Even though Samoa Joe won the fatal five-way match at Extreme Rules to become the number-one contender for Brock Lesnar’s universal title at Great Balls Of Fire; there is a reason to believe that this decision should have a long-term adverse effect on the company. Over the past five months, the WWE has portrayed Samoa Joe as a hired gun for the McMahon family because he believed that Triple H was the only person who was willing to give him an opportunity in the company. As a result of this, Joe decided to pledge his loyalty to HHH and follow his orders at all times. A perfect example of this is when Seth Rollins was about to fight Triple H for the first time since he screwed him out of the universal title, Joe came from behind and attacked Seth for Triple H.
However, during the assault, Joe injured Seth’s knee as he was putting him in the Coquina Clutch submission hold. In fact, the Coquina Clutch mishap prevented Rollins from participating in a match for about eight weeks as he sustained a torn MCL. Due to this, Joe didn’t get the opportunity to complete his first job for the McMahon family of eliminating Rollins once and for all. As a result, the company decided to create a feud between Joe and Rollins where Seth would look to get revenge on Joe for the knee injury; and Joe would get the opportunity to complete the job. However, over the past two months, Joe hasn’t been able to get the job done as he repeatedly attacks Rollins during Raw matches but can’t pick up a win against him on pay per view.
Therefore, the WWE has to find a way to explain why Joe will be ok with putting his unfinished business with Seth Rollins on the backburner to go and face Lesnar. As a result, I hope the company sets up a backstage segment where Rollins is being interviewed for a match, and Joe attacks him, which leads to Seth being out of action for a couple of weeks. The following week Joe cuts a promo saying I attacked Rollins to make sure that he doesn’t get involved in my match with Lesnar. Although his idea will not go according to plan as Rollins will show up and cost him the match; leading to a final fight between Joe and Rollins at Summerslam. However, this type of booking will affect Lesnar’s next feud with Bruan Strowman because he is currently scheduled to win the fight since the company wants Lesnar to hold the title until Wrestlemania. In fact, according to the Wrestling Observer, “WWE is planning to have Lesnar and Reigns clash for the Universal Championship at next year’s WrestleMania in New Orleans.” As a result, how is Lesnar supposed to beat the monstrous heel Bruan Strowman on his own when Seth Rollins is going to help him beat Joe. On the other hand, if the company decides to have Lesnar demolish Joe how does the company realistic set up Rollins versus Joe.
In conclusion, this match will have adverse effects on multiple characters within the organization.