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SummerSlam 2017 is right around the corner and it’s quickly becoming one of the most anticipated wrestling events of the year. Brock Lesnar has been on a tear ever since his return to the WWE, but standing in his way are Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns. Lesnar is putting the WWE Universal Championship belt on the line against three tough opponents, but things have gotten even more interesting now that Lesnar has declared he’ll leave WWE if he loses.
The fatal four-way match feels like what WWE has been leading up to all year long and will pit some of the biggest names in the game against each other. Brock Lesnar will face off against Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman. The event has already been called pay-per-view’s most hyped event in years, and we only hope that it will be able to live up to expectations. The four will duke it out to decide the WWE Universal Champion, a belt that has been a point of contention ever since Lesnar initially took it from Goldberg at Wrestlemania 33.
Lesnar versus Goldberg had all the makings of a match of the year and served as one of the highlights of an otherwise rather lackluster event. Before the fight, the odds massively favored Lesnar to gain revenge on Goldberg, and Lesnar didn’t disappointment. The competition was a whirlwind of suplexes and spears with Lesnar ultimately walking out of the ring with his first WWE Universal Championship.
Since then, he’s defended the title once, against Samoa Joe at Great Balls of Fire, and now he’s about to do it again. Despite its questionable name, Great Balls of Fire ended up being a terrific event, and it was the ideal PPV to set us up for SummerSlam while featuring some of the year’s best matches. Lesnar took out Samoa Joe to reestablish his dominance over the Universal Championship. The even bigger fight was the knock-down, drag-out ambulance match where Braun Strowman officially defeated Reigns, only for Reigns to exact his own revenge the very same night. Great Balls of Fire set the stage perfectly for the upcoming fatal four-way as both Reigns and Joe will finally get their shots at the title that they’ve so desperately wanted.
This will mark the SummerSlam debut of both Joe and Strowman so you know they’re looking to make a big impression. But it’s important to note that only two wrestlers have ever earned a world title during a SummerSlam debut: when Brock Lesnar himself beat The Rock 15 years ago, and last year when Finn Bálor took out Seth Rollins to become the first Universal Champion. Considering that Bálor was able to do it in 2016, we’d be surprised to see WWE allow a repeat, making it much more likely that Reigns or Lesnar will walk away with the belt.
When SummerSlam kicks off on August 20 it’s going to be absolute pandemonium at the Barclays Center. With a stacked lineup of fights, and one of the biggest throwdowns we’ve seen in quite some time, it looks like this is going to be one for the ages. It’ll definitely be a fitting way to cap off a summer of what’s already been a ridiculous year for wrestling.