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The RAW World Title Picture
Highlights of the Division
Samoa Joe has elevated himself as potentially the man who might dethrone Brock Lesnar for the title this Sunday—but it won’t happen. The WWE has always seen dollar signs when it comes to Brock Lesnar and having him drop the championship before Summerslam wouldn’t make sense from a promotional standpoint. Joe has been the only man since the Undertaker to take the fight to the Beast before a pay per view match. He’s clearly been the star of the feud and look for him to carry on that momentum after his eventual loss at Great Balls of Fire.
Braun Strowman has been the MVP of RAW this past year and should end the trilogy feud with Roman Reigns with a win this Sunday. The Monster Among Men was the undisputed No. 1 Contender for the Universal Championship before his injury back in mid-May. It seems based on presentation alone that Reigns might not have a chance with Strowman but the Big Dog has won matches he wasn’t favored in. In the end, it just seems like the only logical choice is to have Strowman defeat Reigns and later face Lesnar for the Universal Title at Summerslam. That’s a box-office fight of the summer.
Meanwhile, for the Rest of the Division
Seth Rollins will defeat Bray Wyatt this Sunday based on two fronts. First, Rollins is the cover athlete of WWE 2K18 so he’ll need to look strong in these next few pay per views before the release of the game. The last point is because Seth is still considered a contender for the Universal Championship, he has more to lose than Bray Wyatt. The Eater of Worlds hasn’t made much of a dent in the rankings and unless he makes significant changes to his progression, look for him to remain a main-event pretender for the time being.
These are the rankings for the division this week.
WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar (1 Win – 1 Loss)
- No. 1 Contender: Samoa Joe (11 Wins – 5 Losses)
- Contender No. 2: Braun Strowman (8 Wins – 5 Losses)
- Contender No. 3: Roman Reigns (10 Wins – 10 Losses)
- Contender No. 4: Seth Rollins (8 Wins – 7 Losses)
- Pretender No. 1: Finn Balor (9 Wins – 4 Losses)
- Pretender No. 2: Bray Wyatt (6 Wins – 8 Losses)
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