It was announced a month ago that Brock Lesnar would be a regular on WWE Monday Night Raw leading up to the brand’s Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view event in July. At Extreme Rules, it was discovered that Brock Lesnar would face Samoa Joe at that event in July and last week Samoa Joe made his intentions clear when he knocked out Paul Heyman with the Coquina Clutch.
WWE.com reported today that not only will Brock Lesnar be on Monday Night Raw tonight to make Samoa Joe pay for laying his hands on Paul Heyman last week, but Brock Lesnar will actually open Monday Night Raw.
This should be huge when it comes to starting the feud between Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe for Great Balls of Fire. For one thing, Brock has never allowed anyone to hurt Paul Heyman – physically or otherwise. If anyone wants to see what Lesnar is capable of when defending Paul Heyman, look at what he did to Vince McMahon.
Back on the Jan. 28, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw, Vince McMahon called Paul Heyman out to the ring to humiliate him, and it looked like he was going to fire Heyman. Just as McMahon was about to yell his “You’re Fired” catchphrase, the music of Brock Lesnar hit.
Brock Lesnar came to the ring and stood face-to-face with Vince McMahon. As Paul Heyman was begging Brock not to do anything and McMahon stood up to Lesnar and told him to back off, Lesnar did the unthinkable. Brock Lesnar picked up the 67-year-old Vince McMahon and hit the F5 on him, effectively taking him out of his onscreen role on Monday Night Raw for a long time.
Of course, Samoa Joe is not Vince McMahon. For one thing, Joe is not scared of Brock Lesnar and has proven through his career that he will fight anyone at any time and won’t back down. Brock has the same history and has beaten people like John Cena, Triple H, and The Undertaker over the years.
When Brock Lesnar opens WWE Monday Night Raw tonight, he will want Samoa Joe, and he will want blood. Brock proved a couple of months ago that he isn’t scared of anyone when he stood face-to-face with Braun Strowman and the Monster Among Men is the one who backed down.
Of course, in the WWE, Samoa Joe is playing the heel and has proven to be good in the WWE-version of a bad guy where he picks his spots with sneak attacks and leaving before he gets hurt. There is little chance that Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe get too physical on tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw because the WWE will want to save that for Great Balls of Fire.
Of course, as previously reported, there is no chance that Samoa Joe will beat Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire and the WWE plans on this being a short feud that will end at that July pay-per-view. The hope is that Joe will come off strong after the loss and move on to a new high-profile feud.
Brock Lesnar, on the other hand, will move on to what is expected to be a SummerSlam match in August with Braun Strowman. While the WWE has announced that Braun is out for a number of months. That is thought to be just a storyline and Strowman will return to Monday Night Raw early for the big match.
Brock Lesnar is expected to keep his WWE Universal Championship all the way until WrestleMania 34 next April where he will face Roman Reigns for the title. Outside of Samoa Joe in July and Braun Strowman in August, Lesnar is expected to defend his title against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor over the next year.
WWE Monday Night Raw will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.
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