If you didn’t catch this past Monday’s episode of WWE’s RAW, the previously scheduled 6-Man match that was set to take place at Extreme Rules on July 15th to crown the next challenger for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship was cancelled by General Manager Kurt Angle (read Mitchell’s Live Report here). Over the weekend, WWE reported that there have been contractual issues regarding Lesnar’s next title defense (check that out here), which is reportedly set to take place at SummerSlam on August 19th. With that scheduled 6-Man now supposedly no longer taking place, the current talk is that Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley, who are the only two Superstars who had been announced to be part of the match, are now likely to go one-on-one at Extreme Rules.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, the contract issues between WWE and Brock are all just storyline and the current plan is will still see ‘The Conqueror’ defend the Universal Championship against Roman at SummerSlam. Additionally, it’s being said that the angle is revisiting what the company attempted to do with Lesnar leading into WrestleMania 34, depicting him as a guy who’s out the door and does not care about the WWE Universe. Ultimately, the goal is to try and make ‘The Big Dog’ appear sympathetic as others continually tell him to “step aside”.
EA’s Take: In other breaking news, water is wet. Quite honestly, anybody with half of a brain who keeps up with the product could have told you that Brock’s “contract issues” were a work. It’s brutally obvious. If the plan is for Lesnar to drop the strap to Reigns at SummerSlam, I can tell you right now that Roman won’t be getting the “sympathy” that the company is striving for. We saw how he was treated at Money In The Bank in Chicago and with SummerSlam taking place in Brooklyn, another “smarky city”, the majority of those fans are not going to buy it. The only way they could save that is by having Braun Strowman cash in that night. Other than that, expect Reigns/Lesnar to not be given a chance and likely be booed from the opening bell.
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