SummerSlam Main Event Will be a Fatal 4-Way Match, Details
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
On last night's edition of Raw, we saw a highly confrontational segment involving Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, and Samoa Joe. After a great deal of bickering and arguing, General Manager Kurt Angle made a decision on what he would do regarding Brock Lesnar's next challenger. It had been rumored that Braun Strowman would face Lesnar at SummerSlam, then Dave Meltzer reported that Roman Reigns was going to face him instead. However, the Great Balls of Fire match between Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar was so widely-praised that fans have been begging for at least one more encounter between the two men. It seems that WWE has decided to merge all of the rumored opponents together.
According to a new report from Sportskeeda, the main event of SummerSlam will in fact be a Fatal 4-Way match between Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, and Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. The report states that Meltzer was misled by his sources, and that the match between Reigns and Lesnar was never the plan for SummerSlam. Vince McMahon is determined on having Reigns win the title from Lesnar at Wrestlemania next year, and that plan is simply not going to change. This likely means that Angle's decision to have Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns face off in a number one contender's match next week will have some involvement from Strowman.
Sportskeeda reports that the plan for the main event was actually always to have a Fatal 4-Way match at the biggest show of the summer, and that only the participants have changed. The original match would've seen Lesnar face Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, and Finn Balor instead, but the company decided to replace Finn Balor. Rollins is rumored to be facing Brock at Survivor Series instead in order to promote the newly-released WWE 2K18 video game that he is on the cover of. This is the match that makes the most sense for everybody involved, and it seems like a real possibility that the Fatal 4-Way could be our SummerSlam main event this year.