I honestly think the promo from last Monday Night RAW between Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon was more about enhancing the storyline between Shane and Brock Lesnar, then anything else. It was also a way to enhance character development between these two: Steph as an alpha female, and Heyman as the cocky advocate that is really nothing without Lesnar, and one who will always bow down to authority. I honestly think the whole â€˜fine promoâ€™ was also a way to just close the SummerSlam chapter with Lesnar, yet subtly keep the spotlight on an impending feud between Shane-O-Mac and The Beast. The only thing I find interesting, and something that nothing to do with Lesnar, or even Heyman at that, is this: the fact that during the segment, Stephanie was talking about how she will always back up her family, and was looking to avenge Shane. This is a face move, and post-Wrestlemania Stephanie has walked a fine line between face and heel character (telling off Charlotte in one breath, yet backing up Seth Rollins only weeks later). After Triple H interfering in the main even match that night, and Stephanie not having a clue about what he was up to, Iâ€™m wondering if this promo was also a way for Stephanie to show a sneak peak of a potential face turn? Only time will tell â€¦
This one is something I am still trying to figure out. I thought at the time, it was a bit of an odd segment. Paul paid the fine. Pissed Stephanie off. Built up Brock as having won SummerSlam for RAW and being on the team. Then acting like Brock can do anything, until finally just apologizing. But as Stephanie left, the camera lingered on Paul. And Paul had a rather maniacal look on his face. It was the look, more than anything, that has me wondering.
Well, that and the apology itself. It was built up for minutes, with insults and such going back and forth, Heyman paying the fine in singles and all that. And then the actual “I apologize” came, and Stephanie was just like, fine, see you later and she left the ring. That, coupled with Heyman’s face as she made her exit? That makes me think there’s a lot more coming. Like this was all a show, to torment Shane, since he was the one that said the $500 fine was an insult. So Steph puts on a big show having the advocate apologize, but it’s more like a big bird to her brother. I really see it as just the next shot fired in Steph/Shane, and that ultimately, we will find out that Heyman and Stephanie are in cahoots.
Bottom line? I have no idea, but my gut tells me this one is far from finished.
The angle started off great. Stephanie McMahon and Paul Heyman always have excellent chemistry in the ring. It feels like thereâ€™s a little bit of legitimate heat between the two. The end of the promo didnâ€™t help. Stephanie basically told Heyman she only cared about Brock Lesnar. Somehow, Heyman convinced Stephanie from firing him and the segment closed with a grinning Heyman. It seems like Heyman one-upped Stephanie on Monday. Plus, Iâ€™m not sure if Heyman or Stephanie was playing the heel. That made the whole segment a little more confusing.
I feel this was done to continue a future storyline between Shane McMahon and Brock Lesnar. The groundwork was set at SummerSlam and Shane seems like the kind of person who would want to wrestle Lesnar. Shane has no fear (just looking at all his insane bumps over the years) and thatâ€™s the attitude needed when facing Lesnar; whether Lesnar is working or shooting in the ring. That match will either take place at Survivor Series, Royal Rumble or WrestleMania with a DQ stipulation added. Maybe, in an insane twist, Stephanie helps Lesnar defeat Shane because the siblings are competing to make their show the best.