LAST week reports surfaced that WWE is planning Brock Lesnar v Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania.
But is Rollins really the right man to challenge Brock Lesnar at the biggest show of the year?
SunSport runs down the potential challengers to Lesnar at Mania – and assesses which of them would make the best opponent for “The Beast”:
After years of trying to create a superstar monster, WWE finally had one – but fumbled him with dreary booking, worthless feuds, and a heel turn nobody wanted.
And Braun has already lost to Lesnar, in a singles match at No Mercy 2017 and in a head-scratching three-minute squash at Crown Jewel.
Now Braun is likely scheduled to challenge Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble – another guaranteed loss to “The Beast” that will only damage his once monstrous aura even more.
Verdict: WWE has missed its chance to make “The Monster Among Men” its top star.
“The Lunatic Fringe” has a new lease of life as a sneaky heel, but he’s on course to lose his current feud against Seth Rollins – hardly a way to push him into a topline championship program.
And Brock Lesnar has already proved that he thinks Dean Ambrose is beneath him following their disastrous match at WrestleMania 32.
(Lesnar looked bored throughout the entire match – motivation is always a problem for “The Beast” when he’s not on top of the card.)
Ambrose’s run as WWE Champion in 2016 was a bust and even after turning heel he’s still relying too much on wackiness to be taken seriously as a legit contender.
Verdict: At this stage in this career, Ambrose would be a poor challenger to Lesnar.
WRESTLEMANIA 35 – How can you be there?
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WWE’s annual showpiece WrestleMania takes place next year on April 7 from the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but when can you get tickets for it?
And what is the best way to get there from the UK?
In terms of pure in-ring storytelling, Bryan v Brock II would likely be the best possible match WWE could book for the WrestleMania main event.
They proved they’re a good fit at Survivor Series – and now there’s sufficient history to hook the fans.
If Brock Lesnar killed “the old Daniel Bryan” last time, what’s likely to happen in a follow-up
But unless WWE is planning on unifying the Universal and WWE titles at WrestleMania (which it isn’t) it’s unlikely the company will book a Raw champion v SmackDown champion match.
Verdict: We don’t care about the titles, make this match now.
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“The Scottish Psychopath” has dominated the competition since returning the Raw.
McIntyre’s push has been masterful – with his size, power, and intensity, he’s a main eventer-in-the-making.
He’s also yet to face Brock Lesnar. Brock v Drew is one of the few believable and fresh matches WWE could book at WrestleMania.
But is Drew a big enough supertars to headline Mania? WWE would need to put some serious work into cranking up his star power between now and then.
Verdict: An exciting match-up and we want to see Drew crowned champion. But it’s possible too soon for “The Scottish Psychopath”.
Finn was crowned the first ever Universal Champion at SummerSlam 2016 but was forced to vacate the title due to injury after just 24 hours.
Balor returning to reclaim the title was a ready-made story, but WWE have meandered with Balor and let him slip way down the card.
The promised of seeing “The Demon” v “The Beast” is fun but wouldn’t be a big enough draw on the Show of Shows.
It’s a shame, because Finn is more than capable of putting together a psychological thriller against Lesnar like we saw with Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series.
Verdict: If WWE had booked this when Finn first returned from injury, it would have worked. By now there’s no way fans would believe Balor can topple Lesnar.
As the Shawn Michaels of the modern era (if you don’t count the out-of-retirement, shiny-headed Shawn Michaels, of course) Rollins could an exciting match with a broomstick.
And there is unfinished business between the pair, after Rollins cashed-in to steal Brock’s title at Mania 31 and their return match at Battleground 2015 was crashed by The Undertaker.
Rollins is a great worker but he feels like the number one babyface on Raw by default after Roman Reigns’ heartbreaking exit.
Rollins hasn’t quite got the babyface heat to sell a must-see WrestleMania with Lesnar – but that could change heading into Mania if WWE is smart with its booking.
Verdict: It’s bound to be a good matchup but this feels like a “Plan B” scenario.
WWE teased a Batista v Triple H match when Evolution reunited on SmackDown 1000 – a plan that’s been put on the backburner after Trips torn his pectoral muscle at Crown Jewel.
If Batista is willing to return though, WWE needs to seize the opportunity. Since he last wrestled in 2014, Big Dave has become a major Hollywood star.
Brock v Batista would feel like a battle of the part-timers – something that has eaten up too much time on big shows over the past ten years.
But it’s also one of the biggest matches to never happen on the big stage – two of the defining Ruthless Aggression era stars finally colliding.
Verdict: Like it or not, this is the biggest match WWE could book for maximum mainstream attention. Unless The Rock fancies another comeback.
Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts reveals all about being conceived in rape and how he was molested as a child
WWE legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts has revealed all about how he was conceived in rape and molested as a child by his own stepmother.
The Hall of Famer shot to stardom during the wrestling boom of the late 1980s and early 90s but has been battling addictions to drink and drugs throughout his life.
Now 63, the Snake Man is finally overcoming his demons thanks to the friendship with former WCW world champion Diamond Dallas Page and yoga.
But Roberts, real name Aurelian Jake Smith Jr, briefly returned to his traumatic childhood in an explosive and open discussion.