Strowman is going to get suplexed on Sunday at No Mercy, but how long will Lesnar be able to keep the monster in Suplex City.
Since Brock Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012, his matches have all had the same underlying themes. Despite his rich amateur wrestling background, The Beast doesn't simply go to the ring and try to out-wrestle his opponents, he comes out and destroys them. Lesnar has been back with WWE for five and a half years now, and in that time, he has wrestled just 24 televised matches. None of them have been five-star bouts, but for some reason, Lesnar competing is always an attraction.
One of the reasons we all love watching Brock Lesnar pick apart opponents is to see him take those poor souls to Suplex City. The Universal Champion will go out of his way to suplex his adversaries over and over and over again, before eventually putting them out of their misery with an F5. No one is exempt from the suplex treatment in Lesnar's matches with John Cena, The Undertaker, and most recently Samoa Joe all paying a visit.
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For the first time ever though, it would appear that Lesnar has come up against a man who may very well be immune to the suplex treatment. This Sunday the champion will have to defend his Universal Title against Braun Strowman. As Paul Heyman has astutely pointed out, The Monster Among Men feels like the first real threat to Lesnar's title since he won it. Can Lesnar get those suplexes in on Sunday though? And if so, how many?
Whether Lesnar could actually suplex Strowman at all was teased for a while. Even though their No Mercy match will be the first time the two have met one on one, they did famously clash in SummerSlam's main event Fatal 4-Way match. On that night, Lesnar tried to suplex Strowman a couple of times, but never managed to land it. Then on Raw recently, he proved to us that he actually can do it, but Strowman bounced straight back up. How many of those big Germans is it going to take to keep The Monster down? 16 is the first number that springs to mind. That's how many Lesnar used to decimate Cena at SummerSlam 2014. If Braun can bounce right back up after one though it feels like 16 may not be enough, and let's be honest, is Strowman really going to let anyone suplex him 16 times in one night?
It's an extremely interesting quandary and just one question that fans can't wait to see answered when Brock and Braun clash at No Mercy on Sunday night. Against all the odds, WWE actually made it feel like Lesnar could legitimately lose to Strowman and we could have a monster as our Universal Champion. 16 suplexes or not, it is going to be an extremely hard-hitting and intriguing contest.
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