Editors' Choice: Which Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way competitor has the best chance to beat Brock Lesnar?
Someone’s going to Suplex City. At WWE Extreme Rules, Roman Reigns, Finn Bálor, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe will clash in an anything-goes Fatal 5-Way to determine who will be the first Superstar to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. But which of these prospective Conqueror-conquerors actually has the best chance to relieve The Beast of his crown jewel? WWE.com editors have a few ideas.
Bray Wyatt holds an edge over Universal Champion Brock Lesnar that no other Superstar in WWE can assert: A force that, at times, seems downright otherworldly. Wyatt’s rare combination of size and speed makes him a potent challenger to The Beast Incarnate on its own merit. Yet, when you consider the almost-supernatural energy that buoys Wyatt in battle against WWE’s elite, it becomes clear that The Eater of Worlds carries a metaphysical strength that even Finn Bálor can’t match in full-on Demon King mode. If Wyatt so chooses to tap into the darkest reaches of his midnight-black heart, there’s no guarantee that Lesnar, despite his freakish athleticism, could overcome The New Face of Fear. — JOHN CLAPP
Seth Rollins can make a claim that few Superstars can: He has been in the ring with Brock Lesnar and survived. Rollins clashed with The Beast on three occasions in 2015, winning the WWE Championship in one and hanging onto it in another.
Should Rollins walk away victorious at WWE Extreme Rules, Lesnar won’t be facing the same Superstar he took on two years ago. The Beast Incarnate will be in the ring with a more experienced Architect, a redesigned, rebuilt Kingslayer who has been through Hell to return to the Universal Championship picture. Having fought back from two debilitating knee injuries to get to where he is today, the only thing left for Rollins to do is stare down Brock Lesnar and reclaim championship glory. — BOBBY MELOK
If we’re just being blunt, there are only a handful of people in the universe, WWE or otherwise, who can bring the fight to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Samoa Joe is one of those select few.
The Samoan Submission Machine has all the attributes needed to not only go blow-for-blow with The Beast, but to ultimately conquer him. Size, strength, quickness, freakish athletic ability … all of the astonishing traits that Lesnar possesses, Joe does as well. There’s a reason this contest has been a dream match for multiple years now: Because these two Superstars would beat the living Hell out of each other.
Of course, assuming Joe can secure No. 1 Contendership in the Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way Match is a discussion in and of itself. Make no mistake, though – neither that potential win, nor one against The Anomaly, should be considered a longshot. We can certainly assure you, Joe sees them as anything but. — RYAN PAPPOLLA
Not only could Roman Reigns conquer Brock Lesnar, but he nearly accomplished that feat at WrestleMania 31. Were it not for Seth Rollins’ opportunistic Money in the Bank cash-in, The Big Dog might have ended The Beast Incarnate’s WWE Championship reign on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Fast-forward two years, and Reigns has put the unstoppable Braun Strowman on the shelf for up to six months — essentially clearing a path to the Universal Championship — and he aims to topple yet another goliath to finally ascend to the Team Red mountaintop. Assuming he can outlast four other elite Raw Superstars in the historic Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way Match on Sunday, June 4, can The Big Dog take down The Anomaly and capture the Universal Title? To steal Reigns’ oft-used Twitter catchphrase, #AhhhYessir. –JAMES WORTMAN
Before the bell even rings at WWE Extreme Rules, Finn Bálor has an odd leg up on the rest of his opponents: Paul Heyman wants him to win. We’re not sure why. Heyman may be “intrigued” by the idea of Bálor facing off against The Beast Incarnate — join the club, no pun intended — but his promoter’s eye for an unbelievable match might be edging out what should otherwise be deafening alarm bells. True, Lesnar is an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter, but Bálor is a product of the Japanese dojos, which are really just a small step down from the Octagon, anyway. Not only can his strong-style strikes and knees pack just as much power as Lesnar’s when deployed correctly, but Bálor harbors a low-key mean streak that’s entirely as nasty as anything percolating in Lesnar’s head. In other words, Heyman should be careful what he wishes for. He just might get it. — ANTHONY BENIGNO