WWE Extreme Rules has been and gone, and Brock Lesnar is once again your Universal Champion. That's a sentence that isn't going to cause a great deal of excitement amongst a lot of pro wrestling fans, but either way, it doesn't really matter, because this is the reality we have to face.
The Beast Incarnate defeated Seth Rollins after cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, and now, it's time to see what kind of a title reign he can have. We already know who he's going to be squaring off with at SummerSlam, but if he gets through that bout, then here are some stars we'd like to see take a swing at the big man.
10 Seth Rollins
Yes, we’re well aware of the fact that Seth Rollins has already been confirmed as Brock Lesnar’s next challenger for the Universal Championship, in a rematch at SummerSlam. Even with that being the case, though, we just want to reassure fans that we believe this is going to be a really fun match.
Seth didn’t have much luck with his title reign, and that’s been the case ever since he won the belt back at WrestleMania 35. The right move here would be for Brock to lose the strap back to Seth in order to make him feel like more of a star, but that legitimately doesn’t feel like it’s going to happen.
9 Drew McIntyre
Drew hasn’t exactly received the best booking over the course of the last few years, but even with that being the case, he feels like a legitimate contender. With a few big morale-boosting wins, he could easily make the step up in competition and go toe to toe with The Beast.
McIntyre has the kind of hard-hitting style that works especially well against big guys like Lesnar, so why not try and utilize that as best as you can? The Scottish Psychopath needs to be given the opportunity to step out of the shadow that he’s been in lately.
8 Roman Reigns
We’ve seen it many times before and fans may not be happy with the idea, but let’s face it: Roman is a star and he has been able to win most of the fans over since returning to the ring.
His redemption story won’t be complete until he reclaims the Universal Championship, and what better way to do so than by dethroning the man that very few people want to see as champion? It’d be even better if it didn’t happen at WrestleMania, because the fans are a bit sick of seeing that match on the grandest stage of them all.
He finally seems to be getting a worthy singles push, and as such, we want to see the match that a lot of fans wanted to see back at SummerSlam 2014.
The idea seemed to be, at the time, that Cesaro would go from being the new Paul Heyman Guy to being the one who tried to beat the one in 21-1. It sounds convoluted, but at the time, it worked. Cesaro and Brock would have an absolutely sensational match, and there’s nobody out there that can convince us otherwise.
6 Big E
Big E has spent the last few years in a comedic type of role, but as we've seen, he’s got the potential to do and be so much more than that.
He’s powerful, he’s charismatic, and he can be serious when he wants to be. Big E would pose a serious threat to Brock’s run, and from a visual point of view, it’d be great to see these two behemoths squaring off with one another in the middle of the ring. They don’t come to play around, and that’s what you need to see at this level.
5 Samoa Joe
He’s coming off a series of losses, but Joe vs. Lesnar just feels like a feud that has a lot more steam to it. Their showdown a few years back on Monday Night RAW (and at the subsequent pay-per-view) served as a reminder to fans that Joe is one of the most intimidating superstars on the main roster.
He may not win the title from Brock (and it actually seems pretty unlikely to think that he would), but he doesn’t even need to do so. He just needs to have an entertaining match with him and take the big guy to the limit.
4 Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar isn’t a rivalry that has been particularly profitable for WWE in the past, but even with that being the case, we would love to see the Monster Among Men finally ascend to the top of the ladder and reign supreme as the Universal Champion.
He deserves his chance at being the champ because, let’s face it, he’s come so close on so many different occasions now. He can start off as a monster babyface champion, before inevitably transitioning into a dominant heel that is able to defend his belt against any and all comers.
3 Bobby Lashley
Again, Bobby may be coming off the back of a loss, but this feels like a feud that is destined to happen at some point.
Beyond that, we really do believe that this would offer up the perfect opportunity for WWE to do something that we rarely, if ever, see in pro wrestling: have a mixed martial arts fight between the two men to determine who is the champion. As opposed to it being pre-determined, we could just have these two go at one another in the name of winning the title.
2 Kofi Kingston
Yes, he’s the WWE Champion, but it’s not like we haven’t seen champ vs. champ matches work out before. Kofi Kingston has faced off against Brock Lesnar in the past, but now, we want to see how he can handle himself after his recent push over the last six months or so.
Kofi would probably come up short and they probably wouldn’t go ahead with the idea of unifying the belts, but they don’t really need to. Kingston is a star in his own right and doesn’t need to have his hand raised against Lesnar in order to prove that.
1 Bray Wyatt
After returning to the ring as The Fiend on Monday Night RAW, now feels like the perfect opportunity for Bray Wyatt to shine and become the star that we’ve all been waiting for.
He’s in great shape, he has a wonderful new character, and he’s unbelievably over in the eyes of the WWE Universe. Now, he just needs a dance partner: and we can think of nobody better than Brock. They’ve been circling each other for a few years now dating back to the WrestleMania 32 build, and we’re eager to see what would happen.