In a few weeks, Brock Lesnar will put his Universal Championship belt on the line against Braun Strowman at the No Mercy pay-per-view at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. However, it would seem like we already know who is going to win.
You see, at this point, it is widely known that the planned main event for WrestleMania 34 next year at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana is Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. And since that match couldn’t have the championship implications if Lesnar loses the belt to Strowman, it is also widely assumed that Lesnar will defeat Strowman at No Mercy.
However, Cageside Seats is reporting that even though the expectation is that Strowman will lose the match, the WWE is going to do all they can to protect him in defeat.
What they mean by “protect” is not made clear, but it could mean everything from outside interference to any other kind of "non-clean" win for The Beast Incarnate. The WWE is certainly not burying Strowman, nor have they decided to let up on his big push. So, if he does lose, expect The Monster Among Men to look good in defeat.
But, as all WWE fans know, nothing is for certain when it comes to these matches and it does seem like WWE creative has been having fun with creating some big shocking surprises lately: Goldberg’s two fast victories over Lesnar earlier this year and Jinder Mahal’s championship win and longer-than-expected reign are just a couple of examples.
So, with that in mind, there is always a chance that they decide to surprise the WWE universe, and have Strowman get the win over Brock (probably while also “protecting” Lesnar as well).
WrestleMania 34 isn’t for another seven months. That gives them plenty of time to get the belt back on Lesnar before then. And it would also further rise up Strowman as the indestructible monster that they have been pushing him as since they had him beating up jobbers one after the other last year.