According to an Aug. 11 report from ProWrestling.net, Brock Lesnar interrupted Hulk Hogan's birthday celebration during the live taping of WWE Monday Night Raw in Portland. It worked perfectly to draw heat from the crowd on hand for the festivities. Lesnar, who competes against John Cena this weekend at the SummerSlam pay-per-view spectacular in Los Angeles, told Hogan to his face that the party is over, after crashing the ceremony.
Hogan, who turned 61 years old on Aug. 11, was treated to a thunderous ovation from WWE Universe, as thousands of fans stood and applauded during his walkout at WWE Monday Night Raw. The WWE pulled out all the stops to give Hogan a great birthday party, inviting his former teammates Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to the show. Also, Ric Flair, Jimmy Hart and Roddy Piper made cameo appearances at WWE Monday Night Raw, to drum up support for Hogan's birthday.
Unfortunately for Hogan, the party was cut short by Lesnar's untimely entry to the ring. Lesnar, joined by Paul Heyman, went nose to nose with Roddy Piper, before giving Nash and Flair long, uncomfortable staredowns. Lesnar then confronted Hogan, before Cena popped up out of nowhere to stop the party from getting completely destroyed.
It was a fantastic segment that simultaneously honored Hogan and drummed up support for this weekend's SummerSlam pay-per-view. The WWE has been trying hard to get Lesnar some real heat from fans, and there was no better way to accomplish that than to destroy Hogan's birthday party. Since Hogan is perhaps the most popular babyface character in WWE history, Lesnar's appearance helped draw some legitimate boos from the crowd on hand for WWE Monday Night Raw.
Prior to Hogan's birthday celebration getting destroyed, Lesnar had been receiving some applause. The WWE doesn't want Lesnar to receive babyface reactions heading into SummerSlam, so they did the right thing by scripting him to crash Hogan's party. Lesnar collides with Cena on Aug. 17 at the SummerSlam pay-per-view at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prior to this week's WWE Monday Night Raw, there hadn't been much heat between the two men.
However, all it took was one epic segment to get fans psyched to see Lesnar and Cena do battle at SummerSlam. Lesnar and Cena have collided twice before, with each man winning once. SummerSlam will determine which man will walk away as the winner of one of the greatest trilogies in WWE history. As for Hogan, he's not expected to appear at SummerSlam.