Why Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns 2 at WrestleMania 34 could actually work
Every single man, woman and child within the WWE Universe knows that the plan for the WrestleMania 34 main event is Roman Reigns versus Brock Lesnar 2. If you’re in denial of that, then, first of all, we don’t blame you and second of all you’d better get used to the idea.
Ever since WM33 went off the air, it was apparent that this was the direction they were moving in, and if we’re being honest with ourselves, it hasn’t been well received.
The idea of The Big Dog reigning supreme for the third consecutive WrestleMania is something that strikes fear into the hearts of many, especially when you consider that the last time WM was in NOLA it was Daniel Bryan who was firmly cemented as being ‘the guy’.
Given the trajectory of both men, it's understandable to see why so many people don’t want to see this match happen, and to be honest, we aren’t all that keen on it either.
But instead of being negative nancys, we’re choosing to take Monty Python’s approach by always looking on the bright side of life. After all, many fans seem to have issues with their short-term memory given that the match these two had back in Santa Clara at WrestleMania 31 was absolutely fantastic.
Sure, the story of the night was Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase, but Brock and Roman were putting on an absolute barnstormer of a contest before The Architect intervened.
So, from the standpoint of people worrying about the match from a technical sense, they really don’t have a leg to stand on. In terms of the actual story, things are actually playing out quite nicely.
Brock has been dispatching of challenger after challenger ever since his big Universal title win in Orlando, and for the most part, the two men in question have actually been kept separate.
Sure, it’s not the greatest form of long-term booking, but at least there’s going to be some logical storytelling in play here. After all, Lesnar is being worn down bit by bit with each challenger taking something away from him after their brawls – kind of like when Harry Potter destroys all of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, in a twisted kind of way.
Roman’s re-association with The Shield has given WWE a second chance at getting him over as a babyface, and if his Intercontinental Championship triumph is anything to go by then it’s actually working out right now.
It seems obvious to suggest that Ambrose is going to turn on Rollins at some point, and if that actually transpires on television, it could have a direct effect on Roman’s character going forward.
After seeing everything around him crumble over the last few years, the reuniting of The Hounds of Justice is the one thing that has kept him level minded – so to see that collapse for the second time could wind up being the trigger that he needs.
Not only will he have renewed ammunition as a babyface, but if they want to, they could finally initiate the ‘Roman Reigns heel turn’ that we’ve been waiting so long for. Sure, it seems cliché to suggest that at this stage, but fans probably wouldn’t expect it this time around given how many opportunities they’ve had to do it in the past.
We aren’t fans of WWE’s techniques most of the time, especially given that they tend to use great wrestling to shadow over their poor booking skills, but in this instance, it could work out perfectly for them. With Brock’s contract coming to an end shortly after the show in New Orleans you could re-tell the story from WM20 that he feels ‘too big’ to be with the company again, and whether it be as a good guy or bad, Roman could be the man to send him packing for the last time.
There are many different avenues for this to succeed and while a dull match followed by Reigns winning clean is entirely possible, we can always hope for more.
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