WWE Announces Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns Official for SummerSlam
After tonight’s Undisputed WWE Championship bout between Roman Reigns and Riddle on SmackDown, Brock Lesnar has returned to the building. When Lesnar delivered an F5 to Reigns and The Usos, he made his intentions obvious, and now WWE has stated that Lesnar will have the opportunity to reclaim his WWE Championship when he confronts Reigns at SummerSlam. It won’t just be any match, though; WWE has stated that it will be a Last Man Standing battle, which will most likely be the show’s main event. The formal announcement can be found here.
Lesnar’s return makes a lot of sense because Randy Orton was supposed to be Reigns’ opponent at SummerSlam, but Orton is said to need back surgery and will be sidelined for the rest of the year if that’s the case. WWE needed someone else to replace Reigns as Reigns’ next challenger, and we now know who that person will be: Brock Lesnar.
Fightful Select also provided a few more information concerning Lesnar’s return that is worth noting. According to the article, after it became evident that Orton would not be ready to wrestle again anytime soon, a plan was put in place to bring Lesnar back. Backstage, rumors of his comeback began around 5 p.m. EST, but he wasn’t featured on any internal rundowns. The report also claims that Lesnar’s return plans were set in place roughly three weeks ago, which is after the inquiry began but before the Wall Street Journal story was published.
Lesnar and Reigns last faced off at WrestleMania 38, with Reigns claiming the WWE Championship for the first time. However, in terms of the Unified Titles, things haven’t gone entirely as intended since then. Reigns have a new deal that includes fewer appearances, and he hadn’t defended the title since his bout against Brock until tonight’s match versus Riddle. According to reports, the original goal was for the Unified Titles to put Reigns in more matches on both brands, but that hasn’t happened, and Reigns hasn’t even competed at Hell in a Cell recently.
Now it’s Reigns vs. Lesnar all over again, and it’ll be interesting to watch how WWE handles the storyline. Do they pick up on some of the Heyman strands again, or do they arm Lesnar with his own force to level the playing field? It can’t just be a replica of what they did previously, but I’m not complaining since I’m all for more Cowboy Brock.