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Samoa Joe lost to Brock Lesnar, but WWE isn’t done pushing him yet

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Tuesday’s Rude Awakening looks at Samoa Joe’s rise to the main event, Alexa Bliss on “This Is Your Life,” and Stone Cold wishing WCW still existed.

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Brock Lesnar might have won his Universal Championship defense against Samoa Joe a Great Balls of Fire, but it was pretty clear from how he won — with a last-ditch-effort F-5 — that he barely made it out of that match with his title. On Monday’s RAW, Samoa Joe emphasized that fact, saying that Brock didn’t beat Joe, he “escaped” him. This happened during a segment where Joe, despite being in the ring with both Lesnar and Roman Reigns, came off as the baddest, most intimidating force to the point that both felt they needed to respond with the potential for violence.

WWE isn’t done pushing Joe just because he lost to Lesnar. He’s got a match against Reigns next Monday to determine the next number one contender for the Universal title, and that wrestler will take on Lesnar at one of WWE’s marquee events, SummerSlam. Even more importantly, Joe has a match he could win against Reigns next Monday — and that’s true whether or not Braun Strowman shows up to interfere and get revenge on Reigns for crashing an ambulance with him in it on Sunday.

Will Joe win, though? It’s impossible to say he will or will not for sure. He could defeat Reigns, giving us Lesnar vs. Joe II at SummerSlam, and given the way this story is being told, that could even end with Lesnar failing to escape Samoan Joseph this time. Reigns could pick up his first victory against Joe, giving him the nod against Brock at SummerSlam and giving us the long-awaited Roman vs. Brock II, the sequel to their excellent WrestleMania 31 bout. There’s no shame in losing to Reigns, though, and just getting the chance to face him means you’re in a good place.

Or, Strowman could show up, wreck both Reigns and Joe, and then we have ourselves a four-way dance for SummerSlam. Or, at the least, the question of who takes on Brock will remain unanswered for a little longer.

Regardless of which way it goes, WWE isn’t done pushing Samoa Joe yet, and given the fact that Joe has been the man since he was elevated within the main roster, that’s a good thing.