According to an Aug. 2 report from Fansided, the SummerSlam main event won't be getting much extra hype this week, as Brock Lesnar and John Cena are both expected to miss the taping of WWE Monday Night Raw in Austin. The episode, which will be filmed Aug. 4 at the Frank Erwin Center in Texas, airs live at 8 p.m. on the USA Network. Cena, 37, the current WWE Heavyweight Champion, will miss the taping because he is still filming for his role in the forthcoming Tina Fey flick, "Trainwreck."
As for Lesnar, no official word on why he won't be appearing on WWE Monday Night Raw in Austin, other than the fact that it doesn't make much sense for him to appear if Cena isn't on hand for the taping. There are just two weeks left to go before Lesnar and Cena collide in the main event of SummerSlam, so the WWE was expecting to use episodes of Monday Night Raw to hype the feud.
Unfortunately, those plans haven't worked out. Luckily for WWE Universe, both Lesnar and Cena are expected to appear on the Aug. 11 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. The hope is that Lesnar can cut a nice promo with Paul Heyman, to help fuel the feud with Cena. Since Lesnar is the top heel in the WWE and Cena is the promotion's most popular babyface, the WWE is banking on fans to be interested in their battle even though the match isn't being hyped much. Heyman is likely to appear in Austin, to help sell the Lesnar vs. Cena matchup.
Cena and Lesnar have gone toe-to-toe twice before. Heading into WWE SummerSlam, the score is tied at one-all. Cena defeated Lesnar once, and the former UFC champ reigned supreme over the current WWE champ once. WWE SummerSlam will determine who goes down in history as the victor of one of the greatest rubber matches in promotion history.
Without Cena or Lesnar on hand for WWE Monday Night Raw, the other athletes on the WWE roster are going to need to step up to deliver an exciting show for the Austin crowd. The WWE has released the list of athletes set to appear on the show, and it includes: Randy Orton, Triple H, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Kane and the Wyatt Family. No bouts have been officially announced for WWE Monday Night Raw in Austin, but fans are likely to see a collision between Jericho and at least one member of the Wyatt Family.
Also on tap for tomorrow's show, Ambrose is expected to continue his feud with Seth Rollins, and Orton may collide with Roman Reigns. Elsewhere, there is likely to be a tag-team bout to determine who will get the chance to compete at WWE SummerSlam. Xavier Woods recently formed a new tag-team with Big E and Kofi Kingston, so there's a good chance they'll be in action against The Brotherhood or Rybaxel.