Brock Lesnar to Defend Universal Title in Fatal 4-Way Match at WWE SummerSlam

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2017

FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, Brock Lesnar makes his entrance at Wrestlemania XXXI in Santa Clara, Calif. Lesnar, the former WWE and UFC heavyweight champion, was selected Monday, June 27, 2016, as the cover superstar for the WWE 2K17 video game that is set for an Oct. 11 release.  (AP Photo/Don Feria, File)
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Brock Lesnar's odds of carrying the WWE Universal Championship past SummerSlam aren't looking good after Raw general manager Kurt Angle announced Lesnar will defend the belt in a Fatal 4-Way match, per WWE.com's Michael Burdick.

Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns will be the challengers for The Beast Incarnate.

Angle's decision came after Strowman interfered in last week's No. 1 contender bout between Joe and Reigns, forcing a no-contest.

Bleacher Report's Graham Matthews is among those looking forward to SummerSlam:

On paper, the Fatal 4-Way match makes perfect sense.

It should be a great showcase for Strowman, Reigns and Joe while offering some protection for Lesnar should he lose the title. He can drop the belt without sacrificing the general aura that he's still one of WWE's most dominant wrestlers.

The trio of Strowman, Reigns and Joe can also carry the bulk of the in-ring action, allowing Lesnar to make an even bigger impact when he's involved in the match.

Two of Lesnar's most entertaining bouts since his return to WWE in 2012 have come in Triple Threat matches. His victory over Seth Rollins and John Cena at Royal Rumble 2015 was one of that year's best matches, and the same could be said of his defeat to Reigns at Fastlane 2016 that included Dean Ambrose.

Looking at the wrestlers involved, SummerSlam's Fatal 4-Way for the universal title should be one of the strongest on the card.

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