When Brock Lesnar beat Braun Strowman at No Mercy, some of the WWE Universe was stunned. After weeks of Strowman “monster-handling” Lesnar, it seemed almost inevitable that Strowman would win the match and potentially become the new WWE Universal Champion. It would have been a decision fans, by in large, would have supported.
Instead, WWE went with Lesnar retaining the title and by pinning “The Monster Among Men” clean. Using only six suplexes and an F-5 to put the monster down, the reaction was swift and fans booed the decision almost immediately. Wrestlinginc.com is reporting that while the after-effects of the pay-per-view were not shown live on WWE Network, it was clear the audience was behind Strowman and disapproved of the direction WWE chose to go.
The website is reporting, “There was no dark main event segment after last night’s WWE No Mercy pay-per-view went off the air from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar left with Paul Heyman, correspondents noted that Braun Strowman was booed by the crowd before he recovered and made his exit. There was a feeling of disappointment in the main event among fans in attendance and fans on social media.”
Choosing to keep the title on Brock Lesnar was an interesting decision. Strowman was becoming arguably more popular than any WWE Superstar, and his push to the main event was impactful. He’s much more the future of the WWE than Lesnar is and “The Beast Incarnate” has been a part-time talent since he won the title off of Bill Goldberg at WrestleMania 33. Lesnar defeating Strowman by itself is likely not a huge issue to the fans, but the way in which the finish occurred will potentially bring Strowman’s push to a screeching halt and the WWE Universe may not be ready to see that happen.
Strowman was never the champion, and therefore is not entitled to a rematch. Will he demand one? Will he enforce one? Or, is the current WWE Universal Champion going to disappear from WWE programming like he often does after a big win. It could be that thought that has many disappointed.
Fans will be watching Monday Night Raw in anticipation of what happens next. Is the WWE planning on giving the next shot to Roman Reigns? If so, expect another resounding chorus of boos. To the WWE Universe, the only thing worse than potentially seeing Strowman lose is that he didn’t win so Reigns could down the line.
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