Roman Reigns has been reigning supreme since he won the Universal Championship almost two years ago. He defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38 to unify the world titles and become the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. The Head of the Table will face The Beast Incarnate yet again at SummerSlam in a Last Man Standing match.
Fans believed that the long rivalry between the two men had come to an end after their clash at WrestleMania. However, with Randy Orton being out of action with a back injury, WWE has changed its plans for SummerSlam. Lesnar returned on SmackDown last week and attacked Reigns and The Usos after the Head of the Table defeated Riddle. In doing so, he set up a rematch between the powerhouses.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that the decision to go ahead with Reigns vs. Lesnar was made for two primary reasons. Injuries to top stars like Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes impacted WWE's depth of top talent. As a result, Lesnar was the only credible superstar they had left for a major match against Reigns.
''Following injuries to Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes, and blowing off Riddle on Smackdown, the WWE title picture looked empty again, which led to the return of Brock Lesnar,'' said Meltzer.
Meltzer also noted that, other than Rhodes, Lesnar and Reigns are the only two stars who are pushed at the megastar level, so a clash between the two was the biggest clash possible.
''On the other hand, Reigns and Lesnar are the only two people truly pushed and protected at PPV level with the exception of the injured Rhodes, and it’s by far the biggest match they can do in the SummerSlam title match,'' he added
Will Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar be different this time?
Though WWE going back to Lesnar vs. Reigns is already being criticized, Meltzer pointed out that the angle has done great in streaming numbers. Plus, former WCW President Eric Bischoff recently explained on his podcast why he believes another match between Reigns and Lesnar is not a bad idea.
He explained that while the two men have clashed multiple times before, Lesnar is a completely new character. He debuted this new "Cowboy" gimmick last year and has faced Roman Reigns twice since then, once in Saudi Arabia and again at WrestleMania.
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