Brock Lesnar versus Samoa Joe at the WWE Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view was initially supposed to be a one-off, but plans may have changed. On Raw, Paul Heyman and Lesnar came to the ring to discuss the aftermath of GBOF and the future of him being the champion. The two were then interrupted by Roman Reigns, who explained that there was some unfinished business with him and Lesnar since Seth Rollins capitalized on their brutal match at WrestleMania 31 by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Samoa Joe appeared, stating that Lesnar barely got past him and told Reigns that he never beat him. This led to a heated altercation, which caused General Manager Kurt Angle to schedule a match between Reigns and Joe to determine the No. 1 contender.
To many, Samoa Joe is someone who could realistically stand toe to toe with the dominance of Lesnar. However, former WWE writer Vince Russo stated that there is someone who would be better competition for Lesnar in a shoot fight than Joe would be.
At the G1 Special in USA event hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling, IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi defended his championship against former WWE Intercontinental Champion Billy Gunn. To a fan of the Attitude Era, and one who appreciates former popular names returning to prominence, watching this match was well approved.
— NJPW news (@njpw1972_eng) June 18, 2017
However, for the fan who is narrowed to the new wave of pro wrestling stars, this match was poorly received.
On his latest Castrating the Marks show, Russo bashed the podcasters who criticized Gunn competing against Tanahashi, emphasizing that Gunn can still go in the ring and that he is a “thoroughbred.” In fact, Russo made the bold claim that Gunn would be tougher competition in a UFC fight for Lesnar than Joe would be.
At 53, Gunn still has a very impressive look and can still hold his own in the ring. Moreover, having older names compete for New Japan is something that occurs frequently, as the fanbase has a great appreciation for legendary names such as Jushin “Thunder” Liger (52), Tiger Mask (59), and current NEVER Openweight Champion Minuro Suzuki (49).
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