|Roman Reigns makes his case
By Kevin Hunsperger
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I've had to catch Raw highlights online due to a pet rabbit gnawing away at the cord to the DirecTV adapter. Watching the segment with the five Superstars laying claim to who should be the number one contender got me to thinking. Roman Reigns was first to state his case to General Manager Kurt Angle and may have the best argument for being the number one contender (More on that in a moment).
|Finn Balor flies
WWE has spent the last few years turning Brock Lesnar into a monster. There was that little hiccup against Goldberg, but that notwithstanding, it's hard to find someone able to unseat the Universal Champion. I like Finn Balor a lot and think he will get a run once again with the gold, but I just don't see him being able to conquer someone the size of Lesnar. Lesnar had trashed the Big Show, Undertaker and John Cena in the same calendar year. I know I've said before size shouldn't (and doesn't) matter, but I just can't see Balor-Lesnar being anything short of a one-sided massacre at this point.
I like all five contenders booked for the match at Extreme Rules. If I had to pick the one I want to see win the challenge the most, it would be Samoa Joe. He's got a decent chance against Lesnar, but I'd rather them give him a little more time finding his place on the main roster and save Joe-Lesnar for WrestleMania 34.
Bray Wyatt, although a recent WWE Champion, doesn't seem viable in ending Lesnar's reign of terror, especially considering Orton beat Bray and Lesnar destroyed Orton a few months ago at SummerSlam. Seth Rollins is great, but I just don't see him getting another run with the belt just yet either. While Reigns has had more than enough time with the main event picture and championship runs, he appears to be the most groomed and prepared for an encounter with Lesnar.
|Reigns at WrestleMania
Reigns made several valid points during his pitch to Angle. He did (seemingly) retire the Undertaker at WrestleMania. And right now I believe him when he says he's the only guy who can beat Brock Lesnar. However, as mentioned, I'd rather see Reigns-Lesnar at SummerSlam and Lesnar-Joe at Mania. But I can also see Braun Strowman getting involved somewhere down the line when he's back from his surgery. No matter what though championship win by Reigns should include a full fledge turn and that could be the set up for him and Balor down the road. They're 50/50 against each other now...
No matter what you think of the current product, it's hard to deny things are very, very interesting in the championship picture right now. I'm excited to see what happens at Extreme Rules.