Can Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar Be Saved for WWE SummerSlam 2017?


Following Braun Strowman’s main event-esque showing on WWE Raw, can his potential encounter with Brock Lesnar be saved for four months?

In July 2016, when Braun Strowman went to Raw, if you thought he would be deserving of a main event spot in nine months, you may have looked crazy. Here we are, though, exactly nine months later, and Strowman is looking like a headlining talent.

We’ve seen the slow rise of the Monster Among Men since the WWE Draft, but the past four months have been remarkable to him. It’s reaped rewards for Strowman, who interfered in one of top matches at the Royal Rumble, went head-to-head with Roman Reigns at Fastlane, and subsequently annihilated him almost two months later.

What topped it all came on Monday’s episode of Raw, facing Big Show in Round 2 of their series of matches in 2017. It resulted in not only the best big-man bout of the year, but created a signature moment for Strowman, as he superplexed Show, causing the ring to collapse. It left everyone in awe, to say the least.

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In the midst of this is the rumor of Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar being on for some time in the summer. It would be for the Universal Championship, following up on their encounter from the post-WrestleMania Raw.

However, what’s noted about this is it taking place in June or July, which is Extreme Rules and Bad Blood, respectively. With the path Strowman is headed, he’s gaining enough star power to warrant the bright lights at the Barclays Center in August. It would be an upset to see him left off the card, but at this point, a main event of Strowman vs. Lesnar not happening falls into this category.

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This wouldn’t be quite like Goldberg vs. Lesnar from Survivor Series and WrestleMania 33, but it can be an all-out brawl for 10 minutes. The Beast Incarnate and Strowman would throw rights and lefts, suplexes and heavy hitting, getting that raucous reaction from the crowd that was seen in the WrestleMania 20 rematch. It would feel like a fast-paced UFC fight, except going an extra round or two.

That leads to the big-fight feel of this, with two larger-than-life athletes squaring off. The anticipation will hopefully have been built up enough to where we get the dueling chants for both Superstars, a fixture of these hyped main events. They can stare each other down from across the ring for 20-30 seconds, as the crowd goes wild, before clashing in the ring to a thunderous shout. It only helps that the Barclays Center has proven to be red-hot for WWE shows.

There’s plenty to create from a Strowman vs. Lesnar match at SummerSlam, giving it the big stage it will deserve. That may be tough to do at Bad Blood or Extreme Rules, two shows that won’t be watched by nearly as many people, along with considerably less amount of hype. This scene doesn’t fit the bill for something like what these two could do, especially if there’s plenty of excitement around it.

As for ways of WWE getting to this point, they’d have to go through two Raw-exclusive PPVs. It’s a difficult task, which may force Strowman vs. Lesnar to happen before SummerSlam. If that’s the case, it makes the former Next Big Thing’s match something to ponder over the coming four months. Does that mean Roman Reigns gets the spotlight? What about a Triple Threat match for the title between these three competitors?

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After WWE Payback — if Strowman defeats Reigns — we should see how quickly WWE moves forward with the Lesnar match. Can they wait on it happening?