WWE will roll the dice next Monday on Raw and opt for fan favorite Samoa Joe or the divisive Roman Reigns as Brock Lesnar's challenger for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam—and logic dictates it has to be Joe.
Sure, the two men only met at Great Balls of Fire last weekend, but what was initially designed as a holding feud for Lesnar ahead of SummerSlam has truly captivated the imagination. Joe has transitioned into WWE's main event spotlight superbly, and it feels unfair from here to drop him back down after a one-and-done feud with the champ.
There are strong supporting arguments for both men getting the shot, but when everything—including WWE's plans beyond Lesnar—is examined, Joe is the obvious man to win the match.
Joe Deserves Another Chance After Great Balls of Fire
The first—and perhaps most important—reason why Joe should be sticking around in Raw's main event scene is that he's done absolutely nothing to deserve being moved away from it.
From start to finish, his mini-feud with Lesnar surpassed all expectations. Sure, it was a dream match for many WWE fans when it became official, but Joe tore the house down on a weekly basis.
Whether it was the attack on Lesnar which prompted their all-out brawl in their first face-to-face or the sneak attack on Lesnar on the stage, for once, it looked like Lesnar had found someone who belonged at his level.
Lesnar seemingly thrives off such intensity, and we saw a much more aggressive side of him in the run-up to the match at Great Balls of Fire, too.
Furthermore, the bout itself, although short in length, was really enjoyable. There was little let-up from start to finish, and it all adds up to Joe deserving at least one more shot.
WWE's SummerSlam Plans Make More Sense with Lesnar vs. Joe
This all transcends beyond Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe II.
For SummerSlam to be a success, there has to be a stacked card from start to finish. It wouldn't be a big pay-per-view otherwise.
And after what happened at Great Balls of Fire, moving Reigns away from Braun Strowman would be a grave mistake.
Had Strowman won that match and left the stage without being attacked, that would have felt like the book closing on their rivalry.
But Reigns' attack on Strowman means Roman-Braun III has to be on the cards for SummerSlam as a huge finale to that feud.
Moving Reigns into the title picture at the expense of Joe leaves Strowman without a clear plan. It also leaves Joe with nothing meaningful to do. Both of which could make for a dull SummerSlam.
But Will Either Man Win?
There is a third option to all of this and next week's match between Joe and Reigns, though.
What if neither man won, setting up a multi-man bout at SummerSlam?
It doesn't take too much work to figure out Reigns is headed back for the Universal Championship at some point. Probably sooner rather than later, too.
But if the feeling is that Joe doesn't deserve to be ditched from the title picture, why not have the match end controversially and see both progress to SummerSlam?
Or...throw a fourth man into the mix.
Have Strowman, still furious from Reigns' actions at Great Balls of Fire, interfere and take out Reigns and Joe to force Kurt Angle to set up a four-man match at SummerSlam.
Who knows, with all four feeling like they belong in the title picture in the coming weeks, it may well happen.
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