Braun Strowman not only lost his Universal Title match to Brock Lesnar, but it took just one F5 to keep The Monster down at No Mercy.
The main event of No Mercy this past Sunday night was built as being a WrestleMania worthy match. Quite rightly too. Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman faced off with the Universal Championship on the line in a match of epic proportions. WWE had booked the angle so well that the majority of us were even convinced that The Monster Among Men might actually slay The Beast.
The feud really took off at SummerSlam when both men were in a title match along with Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe. Strowman took it upon himself to single-handedly dismantle Brock Lesnar, sending him through two announce tables and debilitating him to the point that he was briefly taken away on a stretcher. Between then and No Mercy, Strowman was built as a dominant force and a legitimate threat to Lesnar's crown.
Then, No Mercy happened. Despite John Cena vs.Roman Reigns being booked on the same card, Strowman and Lesnar's championship match quite rightly went on last. For the most part—up until that point—it had been a very successful pay-per-view. Most fans would have believed the main event was only going to add to that, but it didn't really live up to the hype. Strowman threw Lesnar around a bit, and The Beast returned the favor, then one F5 later, and The Monster was defeated.
Keeping finishers strong is important and something that is taken for granted in WWE today, so normally one F5 and the 1-2-3 wouldn't be an issue. However, just two matches prior to Brock and Strowman's we witnessed Reigns get hit with a multitude of AAs, including one from the middle rope, and kick out time and time again. The last man to fall to just one F5 was Samoa Joe at Great Balls of Fire, and before No Mercy, you'd have thought WWE regarded Strowman as much more of an asset than Joe.
This begs the question, is that it for Strowman? One month of continually getting the better of Lesnar only to effectively fall at the first hurdle when attempting to capture the Universal Championship is not a good look. Lesnar will likely disappear for a couple of months, so The Monster Among Men won't even be able to get any revenge right off the bat. It'll be interesting to see what WWE has in store for Strowman next, and hopefully, his stock hasn't dipped after his No Mercy match this past Sunday.