Brock Lesnar's schedule heading into Night of Champions PPV limits direction, creativity

Jesse Holland
SB Nation

Be careful what you wish for (you just might get it).

Somebody call my momma the wahmbulance.

Earlier this week, WWE announced that newly-crowned world heavyweight champion BAH-ROCK, LEZZ-NURRR would be putting his title on the line at Night of Champions (NOC) on Sept. 21 -- in an immediate rematch against John Cena -- following their perfectly-executed angle last weekend at SummerSlam.

That's exactly one month from now.

It feels a little rushed and from a creativity standpoint, it doesn't leave the writers with much wiggle room. You can't book a show named "Night of Champions" and not have the most prestigious title in your company up for grabs. Cena could be replaced, but with the "Beast Incarnate's" part-time schedule, the organization can't afford to burn a Lesnar pay-per-view (PPV) appearance on some random schlub.

Cena it is.

For a lot of us in the "Cena sucks" portion of the stands, that casts a grey cloud over the SummerSlam headliner, which was a big deal, because we don't even have the chance to let it digest. I, for one, am already starting to panic that WWE will have Cena STANDING TALL in Nashville, despite the lopsided ass-whooping he just ate in Los Angeles.

Would WWE have the guts to put Cena into an 0-2 hole?

I doubt it. But you can also argue that Seth Rollins will save that disastrous scenario by cashing in his Money in the Bank (MITB) briefcase to strip Cena of the title. Or maybe I'm way off base and Lesnar leaves "Music City" with his strap intact. That's really not the point.

The point is, it hasn't even been a week and I already have to think about it.

I was hoping to milk this thing for a few weeks but fans -- as well as WWE writers -- don't have that luxury. And a month after NOC is Hell in a Cell, which means Creative is locked into another main event gimmick match with only four weeks to prepare for it.

I guess that was the gamble with putting the belt on Lesnar.

Unless something happened behind the scenes that will keep him around, I just can't see how we get through another six PPV events while leaving the title on Lesnar, who is rumored to be defending it against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31.

That means he drops it and wins it back again after the New Year.

I've never been a fan of playing hot potato with the title, but I guess when you consider Lesnar's schedule, as well as the number of upcoming PPV events, Cena's position atop the company, and all the other guys they have to squeeze in between now and then, I suppose we should just be glad we've managed to get this far.

Especially considering the alternative.

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