WWE Extreme Rules 2017: Bray Wyatt Should Win Fatal 5-Way Match


When searching for the next challenger to Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship, look no further than Bray Wyatt at Extreme Rules.

Brock Lesnar will defend his title at July’s Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view against the winner of the Fatal 5-Way match at Extreme Rules. Bray Wyatt should walk away as No. 1 contender at WWE’s upcoming event.

Why should The Eater of Worlds emerge victorious in a strong main event featuring Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Samoa Joe? It’s really quite simple.

Lesnar is unlikely to drop the Universal Title before SummerSlam, which means he needs an opponent to defeat in July. Wyatt is the perfect solution, and for a number of reasons.

Losses on pay-per-view have become all too common in Wyatt’s career, but he’s been able to overcome them due to the nature of his character. A loss to The Beast wouldn’t hurt Wyatt, either. He can take a clean loss at Great Balls of Fire and seamlessly move on to another feud for SummerSlam.

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Of all of the possible scenarios, a Wyatt-Lesnar match might be considered the least “must-see”, but that doesn’t mean the pair couldn’t put together an excellent program. This also frees up Balor-Lesnar, Reigns-Lesnar and Rollins-Lesnar to be held at the “big four” pay-per-views in the future.

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Wyatt and Paul Heyman are two of the best talkers on Raw, and the pair could create an interesting dynamic together. Not only would they add intrigue to the title match, but few can talk up an opponent quite like Heyman.

While the story of Balor chasing the Universal Championship he never lost would make it a marquee match, as would a meeting of Reigns and Lesnar, the only two men to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania, those showdowns should be preserved for the biggest events of the year.

Wyatt, a recent WWE Champion, can be the legitimate challenger Lesnar needs, but ultimately one he can defeat and move on. Losing to The Beast wouldn’t hurt Wyatt’s long-term future, but would give Lesnar a credible victory heading into a potential encounter with Braun Strowman at SummerSlam. The fact Strowman previously teamed with Wyatt could provide some backstory to a Strowman-Lesnar clash.

Heyman’s praise of Balor might have been a hint to the way the WWE is planning to go at Extreme Rules, and a meeting between The Demon and The Beast would certainly excite, but that can be saved for another day.

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Wyatt should become Lesnar’s immediate challenger. The two can put together a memorable, entertaining feud, while also giving the Universal Champion a legitimate contender he can defeat at Great Balls of Fire.