This past week on SmackDown Live Jinder Mahal took it upon himself to drop a bombshell in the form of a Survivor Series challenge. The WWE Champion declared that he has no worthy competition left on his own show and is looking elsewhere for someone to do battle with. He decided to go straight to the top as well, issuing a challenge to Raw's Universal Champion Brock Lensar. It's very unlikely that The Beast Incarnate will turn down the chance to take Mahal to Suplex City, although we won't know that for sure until he responds on Monday night. Whether it happens or not there is a definite feeling in the air that Jinder Mahal isn't exactly the best option for a Brock Lesnar Survivor Series opponent, but who would have been a better choice?
One man who took offense to what Jinder Mahal had to say on SmackDown Live this week was AJ Styles. The Modern Day Maharajah seems to think that Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton are the only people on the blue brand worth beating. Well, The Phenomenal One interrupted the champ's Survivor Series challenge in order to point out that he's yet to beat him. What Styles should have said was that he's the one who should be facing Brock Lesnar. Styles can get a good match out of anybody and the prospect of him taking a trip to Suplex City would be too good to pass up. It's a match we didn't know we wanted until Styles emerged on Tuesday night to confront Mahal.
At Great Balls Of Fire earlier this year, Samoa Joe got the chance to go one on one with Brock Lesnar. It was a match that a large chunk of the WWE Universe were dying to see, and while it maybe didn't quite live up to the hype, it did have a big question mark over it. Joe may have ventured into Suplex City, but he certainly wasn't decimated like most who take on The Beast. As The Samoan Submission Machine pointed out after the fact he nearly had Brock. He came extremely close to locking in the Coquina Clutch and arguably that could have been the end for Lesnar. One "lucky" F5 later though and Joe was down for the three count, but who knows what would happen if they were to have a rematch?
We've seen Seth Rollins take on Brock Lesnar before, but it was a very different match to the one that would take place if they were to do battle again now. When The Beast Incarnate and The Architect met at Battleground in 2015, Rollins was aligned with The Authority. He was a heel instead of the crowd favorite Shield member that he is now two and a half years removed from that match. What's more, we didn't get a proper finish to his match with Lesnar. The lights went out and when the came back up The Undertaker had returned and Rollins was nowhere to be seen. Rumor has it that Rollins may very well face Lesnar sometime time soon, but unfortunately, it won't be at Survivor Series.
Seth Rollins isn't the only man rumored to be in line to get a shot at Brock Lesnar and his Universal Championship some time soon. Finn Balor is another Superstar whose name is being thrown around for a match with The Beast. In all fairness, it is long overdue. Balor had to relinquish the Universal Title over a year ago now and returned from injury six months ago, yet he hasn't had his rematch. Now, it's understandable because when Balor battles Brock, it's not likely that he's going to win. WWE is trying to protect The Demon from losing. The first time it happens will likely be against Lesnar and it really does feel like Survivor Series could have been built around that match.
The worst kept secret in pro wrestling right now is that WWE is building towards a Roman Reigns versus Brock Lesnar rematch at WrestleMania 34. The Big Dog has reunited with The Shield to kill time between now and then and Lesnar is seemingly being fed Mahal at Survivor Series to fill the gap between now and the Road to WrestleMania. Since everyone is so sure that Reigns and Lesnar will clash in New Orleans next year, why not throw a curve ball and bring the match forward? Have the two behemoths clash at Survivor Series and make the main event of WrestleMania 34 a mystery once again. A novel idea but one WWE won't have since they seem to want Reigns standing tall at the end of every single WrestleMania for the foreseeable future.
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