If you've been watching Monday Night Raw, you'll notice a reoccurring trend. Braun Strowman is having his way with Brock Lesnar. Since SummerSlam, Strowman has monster-handled the Universal Champion, and if how things have progressed is a sign of what to expect in their matchup at No Mercy, it looks like "The Monster Among Men" will easily do away with "The Beast Incarnate".
That is, however, unless all of this is a setup. We've come up with five reasons we think Brock Lesnar will actually defeat Braun Strowman at No Mercy.
5. Braun Strowman Is Not Undefeated
With the way Strowman is being pushed, you'd think he's not only never lost a match but that he's never been hurt. Neither is true. Not only has Strowman had issues with certain opponents, he actually lost a match to Roman Reigns at Fastlane in March of 2017.
This means it's impossible to suggest no one can beat him. When you consider then that his opponent is Brock Lesnar, the man who can defeat anyone, this isn't going to be the cakewalk it has appeared to be so far.
4. Stretch Out the Feud
The fact that this feud is starting at No Mercy is odd when you consider most people believed this was a match best suited for WrestleMania. We agree, and as such, we believe this feud finally ends at WrestleMania 34 and not at a pay-per-view nobody really cares about.
This match is only the beginning and to make it work, the likelihood is Lesnar squeaks out a victory after almost losing. A loss doesn't hurt Strowman like it hurts Lesnar, and if Strowman is upset that he didn't win, he can take it out on the Raw roster until he gets his rematch.
3. A Weak Lesnar Is Not Effective
The reason the Lensar character works is he's dominant. In small doses, you can let someone dominant look weak, but to do so over and over would take away from Lesnar's appeal. You saw it with Goldberg, but in those instances, it was more shock and surprise than it was Goldberg manhandling The Beast. The way Strowman has manhandled Lesnar can only go on for so long before it's not good for Lesnar's character.
Unless the WWE knows something no one else does (like that Lesnar is leaving) it doesn't work to continually have him beaten down over and over.
2. Lesnar Doesn't Have To Win Clean
The advantage to entering a championship match as the champion is that you don't have to win the match, you simply can't lose via pinfall or submission. In this case, Lesnar could get disqualified, he could get counted out, or he could steal a pin and still be the champion.
He also has Paul Heyman on his side. While Paul has never gotten involved physically in Lesnar's matches before, there's always a first for everything.
1. The End Game Is Strowman With The Title, Not Lesnar
If the point of all this was to keep Lesnar the Universal Champion, we could see putting Strowman over now only to let Lesnar chase down the title after losing it. The fans would even be pro-Lesnar as he tries to get it back. However, the WWE Universe has made a switch.
Lesnar is no longer the fan favorite. Since Strowman is the WWE Superstar the company eventually wants to have hold the title when this feud is done, it makes sense to wait a little longer to give it to him since it will mean more when he wins it.