On September 24, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar will collide in a fight for the Universal Championship. Strowman is a star in the making, there’s no doubt about it. Despite having wrestled less than 10 matches before debuting on the main roster, Braun has quickly improved as a performer. We have just witnessed one of the most meteoric rises in recent history.
While many are hoping that the Monster Among Men becomes the new Universal Champion, one has to wonder how that will affect the product. Here are some of the pros and cons if Braun Strowman defeats Lesnar.
Con: A Dearth of Possible Challengers
If Braun defeats Brock, who will challenge Strowman? There’s the obvious answer in Roman Reigns, but that won’t work just yet. Braun is not the type of person who should have a 3-week title reign. He’s the kind of person you give a 6-month title reign as an unstoppable monster. If he defends it against Reigns too early, either Reigns loses (which will undo so much work), or Braun loses the belt too early and looks weak. Aside from Reigns, who else can challenge the Monster-Among-Mountains-of-Men?
Two of Raw’s top faces, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, are the tag team champions. Finn Balor is stuck in a seemingly never-ending feud with Bray Wyatt. Cesaro and Sheamus are heels. Who’s left? We might not even have Big Show anymore. The likes of Jason Jordan, Apollo Crews, and Kalisto are nowhere near over enough to challenge for a top title. So who will be next?
Pro: New Blood in the Title Scene
While we’re far from the days of main events being clogged by John Cena and Triple H, it’s still always exciting to see new faces in the title scene. We were all having a good time with Jinder until he actually won. AJ Styles’ reign as Champion saw him face off many times against Dean Ambrose, but he also fought Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, and John Cena.
Granted, Strowman isn’t exactly “new blood” in the title scene, but it will still be a change of pace should he win. How would he be as a champion? That’s something many people will be excited to see.