Ahead of their SummerSlam contest, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe met in the ring, with each wrestler determined to emphasise why they would be the one walking away with the title. The pre-match build-up began with defending champion Brock Lesnar’s manager, Paul Heyman, hinting that the 40-year-old could be about to quit the WWE stage in order to return to the UFC scene, despite the disgraced fighter retiring from the Octagon for a second time in February 2017 following a failed drugs test.
Samoa Joe, who will be making his SummerSlam debut, soon entered the ring to begin discussions.The hulking California-born fighter made his point very clear to Lesnar who looked undeterred by the 38-year-old’s claims. Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns soon joined the action as the trash talk escalated into full-blown warfare, eventually resulting in Strownman and Lesnar being separated by security and a raft of WWE talent.
If this is to be Brock Lesnar’s final appearance in WWE, he’ll certainly want to exit on a high. The reigning champion has a history of flitting between sports following his departures to professional football in 2004 and UFC in 2008 and 2016. However, despite these claims it is expected that Lesnar, who stands at a hulking 6ft 3, will remain with the sport if he completes the job and lands the championship title. There is no doubting that the bookmakers’ favourite will take some beating, but could his mind be on other matters heading into the title decider?
Lesnar may be the favourite, but Samoa Joe could be worth keeping an eye on. Yes, the experienced grappler may have failed to impress at the pre-fight meeting, but he has previously disposed of Roman Reigns thanks to a distraction by soon-to-be rival Strowman and will be determined to get the better of Lesnar following his defeat at Great Balls of Fire back in early July. Expect Joe to work plenty of his trademark psychology into the match, but the high tempo of the clash could be his eventual downfall.
With his defeat to Samoa Joe still fresh in his mind, it is difficult to make a case for Roman Reigns clinching the title this time around. At 32, Reigns is the youngest competitor, so should be able to cope with the pace of the fourway, but his negative experiences against the other fighters should put paid to any hopes The Big Dog has of leaving with the belt in his grasp.
Despite the best efforts of security and some of WWE’s finest stars, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar gave fans a taste of what they can expect at SummerSlam as they scuffled in the ring. Both men were eventually separated, but that brief spark showed a glimpse of how determined Strowman is to dispossess Lesnar of his crown. If the 33-year-old reproduces this drive and is able to partner with one of the other fighters to dispose of Lesnar, Strowman could be worth a bet at 8/1.
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