Joey Styles is the voice of the WWF, he does RAW. Paul Heyman is the analyst, he doesn’t work every week, if Lesnar is on the show, we don’t see Paul except with Lesnar.
There’s not gonna be a Summer Slam is my favorite Summer Slam beat to hit, it’s a perennial.
Here, although Lesnar (who doesn’t work for WWF in storyline, he’s match by match) had a return match clause, he’d holding up the promotion. Or rather, Paul’s holding up the promotion on Brock’s behalf – Lesnar won’t speak to anyone in the company, whenever someone tries to talk to him (like Foley, still WWF Commissioner, but not for long) Heyman intervenes, dripping with contempt:
On that show – another GDI meeting – this one led by Punk, in the ring, without Steamboat (cause he’s gone) and without (noticeably) Danielson.
Christian loses two more years on his career with Nemeth and Underground take him out – he comes back and its Nemeth who is getting cheered. He’s done with the fans – he’s done playing this game.
A bitter veteran Christian vs. the cocky hotshot babyface riding high is the storyline – they can mix together multiple times, there are lots of Underground vs. Clique matchups to do all summer long (Edge is gone after that first week, he doesn’t work here). This serves to turn all of Underground babyface, albeit not at a high level – but they all essentially flip by virtue of being with Nemeth. Sandow benefits the most from the absences of Sheamus and Barrett (also injured) and he demonstrates value.
Late in the build it happens to Swagger –they say they want to send a message to Lesnar, that his title isn’t safe either – they triple powebomb Swagger, which knocks him out of what was a planned Summer Slam match, say against Kofi (which, when its called off is what gets Kofi, at his own volunteering, the match with Brock) and hit the catchphrase. We take all the turns.
RVD says no – no offense, but no, he’s not coming back to get involved in politics or wars or factions or any of that stuff – he just wants to hang out with his friends and put on the best show he can. RVD says at Summer Slam, he’s asked to wrestle twice, because he’s been gone so long he wants to give the fans all he can give them (the two opponents then come up on the video wall). RVD refusing to be in a stable is a reference to his most recent TNA angle, and if you’re aware of that – that’s good product knowledge.
This is a Summer Slam tradition, albeit one that comes and goes as the situation requires. And the partners aren’t that increible – Nemeth and Punk are named captains, this is a decision explicitly made by the new Championship Committee, whose identities are still secret, but will be revealed at Summer Slam. Nemeth, as current Triple Crown holder, gets to select as his partner anyone on the card.
He picks Sandow – they’re Underground brothers, Sandow has stepped up in meaningful ways this summer, and Nemeth ‘s loyalty to the Underground cause is being established during this build. He’s a prick, but he’s a prick who is loyal.
Which – is now set.