SummerSlam will serve as a day of reckoning when Brock Lesnar puts his Universal Championship on the line against Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman in a Fatal 4-Way Match to determine once-and-for-all who has the right to possess Raw’s most prestigious title.
The completely unpredictable contest was added to The Biggest Event of the Summer by Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, who saw the multi-man match as the only solution to a very complicated Universal Title picture.
Prior to the Universal Title Match between Lesnar and Samoa Joe at WWE Great Balls of Fire, Reigns announced his intentions to challenge the winner at SummerSlam. It seemed like a reasonable demand after The Big Dog overcame The Undertaker at WrestleMania to claim WWE as “his yard.”
However, Reigns went on to lose a brutal Ambulance Match to his longstanding adversary Braun Strowman at WWE Great Balls of Fire before unleashing a ruthless post-match assault, backing the ambulance containing Strowman into a parked truck at break-neck speed in an assault that The Monster Among Men barely – and miraculously — walked away from. The harrowing incident seemingly took Strowman out of the equation, but Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman still wondered how The Big Dog’s challenge should stand after losing his match.
That question was further compounded by the fact that Samoa Joe took The Conqueror to the absolute limit in their July 9 pay-per-view showdown, leaving little doubt that he had a legitimate claim to a rematch against The Beast at WWE’s biggest pay-per-view of the summer.
It was in this turbulent atmosphere that Reigns battled Joe on Raw to determine who would challenge the Universal Champion. Before a winner could be decided, however, Strowman suddenly returned to Raw and laid waste to both grapplers!
After the three competitors stepped into the squared circle the following week to make their case to stand toe-to-toe with The Beast, Angle decided that all three Superstars would get their opportunity.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar to retain or Samoa Joe to win the championship
Yes, I get to pick two here since there’s four in the match, so I have a fifty-fifty chance