The scheduled No. 1 contender’s match on Monday Night Raw ended in mayhem, as Braun Strowman stormed down to the ring, pulled a knocked out Samoa Joe out of the ring, then attacked Roman Reigns.
After Strowman decimated Reigns, he turned his attention to Joe, doing the same outside of the ring.
The move comes less than two weeks after an ambulance stunt shocked the Great Balls of Fire crowd:
Joe skyrocketed to the top of WWE’s Monday Night Raw, beating Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins in a Fatal 5-Way contest just months ago. He gave Brock Lesnar all he could handle at Great Balls of Fire, but couldn’t get the job done. He’s a former NXT champion, and has a successful track record on the indy scene.
Reigns is a former WWE champion, and may have retired the Undertaker, beating him at WrestleMania 33. Reigns hasn’t held a major title since June of last year, when he lost the main belt to Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank.
Strowman’s attack was seen from a mile away, and it saves Reigns and Joe’s credibility by neither taking a pinfall loss. It also opens room for a variety of different match options for SummerSlam, including the most likely — a Fatal 4-way between Strowman, Reigns, Joe and the champion, Brock Lesnar.
We should have more insight next week.