Since shortly before Wrestlemania, Brock Lesnar and the RAW title have been a discussion point amongst wrestling fans. That chatter has intensified this last week with Lesnar’s appearance at UFC 226, and the shove he gave to Daniel Cormier. While nothing is “official” we know that it is heavily rumored the Lesnar will take on Cormier in January of 2019.
So what is WWE going to do with Lesnar and the Universal Championship? Let’s take a look at the possibilities.
The Build For Roman Reigns
We all know that Roman Reigns has long been the star Vince McMahon has wanted to push to the moon, but every time there is a possibility of it happening, McMahon seems to get cold feet. Roman has the prototypical look that McMahon likes, but can never seem to connect with the fans. They have attempted to turn Lesnar against the fans with Reigns’ promos before Wrestlemania, calling out the fact that Lesnar is never on RAW, and essentially is a part time champion. Perhaps SummerSlam is finally the time Reigns gets the victory over Lesnar. If they don’t do it at SummerSlam, will they ever?
Monster In The Bank
Whether or not WWE goes with Roman Reigns, it can be assumed that Braun Strowman could cash in his Money In the Bank at SummerSlam. Strowman could challenge Lesnar the night after Extreme Rules, or the more likely scenario would see Strowman cash in during the Reigns/Lesnar match at SummerSlam, similar to Seth Rollins cashing in at Wrestlemania a few years ago. It would be likely that Strowman would get the pin fall against Reigns, thus not hurting Lesnars’ character. This also builds Brauns’ first feud as champion with Roman Reigns.
What About Bobby Lashley?
It has been long reported since before Wrestlemania that Lashley would return to face Lesnar for the Universal Title at SummerSlam. While that talk has cooled, there is always that possibility WWE swerves and does something different. It gives them a match that has never happened in WWE history. Also, the storyline writes itself. Lashley has a successful MMA background (and a much more impressive record than Lesnar), and he also has just as impressive amateur wrestling background as Lesnar. You could also see a similar scenario in which Strowman would cash in his Money In The Bank thus creating a story line with Lashley.
Brock Lesnar Retains
I know, I hear everyone collectively gasping. However, remember all the chatter that Lesnar was going to lose to Reigns at Wrestlemania? Lesnar retaining is a very likely scenario. Vince McMahon is a proud man who may be afraid to lose Lesnar to the UFC, and perhaps it is part of the reason WWE.com discussed the potential Lesnar/Cormier fight. Lesnar is the top draw in WWE, and there aren’t many people behind him that can fill those shoes. Think of the possible cross promotion, Brock Lesnar walking down the aisle to face Daniel Cormier while carrying the WWE Universal Championship.
Strip Brock Lesnar of the WWE Universal Championship
An unlikely scenario is WWE stripping Lesnar of the title. With the storyline contract negotiation breakdowns, it could lead to the title being vacated. Depending on the timing of the Cormier fight, Lesnar could return at the Royal Rumble, or certainly at Wrestlemania to attempt to regain a title he never lost. Stripping Lesnar doesn’t hurt his character and doesn’t do any damage to the Universal Championship. This could set up a one night or multi night tournament, culminating with the finals at SummerSlam. This scenario also gives the WWE a chance to push a mid card or less pushed talent such as Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Elias, etc.
My Final Thoughts
WWE has had multiple chances to take the title off of Lesnar, whether it was Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns or Braun Strowman. RAWs ratings have been some of the lowest of all-time recently and it could be argued that part of it has to do with Lesnar not being on the program and not defending the title. WWE has to address the lack of title defenses at some point, or things with the RAW brand may only get worse.