Neither Samoa Joe nor Braun Strowman have been able to beat Brock Lesnar for his title one on one, so who will be next to get a shot?
The main event at No Mercy last weekend pitted Braun Strowman against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. For a while, during the build to the much-anticipated match, it felt as if The Monster Among Men might very well be the one to slay The Beast and take his Universal Championship. That was not the case of course.
With Strowman's chance squandered, the question on everyone's lips now is "who will be next to get a shot?" We may not find that out for a while, as normally takes some time off around this time of year and despite being Universal Champion, we might not see Lesnar compete again until Royal Rumble. At present, the champ is not booked for TLC or Survivor Series.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, there are two names who are next in line to challenge Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Earlier in the year, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins were two names near the top of the list to get a shot at Lesnar, and it'll be The Demon stepping up first. With Seth tied up in a tag team with Dean Ambrose and Finn technically still owed a rematch, it makes sense for Balor to be the next challenger to Brock's crown.
What hasn't been kept much of a secret is where Brock Lesnar's path is headed in the long term. Apparently, the plan is still to have Roman Reigns defeat The Beast Incarnate for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. If Meltzer is correct though, Lesnar will have to defend his title against Balor and The Architect in between now and then.
Having Brock Lesnar take on Finn Balor will likely leave the fans extremely split. While Balor is currently a fan favorite with the WWE Universe, there's no arguing the significant size difference between him and the Universal Champion. There's no question that Balor can give pretty much anybody a good match considering his talents in the ring, but it's whether Vince McMahon and Brock Lesnar can see that and give Finn the chance to prove himself to them.