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Opinion: Why Brock Lesnar retained his Universal Championship at WrestleMania

Gary Cassidy
21.91K   //    09 Apr 2018, 21:43 IST

Brock shocked
Brock shocked the world last night

Well, it looked like being the most predictable match of the night at WrestleMania - but WWE swerved us all.

Aside from the obvious reasoning of shocking the crowd with the unexpected, I think there could be more to why the main event went down the way it did.

With the speculation around Brock Lesnar's imminent departure and Roman Reigns main eventing WrestleMania again, a Reigns win was a foregone conclusion. And after kicking out of six F5s, surely nothing could put down The Big Dog.

But WWE shocked the world. Lesnar won to leave the crowd silent in New Orleans yet again - in the same building in which The Beast ended Undertaker's WrestleMania streak.

So the big question is, why?

Well, personally, I think WWE are keeping the title on Brock with the hope of him staying in WWE to break CM Punk's record of being the longest reigning WWE Championship holder over the past 25 plus years.

Now, Brock Lesnar could easily relinquish the Universal Championship at any given notice and leave to go to UFC but, for whatever reason, WWE decided not to have Roman Reigns go over on The Beast.

I think Roman Reigns' chance at the title is gone - and I think Lesnar has one last feud in him. A loss to Lesnar hurts no-one, specifically not Roman Reigns. The man could hold any title at any time and it's believable.

But who's next for Lesnar? Pardon the pun, it ain't Goldberg again.

One man rumoured to come back to WWE very soon is Bobby Lashley. Now, these two MMA legends would be a dream match for many, and Lashley's made no bones about wanting to return to WWE to face off against the former UFC man.

Could we see Bellator vs UFC in the WWE?

It's rumoured that Brock Lesnar's earliest return match for UFC would be in September, and while his contract is apparently already up, maybe an extension to go up against Bobby Lashley would entice The Beast Incarnate to stay in WWE until he can return to UFC. It would definitely hype up Lesnar's return to the Octagon as well.

Now, there is one more dream match WWE could easily capitalise, although it does seem unlikely after last night.

Could The Rocksta
Could The Rockstar challenge the Beast?

While he may have lost to AJ Styles last night, before turning on The Phenomenal One after the match, no-one would throw a flag on Nakamura challenging AJ Styles.

I mean, Nakamura did win the Royal Rumble and had a choice between the two, but a switch to Raw would be huge news and Nakamura vs Brock Lesnar is another dream match that's only been seen in Japan - as you can see below.

Of course, the end of last night's match between Nakamura and Styles signalled that we haven't seen the end of that story just yet, particularly with a new dynamic being added with the post-match brutality, so I think Lashley may be the most probable choice.

Either way, I think both are incredible options and, if Brock Lesnar stays in WWE, I'd be all-in for either man challenging The Beast!

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Gary Cassidy
Gary Cassidy is a freelance journalist from Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in professional wrestling with Sportskeeda. Gary has ten years' writing experience and a 2:1 Honours degree, and is also a subtitler working on both live and prerecorded broadcast for television channels across the UK, USA and Australia.
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