Braun Strowman vs Brock Lesnar is being built as one of the biggest rivalries the WWE has ever planned for the beast. With The Monster Among Men being built as one of the few legitimate threats to The Beast, it's shaping up to be a big match. Now, just a few weeks out from No Mercy, we've learned what the original plans were for this showdown. Braun Strowman is being framed as the most legitimate threat to Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship since The Beast beat Goldberg for the belt at WrestleMania 33. Rightly so too. At SummerSlam Strowman's actions sent Lesnar from the arena on a stretcher, then the following night on Raw Braun delivered a couple more of his patented power slams for good measure.
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This week on Raw, the story between the two was developed even further. Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman called Strowman to the ring for a fight, and that's exactly what they got. The Monster Among Men accepted the offer and once again left Lesnar laying. The lasting image was Braun holding the Universal Championship high over his head with his foot planted firmly on a floored Lesnar's chest.
Their encounter on Raw this week had a real go-home show feel about it, and there's a reason for that. According to Wrestling Inc, The Beast Incarnate will not be present for the actual go-home show to No Mercy which takes place this coming Monday in San Jose, California. That's why Brock was monster handled this past Monday in what will be the final time the two men meet before their championship match at No Mercy.
Paul Heyman made sure to mention that for the first time since Brock battled The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, his client is the underdog. Despite that, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer stated that the original plan for the match is for Lesnar to retain his title at No Mercy. Now that may still be the case, and considering Strowman's temperament, a title retention for Lesnar doesn't necessarily mean a clean win for The Beast.
It's incredible to think how far Braun Strowman has come since the draft in 2016 when he was separated from the rest of the Wyatt Family. Not many would have predicted that he would be a fan favorite heading into a Universal Championship match with Brock Lesnar less than 18 months later. Strowman is a WWE made creation that wasn't an indy darling, so to have the support he has from the fans is extremely impressive. This one will be a WrestleMania caliber match and one that should not be missed.