This year's edition of Survivor Series will be highlighted by a series of champion vs. champion matches, but perhaps none of them are bigger or more intriguing than Universal Champion Brock Lesnar squaring off against WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal.
Mahal challenged Lesnar to a match at the upcoming pay-per-view event, and Paul Heyman came out on this week's edition of Monday Night Raw to accept the offer. So, the match is on between these two beasts.
Though many are critical of the matchup (given how Mahal hasn't exactly gotten over as a worthy champion), the Lesnar-Mahal match actually should be a success. Here are five reasons why Lesnar makes sense as Mahal's next opponent.
5. Getting Mahal Over
Mahal has already beaten top talents like Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, but it hasn't been enough to make him a convincing champion. Mahal's physique but lack of talent in the ring makes him a comparable to Batista, yet he just isn't that worthy of being the face of SmackDown.
But if Mahal can prove to be a solid opponent against Lesnar, or if he even conquers the beast, it could help get him over as a champion once and for all. Mahal's character hasn't been bought by many fans and critics just yet.
Facing Lesnar gives Mahal the chance to finally get some momentum and get over with the crowd. Whether he wins or not, a solid match and showing he can fight the beast could go a long way.
4. Beast vs. Beast
For Lesnar, his best matches seem to come against other stars who are built as strong, dominant and nearly unstoppable forces. This includes Goldberg, Undertaker, Triple H, and Roman Reigns, among others.
So, a battle between two giant machines filled with muscles and veins actually make for an intriguing match. Both men have squashed a handful of opponents and have been built up as indestructible.
There are only so many opponents that should actually beat Lesnar. With his frame and size, Mahal is an opponent that you can actually buy as a conqueror of the beast, Brock Lesnar.
3. Mahal Has To Prove Himself
Some of Mahal's victories have come via help from the Singh Brothers. Reasons like this are why some of us have had troubles being sold on Mahal as a legitimate and deserving WWE Champion.
But in facing Lesnar, Mahal gets the chance to prove himself. If Vince McMahon had Roman Reigns "retire" The Undertaker before defeating Braun Strowman, then he has to have a plan to make Mahal seem like the real deal.
Mahal still has a lot to prove. But plenty of his doubters could go away if he's able to defeat Lesnar, or at least come close. This is his first real big match as WWE Champion. Now, he has to show us why he owns the belt.
2. Nobody Else To Face Lesnar
At this stage of his career, Lesnar has faced almost all of the elite competition on the WWE roster. He's already had his feuds with John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, Big Show, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Dean Ambrose, and others.
Many would like to see Lesnar face Finn Balor and Kevin Owens, but those can wait for another day. Right now, Mahal is among the few suitable opponents for Lesnar. Given how they're both champions, the time to have this match is at Survivor Series.
Some of the other top stars are already in the midst of rivalries that won't go away anytime soon. With Mahal needing a new opponent and Lesnar needing a new rival, having this match makes sense. Honestly, who's a better option for Lesnar to face in a month's time?
1. Get This Match Over With
At the end of the day, not many WWE fans are probably looking forward to this match. The silver lining is it just about guarantees that the two men WON'T highlight Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 34.
Lesnar vs. Mahal will probably be a mediocre match at best. But we know how thrilled Vince McMahon is about putting this one on. So isn't it better to just have it out of the way, rather than see them clash at 'Mania or the road leading up to it?
By WrestleMania 34, Mahal may not even be a champion nor in the main event picture. Lesnar will probably have a more worthy opponent (even Roman Reigns is better than Mahal).
So let's just be happy this match will be over with in a few weeks. It's better than dreading the event on the Grandest Stage of Them All.