While WWE fans are excited at the prospect of Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar, they’re not quite as stoked about it possibly being a one and done feud, with Joe ending up as another victim of The Beast. But, it appears that might not be the case, as WWE is willing to extend the feud beyond next month’s Great Balls of Fire show. So, what will it take to get the program extended beyond next month’s show? Well, the answer is simple, and not very surprising.
According to Cageside Seats, WWE will consider extending the Lesnar vs. Joe feud if it helps increase their weekly audience for their flagship show, Monday Night Raw. If not, then Lesnar will move on to other things following Great Balls of Fire.
Unfortunately, this week’s show probably won’t do great numbers, as Raw was going head-to-head with Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Also, Lesnar isn’t scheduled to be on next week’s show, so next week’s rating might not be much better than whatever this week’s turns out to be.
On Monday’s Raw, WWE decided to put the Lesnar vs. Joe confrontation on first because they were competing with the NBA Finals. In short, they wanted to show their big angle before everyone started watching the NBA game. Aside from the Lesnar vs. Joe brawl, which was awesome, it was a complete throwaway show.
The biggest question of all is, not if Joe will win, because as we know, the current plan is for Lesnar to hold onto the Universal Championship until WrestleMania, so Joe winning is out of the question, but rather, will it be a complete squash like most of Lesnar’s matches are? Well, on Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer weighed in on how the match will be booked.
“Joe is meant to be one and done [with Lesnar], so we’ll see. The thing with this is, Joe’s not winning the title unless they have a complete change of heart. I hope that they see that there’s mileage in Joe and Lesnar, and they book the match accordingly, which is, you book a match, Lesnar wins, but it’s done in a matter where you’re building a rematch. There’s a lot of ways to do that. There’s ways to do this where people wanna see it again.”
During his time down in NXT, Samoa Joe was described by many as the perfect opponent for Brock Lesnar, but for a while, it didn’t seem like the match was ever going to happen. In fact, for a period of time, it looked like WWE had no plans to bring Joe up to the main roster, as he was down in NXT for roughly two years. But, thankfully they did, and they wasted almost no time putting him in the ring with Brock Lesnar.
As previously mentioned, the current plan is for Lesnar to hold onto the WWE Universal Championship until WrestleMania 34 next spring, where he’ll lose it to, you guessed it, Roman Reigns. Of course, there’s always a chance that plans will change. In fact, plans change on a fairly regular basis in WWE, so just because Lesnar vs. Reigns is the plan for next year doesn’t mean that it’ll happen, which means that there’s at least a chance, albeit a small one, that Joe will win the title next month. But, as of right now, that’s not in WWE’s plans.
Lesnar was originally supposed to defend his title against Braun Strowman at Great Balls of Fire, but due to the ex-Wyatt Family member’s elbow injury, WWE had to change their plans, which is why Joe is now getting a shot at the title.
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