On Monday's episode of Raw, Brock Lesnar was confronted by Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe, with each man believing they deserve a shot at the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam 2017.
Next week on Raw, Samoa Joe and Reigns will go head-to-head in a No. 1 contenders match, but there is little doubt that the contest will end in controversy with Braun Strowman likely to make his presence felt.
The best-case scenario for SummerSlam is a Fatal-4 Way match for the Universal Championship.
The WWE Universe has seen Lesnar defend his title against Samoa Joe at Great Balls of Fire, and they've even seen the champion square off against Reigns at WrestleMania 31. One way to avoid repeating either of these singles matchups would be to add them both to the SummerSlam bout.
Add in the fact that Strowman had a previous face-to-face staredown with Lesnar in April, and the groundwork is set for one of the most unique and noteworthy possible Fatal-4 Way matchups in WWE history.
SummerSlam is WWE's second-biggest show of the year, and stacking the card with marquee matches is essential to the success of the event. The possible Universal Championship match between Samoa Joe, Reigns, Strowman and Lesnar would have the potential to be a match of the year contender if it comes to fruition.
Not only would adding four of the biggest names on the WWE roster to one bout make major headlines, it would also provide WWE Creative the opportunity to take the Universal title away from Lesnar without The Beast being forced to take a clean pinfall.
Whether fans like him or not, Lesnar is a big-money draw and arguably the most valuable wrestler on the roster in terms of mainstream clout. WWE will look to protect its investment with Lesnar, and allowing someone else in the match to take the pinfall will bring the title back to Raw each week without allowing Lesnar to lose the match.
With Samoa Joe, Reigns or Strowman as champion, it would be best for business to have the physical belt and the titleholder on WWE programming each week.
Next Monday on Raw, WWE Creative will continue looking toward SummerSlam by allowing Strowman to make his triumphant return and destroy both Samoa Joe and Reigns, causing the No. 1 contender match to end in a no-decision.
The resulting Fatal-4 Way would make SummerSlam must-watch television.
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