While the entire wrestling world is preoccupied with this weekend's SummerSlam festivities, WWE may already have their plans set for their next PPV, No Mercy.
According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE has the main event for the September show booked. The current plan is to have Brock Lesnar defend his Universal Championship against Braun Strawman. This battle of titans would take place September 24th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Even further, WWE Hall of Famer, Jim Ross also believes this is the direction WWE is heading. He had this to say on his blog:
"Also, I am not of the mindset that it is automatic that Brock Lesnar will lose the Universal Title on Sunday. I could see, however, this huge main event setting up Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman down the road on another big stage."
This marks the second leak this week concerning SummerSlam's main event. WWE was said to be doing their best to keep the finish of SummerSlam's Fatal 4-Way under wraps. So much so that the actual competitors were to be kept in the dark until the last minute.
Well, seeing that they're renting out the arena for four consecutive days, WWE may have been contractually obligated to let the folks at Barclays in on privileged information. And now, WWE can officially regret divulging information to the loose lipped Barclays. In order to promote the RAW after SummerSlam, Barclays tweeted the following (SPOILER):
Keeping the stipulation at play for SummerSlam in mind, (Brock Lesnar leaves WWE if he loses the Universal Championship) this means that Brock Lesnar will be retaining on Sunday. If Brock loses he'd be back home cuddling Sable on Monday, not appearing on RAW.
Barclays has since deleted the tweet which only magnifies their flub.
Sunday's Fatal 4-Way is set to be one of the most dramatic matches in WWE memory. With such a competitive field, WWE could theoretically place the Universal Championship on Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman with no issues. However, it looks like it will be the Beast Incarnate who leaves SummerSlam as Universal Champion.0comments
We can't expect WWE to audible off of Lesnar winning on Sunday just because of a negligent tweet. There is the chance that Barclays has no idea what they're talking about, but the fact they deleted the tweet is incriminating, to say the least. But, anything can happen in WWE so maybe there's still a plan that can re-insert surprise back into the match.
If we are moving to Lesnar/Strowman look for something within the Fatal 4-way to spark that fueled. And definitely, do not expect Strowman to be pinned. Spoiler or not, Sunday will be exciting.