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WWE SummerSlam likely to set up Wrestlemania 31 bout between Lesnar and Reigns

According to an Aug. 15 report from WrestlingInc.com, Paul Heyman defended Brock Lesnar receiving a main event slot opposite WWE Heavyweight Champion, John Cena, at this weekend's SummerSlam pay-per-view spectacular. Heyman, a legendary WWE manager, says it's actually a good thing that Lesnar is a part-time performer, because it makes it special when he does show up to fight. Other WWE superstars have bashed part-time performers, so Heyman's comments are sure to cause a stir.

Brock Lesnar takes on John Cena at WWE SummerSlam
Brock Lesnar takes on John Cena at WWE SummerSlam
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John Cena, the man who Lesnar faces this weekend at SummerSlam, might be especially upset to hear about it. He works year-round, at WWE shows across the globe. Some WWE superstars work 12 months a year, at dozens of televised and non-televised house shows. As for Lesnar, he's one of the few who has a sweetheart deal to work only a handful of events each year. Lesnar usually appears during Wrestlemania season, and also sporadically over the summer for SummerSlam and WWE Monday Night Raw episodes leading up to the pay-per-views.

Here's the thing: There are two different ways to look at it. No one is right and no one is wrong. Does it make it more special when Lesnar shows up to work for the WWE? Absolutely. When you have a top superstar who only appears a few times a year, it makes him a must-watch featured athlete. As for Cena, he's the WWE's top babyface, but it wouldn't matter if the average fan missed one of his bouts.

Cena competes on just about every WWE card, so fans don't have to see every single one. It's not as special as Lesnar's appearances. Heading into this weekend's SummerSlam spectacular, the rumor is that Cena will drop the belt to Lesnar, which will set up one of the biggest matches in Wrestlemania history. The speculation around WWE Universe is that Lesnar will defeat Cena at SummerSlam, and Roman Reigns will win his match against Randy Orton.

Reigns vs. Orton is expected to be a No. 1 contender match to determine who is next in line for a title shot. That said, a win by Reigns would give him a shot at whoever wins between Lesnar and Cena. Since Lesnar is expected to beat Cena, fans can look forward to an epic Wrestlemania 31 headliner between two of the top stars in the sport. The plan appears to be for Cena to drop the belt to Lesnar at SummerSlam, and then for the title to change hands again at Wrestlemania 31.

Lesnar is expected to have a short six-month title reign, before losing the belt to Reigns early next year. Where former champ Daniel Bryan fits into the puzzle is anyone's guess. Bryan is expected to be sidelined for up to a year, but the hope is that he'll be back for next year's Royal Rumble pay-per-view. SummerSlam, which features Lesnar vs. Cena in the headlining slot, goes down Aug. 17 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.