Universal champion Brock Lesnar is set to face Samoa Joe at WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017, the main event which most believe will go the Beast Incarnate’s way. Lesnar has steamrolled against past opponents, but Joe does have the experience to show up the champ.
The WWE creative team has been building up on Samoa Joe, the proverbial heel that is technically backed by the Authority. After jostling with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, the Samoan Submission Machine earned the right to challenge Lesnar at WWE Extreme Rules, Forbes reports. And if the ratings are to be used as a basis, it seems that everything is falling into place.
WWE building on Joe’s rise
Head on, Joe is not expected to pluck the title from Lesnar’s clutches easily. He will need to pull out all the stops to become the WWE Universal champion, meaning he may need to use his wits.
Past opponents have tried and failed, except perhaps for Goldberg. While scripted, Joe needs to be built properly for the WWE to benefit, a task that may be easier said than done.
Joe does have the agility and size against Lesnar, perhaps his only natural weapons to overcome the brute strength of the Beast. That would include his experience, something that the 38-year-old has proven in past wrestling groups like Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and Ring of Honor (ROH).
The push Joe is getting is long overdue but a victory this early could be off. He may win the title, but somehow this may only happen through something inadvertent. It could be a cheap disqualification move, something that falls into the hands of the creative team.
Joe has nothing to lose at WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017
In the event that the normal course happens, expect some brutal physicality to ensue. Lesnar may keep the belt but expect something dramatic before WWE Great Ball of Fire 2017 wraps up.
Joe could continue rendering punishment or be joined by someone who holds a grudge against Lesnar. That could be Rollins, Reigns or even Finn Balor, all having vested interest on the WWE Universal title.