Samoa Joe Needs to Defeat Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire. Here’s Why:
There hasn’t been such excitement surrounding the WWE Universal Championship until recently when Samoa Joe secured the number one contendership at Extreme Rules over a month ago. What was only dream scenario has now become reality for wrestling enthusiasts, as Samoa Joe, The Samoan Submission Machine, battles Brock Lesnar, The Beast Incarnate, at RAW’s exclusive Great Balls of Fire Pay-Per-View.
The rivalry between Lesnar and Joe has produced some of RAW’s best promos for the year, and is probably the only reason to watch the product as of late. Samoa Joe has impressively carried this feud just as fans expected to see from these two behemoths. But what will cap this exciting matchup is a victory in Joe’s hands.
Below are five reasons why Samoa Joe needs to win at Great Balls of Fire against Brock Lesnar.
1. We Want a Fighting Champion
CM Punk’s Pipe Bomb and infamous opinion on part-timers winning WWE championships years ago resonates with me still. And that will certainly always be the question, especially if a part-timer does hold one. Should part-time WWE performers overstep full-timers for championships? That answer is debatable. My personal thought, however, believes this shouldn’t be, unless under varying circumstances.
Varying circumstances involving great creative booking with other wrestles on the roster, keeping fans’ interest away from the mainstay title. Unfortunately, RAW is suffering by not having an exciting story outline for its superstars. With that, a sidelined Universal Championship only hurts the fairly new championship, especially since its presence has been diminished due to Finn Balor’s inaugural injury, Goldberg’s short reign, and feeble stories with other wrestlers on-screen.
Monday Night RAW desperately needs a fighting champion to show up each week to keep the narrative for the brand intriguing. Samoa Joe would be perfect to carry that task.
2. Solving the Brock Lesnar Problem
The WWE has a problem when it comes to Brock Lesnar, and it is not entirely on the fault of Brock Lesnar. The Beast Incarnate is absolutely fitting for the specimen that is Brock Lesnar. Since his return in 2012, Lesnar’s dominance has progressed to a unimaginable levels never experienced before. Defeating John Cena in the most lopsided victory in WWE History, ending the Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak before that, and every match, with exception to Goldberg’s return, being swayed entirely in his favor.
Case in point, only those “deserving” enough (like Undertaker, Goldberg, Triple H, and John Cena) are the ones able, and allowed, to defeat Lesnar clean. Those of higher prestigious as it seems.
This creates a problem for developing athletes, even veterans, in WWE who are seen as unable to honestly compete with Brock Lesnar based on size and stature alone. That is why Samoa Joe was the only suitable candidate coming out of the Fatal Five-Way at Extreme Rules the number-one contender; Samoa Joe is built identically to Lesnar’s scary dominance, but is also another that can believable defeat Lesnar clean.
A Samoa Joe victory over Brock Lesnar will create an atmosphere of balance making it easier for booking someone like Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, or Roman Reigns to put on a realistic match against him. Otherwise the same booking will continue to go on as before.
3. Such a Stacked Roster on RAW
Solely judging on pure wrestling ability, RAW’s current talent is the best group of wrestling performers WWE has ever had. Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Sheamus, and Seth Rollins; or even Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy who have carried other promotions; and now with Braun Strowman and Big Cass arising, RAW’s roster is the dream of any professional wrestling booker. Personally, this era of sports entertainment has the potential to exceed the Attitude Era’s overbearing shadow.
With that being said, it is criminal for the exclusive WWE Universal Championship to remain stagnant, having an appearance every couple months or so, while top performers climb a ladder manipulated by a creative structure.
Though Brock Lesnar is a dominant force and spectacle to see in WWE, his presence as champion is limiting the possibilities of ever seeing fan favorites Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, or Bray Wyatt become Universal Champion. Which leads me to my next point.
4. Please, Not the Roman Empire, Unless…
This may seem hypocritical since early I wrote a full-time wrestler should win the WWE Universal Championship; however, Roman Reigns should not win the title anytime soon for obvious reasons.
It has been rumored for some time that a Reigns versus Lesnar rematch is the focus for SummerSlam, WrestleMania 34, or the foreseeable future. If you watch RAW, you know that Roman Reigns is the future star, like John Cena, though it seems more forced from the “powers that be” than a natural fit. It is too predictable for Reigns to become champion this soon but that is not the main reason.
Reigns’ character needs a revamp, which is overly apparent and confusing why it hasn’t happen yet. Roman Reigns should turn heel, something WWE Hall of Famers agree with as well. His most heel moment came after defeating The Undertaker at the RAW after WrestleMania 33 in what was his best promo of his young career; a promo that controlled the audience with only a few words and a short length of time that seemed an eternity.
A Reigns turn from babyface, I believe, would definitely give fans a new reason to hate him while also giving fans a new reason to like him. This is highly unlikely to happen. Disappointing, especially for someone who thinks Roman can shine as a ‘bad guy’ if given the opportunity to do so.
5. It’s Samoa Joe
No matter where Samoa Joe has gone he always performed and gave the fans more than they bargained for. His days in TNA gave the wrestling community some of the greatest matches to ever be seen in wrestling history. His bouts with AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Kurt Angle were amazing. And his Ring of Honor days were even more special, similar to the likes of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.
He elevated NXT prior to his jump to the main roster with his NXT: TakeOver bouts against Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura. He is still in position to offer his greatest matches yet. It truly is a privilege to witness Joe perform in the square circle.
A Samoa Joe victory ensures the WWE Universe that the Universal Championship is not just an obsolete statute, but rather the highest accomplishment one can attain on RAW; and something fans should be excited to pay money toward. The possibilities with Samoa Joe as champion are endless, which is something that Monday nights can definitely benefit from.