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Brock Lesnar doesn’t have to crush the winner of the Fatal 5Way, you know

Thursday’s Rude Awakening looks at a result other than Brock just wrecking house, Rocky Romero on connecting with fans, and saying goodbye to Ciampa (for now).

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The buildup to who is facing Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire is good and all, but the assumption seems to be that Brock is just going to Brock all over whoever it is anyway: it’s basically just a placeholder until Braun Strowman can take on Lesnar as was planned before the big(ger) man’s injury. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! While it’s likely that (spoilers, probably) the rumor about this is true — that the winner of the Fatal 5Way at Extreme Rules is in for a short feud against Lesnar — it doesn’t have to be a losing one.

Let’s say Finn Balor wins the Fatal 5Way this Sunday. He gets his feud against Brock Lesnar, which will heavily be focused on how a 5-foot-11, 190-pound dude isn’t going to even register on Lesnar’s radar in a match, never mind actually defeat him. WWE should lean into that feeling, though, and have Finn shock Lesnar with his speed and agility and a whole lot of hard kicks to keep things relatively even.

Hey, Randy Orton and the RKO got close enough to hurting Lesnar at SummerSlam 2016 that Brock split his head open to put a stop to it, and Goldberg just downed Lesnar multiple times, so it’s not like Lesnar is completely invulnerable to top faces. Let Finn in on this.

The key is that the match doesn’t need an actual finish. Let Finn and Lesnar fight long enough for everyone to believe that wow, Finn actually does seem to have a chance against this monster. Then, assuming he’s able to return at this point, have Strowman interfere to attack Lesnar, who he has already publicly singled out as his post-Roman Reigns target. And since Strowman defeated Reigns last they met and some time has passed, they can move on from that feud, anyway.

Finn doesn’t get pinned, Lesnar doesn’t lose to Balor before his huge matchup with Braun, and we get to save the conclusion of Balor vs. Brock, Demon vs. Beast, for another day. That’s a great use of all three that give you plenty to work with down the line, which is what you want out of an inconclusive finish.

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