After a lengthy and underwhelming run as Universal Champion, Braun Strowman's victory on Sunday night suggests the countdown is officially on until Brock Lesnar drops his title.
It was initially thought that The Beast would be losing Monday Night RAW's biggest prize to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34. That major swerve then took us to the Middle East as, once again, Vince McMahon had another surprise in store for fans as Lesnar defeated The Big Dog at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
MONEY IN THE BANK
After only taking on a handful of challengers, it's clear as to why the WWE Universe can't wait for a new champion to emerge on the red brand and once Lesnar departs, it also means newer contenders can finally appear too.
Although the odds suggested it could be The Miz taking home the briefcase at one stage, another favourite in The Monster Among Men bulldozed his way to victory in Chicago and has all but confirmed that he's going to be the Universal Champion at some point within the next year.
With doubts over Lesnar's SummerSlam status - as well as the fact that he hasn't been announced for WWE's Super Show-Down in Australia - it suggests that the championship will be changing hands soon.
Now, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has revealed when that cash-in by Strowman could take place; and it's sooner than fans might think.
Speaking on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer has claimed that a source previously discussed the matter with him, and following the outcome, it suggests that Reigns will defeat Lesnar in Brooklyn to become the new Universal Champion.
Only for Strowman to then cash-in.
According to NoDQ, he said: "So I had a conversation with somebody a couple weeks ago, and it was about Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, and they didn’t say this, but now when I look back, and Braun Strowman won, it was kind of hinted.
“Obviously, this thing has been planned for a while where you know something’s going down at SummerSlam, and I think that the idea is they want you to believe Braun is winning the title and maybe he is. Maybe like Roman beats Brock and then Braun cashes in on Roman right away, I mean they could do it.
“But something along those lines because Roman does have to beat Brock Lesnar before he leaves. Because he’s lost so many times that he’s got to do it but if they end the show with Roman winning people are going to freak out, it’s New York it’s just going to be an ugly scene.
"If they end the show with Braun winning, with Brock losing so he’s out of the picture but Roman Reigns winning but losing in the same night it will be an incredibly happy ending it will be so satisfying I mean they could do that too.”
We've seen something similar happen before, where Reigns claimed the vacant WWE Championship at last, only for Sheamus to cash in and steal the limelight.
It does seem like it would be a win-win situation, too.
Reigns finally gets the win over Lesnar, but Strowman leaves as the new champion to usher RAW into a new era.
What do you make of the possibility that Braun Strowman will cash in his Money in the Bank contract at SummerSlam? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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