The initial plan for the inaugural Great Balls of Fire PPV consists of the main event between Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman. This would have marked the first title defence for the beast incarnate ever since winning the Universal championship. He has defeated Goldberg at Wrestlemania 33 to win it to become the fourth Universal title holder.
Now, no plans were disclosed of when or how Brock Lesnar will be defending the coveted title on a PPV. But, going by the looks of the storylines and a monstrous push reserved for Strowman, he was the biggest contender for the title. Even when Lesnar appeared on WWE Raw, the last time, he confronted the mountain among men.
The moment received a huge pop from the crowd pushing the creative for the match. But, Strowman fell victim to an unfortunate elbow injury sidelining him for a span of four to eight weeks. This kept his appearance at Extreme Rules and Great Balls of Fire PPV in serious jeopardy.
As per the recent reports, there’s no way that he is competing against Lesnar at the Raw-exclusive PPVs. Rather, a name between Finn Balor or Seth Rollins would take his spot against Lesnar.
But, considering the bout between Strowman and Lesnar will be a money match, the writers are keeping this one match intact. Cagesideseats.com reported that this match is being reserved for the Summerslam PPV. This would then turn out to be the main event of the biggest event of the summer.
The reports hint to the fact that Brock Lesnar will not lose to the title in near future. He will retain it against either Balor or Rollins at Great balls of Fire. He will also be favourite at Summerslam since Strowman is still not considered to be a championship material. So, chances are low him dropping the title against Strowman, as well.
Meanwhile, this injury will cost Strowman in a major way. He will miss a couple of mega-matches and TV time. However, he vowed to come back stronger than ever since he knows sooner or later he will get the opportunity to face the Universal champion, at one point.