Last Friday at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view, history was made as Brock Lesnar once again captured the Universal Championship. This was after the unfortunate and tragic news that Roman Reigns had to surrender the championship, due to the return of leukemia that was put into remission over 10 years ago.
However, Lesnar didn’t just defeat Strowman; he basically squashed him. After acting General Manager Baron Corbin blasted Strowman in the back of the head with the title, The Beast would proceed to give The Monster four F-5s to secure the title.
Naturally, the internet did not respond kindly to this and couldn’t believe that Vince McMahon would once again put the title back on a part-timer, which has been the case for the almost year-and-a-half that Lesnar has been champion. As much as it pains me to say it, I actually agree with everyone this time.
And this agreement has led me to one conclusion:
In my opinion, Vince McMahon doesn’t believe that any superstar on Raw is capable of being the face of the brand.
For years, Roman Reigns was being groomed to be the face of the company. And to be fair, he has the look, mic skills, ring ability and wrestling heritage to carry the company forward for the next 10 years.
Obviously, this now can’t happen, as Reigns now has serious health issues to deal with. As a result, McMahon panicked and put the title back on Lesnar, who, as a part-time, will be seen as the head superstar on Raw.
To me, this makes absolutely no sense. I get that there was a mystique about Lesnar when he was in his 500+ day run as the Universal Champion the last time that he held it. However, I feel that the mystique has dissipated and quite frankly, many fans don’t want to see it anymore.
Now, to be fair, I do still believe that Lesnar is a draw; I wrote about that in a previous piece.
But, come on. You’re telling me that guys like Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose, Drew McIntyre and a host of others can’t be the face of Monday Night Raw? You’ve got to be kidding me.
Heck, if Vince doesn’t feel like he has anyone on Raw, send Daniel Bryan, Rusev or The Miz over to the Red Brand and let them be the face of it.
I like Brock Lesnar. He has a sense of realism to him that is unparalleled in the world of sports entertainment. But, Vince McMahon putting the Universal Championship back on Lesnar is sending a message to the roster that he doesn’t feel like anyone besides Roman Reigns has the potential to be the face of his company.
And that, my friends, is bad for business.
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