This Sunday at Extreme Rules five of Raw’s biggest superstars will battle for the right to face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at the first ever Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view in July. Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns will fight it out in what is one of the more unpredictable PPV main events in quite some time.
Every man has a realistic shot at winning it, and a case could be made for each to walk away as the number 1 contender. While the winner is almost definitely going to lose to Lesnar, a feud with the Beast Incarnate could still help each of these stars out in one way or another.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each candidate walking away the winner this Sunday night.
Finn Balor’s rise to the top is unparalleled in the history of the WWE. Having had great successes in NXT, he arrived on the main roster and won the company’s biggest prize in only his third televised match, his PPV debut no less. Sadly for Balor, he was injured in that title match and had to forfeit the belt only 24 hours later.
This instantly provides a story for Balor as he chases Lesnar for the belt and the feud could really help make him a star if executed correctly.
While he would likely come out on the losing end, a match with Lesnar would be the star’s biggest to date and could even be a match of the year candidate if The Demon King were allowed to be competitive.
Balor’s return to the ring has just not been as exciting as many had anticipated. Since making his return the night after Wrestlemania, the former Universal Champion has not even had a real feud- unless of course, you count a few strange post match promos from Bray Wyatt as a legitimate program.
This lack of feud and the fact that Balor has barely addressed the fact that he is definitely owed a title shot, has left his return feeling somewhat lacklustre. A title feud with Brock may feel forced if not handled correctly.
Another problem the WWE faces is making Balor look like a legitimate threat to Brock due to his stature. Balor has not picked up any major victories since his return to TV, so selling him as someone who can beat Brock Lesnar, something only 2 men have done in the last 4 years, may prove a challenge.