Brock Lesnar won the Universal Championship for the second time by crushing Braun Strowman at WWE Crown Jewel.
Many fans thought the event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia would mark the coronation of Strowman as the top man on Monday Night Raw.
That view was cemented by ex-UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock being out of contract, with his sights set on a return to the Octagon.
But the opposite was true, as former champion Lesnar crushed Braun in a one-sided battle at the King Saud University Stadium.
The Monster Among Men was protected by the booking of the bout – as he was ambushed by acting Raw general manager Baron Corbin.
After suffering a couple of running powerslams at the hands of Strowman this past Monday, The Lone Wolf exacted his revenge.
He drilled Strowman with the Universal Championship title belt before the bell even rang, knocking the behemoth down to the canvas.
As the match got underway, Lesnar immediately hit his F5 finisher on Braun, who kicked out, then got a shoulder up after a second.
Michael Cole on commentary repeatedly told the audience that no-one kicks out of an F5 – let alone two – but Braun survived a third.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the last time Lesnar and Strowman met, at No Mercy last year, it took just one F5 for Brock to get the win.
However, we’ve since had the ridiculous scenario of Roman Reigns kicking out of the finisher SIX TIMES at WrestleMania 34 in April.
The Beast Incarnate then performed a modified version of the move to send his opponent flying over the top rope and crashing to the outside.
Strowman returned to the ring, avoiding a count-out, which would have cost him his chance at the title, as there was no defending champion.
Lesnar took his gloves off and went for another F5, but Strowman briefly rallied with a kick to the face, before a fifth F5 ended his night.
So, just months before he looks set to return to the Octagon to challenge UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, Brock is back on top in WWE.
The part-timer will first face AJ Styles in a non-championship bout at Survivor Series on November 18 – a rematch of their acclaimed bout last year.
That was narrowly won by Lesnar – can he repeat the trick by defeating SmackDown’s longest-reigning WWE Champion for a second year in a row?
Either way, it now seems a distinct possibility that Brock could be wearing WWE’s big red belt when he tries to dethrone Cormier at UFC 233 in January.
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