incomparable beating he received at the hands of Lesnar in order to get back in the right frame of mind for competition.
Doctors are running tests on Cena today ahead of Raw SuperShow from Dayton, where both Cena and Lesnar will be in attendance. What is in store for these Superstars? Tune in tonight at 9/8 CT on USA Network to find out!"