Notes on Great Balls of Fire, SummerSlam, Braun Strowman’s Return, more

— According to Wrestling Observer Radio, the original plan for Great Balls of Fire was for Braun Strowman to challenge Brock Lesnar for the title and then at Summerslam, Lesnar would defend against either Seth Rollins or Finn Balor.

— With Strowman’s injury, the likely change will be that the two matches will now be reversed, meaning Rollins or Balor will face Lesnar at the July PPV and Strowman will be back to face him in August at Summerslam.

— As noted before, WWE’s timetable for Braun Strowman’s recovery is “up to six months” but that is a work according to Wrestling Observer Radio. He is expected to be ready in two months – with plenty of time to spare for Summerslam.

— The likely scenario is that WWE is trying to set the public expectation that Strowman will be gone for a long time, only for him to show up around mid-July, surprising everyone and setting up his match with Brock Lesnar.

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