At WrestleMania 38, Universal Champion Roman Reigns and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will fight for the third time at The Show of Shows. The two fierce rivals will be in the headlines for Night 2 of The Showcase of Immortals in a Winner Takes All Match for the WWE and Universal title.
Like two dreadful athletes in sports, a fierce and violent game is a guarantee. However, since Reigns and Lesnar were two of WWE’s most protected stars, predicting the outcome is difficult. Head of the Table has not been pinned since his return in August 2020, and Beast Incarnate has a similar record of loss.
The Wise Man Paul Heyman would bet his money on The Tribal Chief, which is probably an invincible and unstoppable force in the modern era of pro wrestling. However, all good things must come to an end, and the same principle applies to Reigns’ record-breaking run at the Universal Championship.
Although Brock Lesnar may not be the ideal man to end the reign of the Head Of The Table, a number of factors have led WWE to book this decision.
Give Happy Ending To WrestleMania 38
The Biggest Stage is an entertaining event, which hosts some of the most memorable sports entertainment moments. Think back to the emotional WWE Championship win of Kofi Kingston at WrestleMania 35 and Daniel Bryan’s “Miracle on Bourbon Street” at WrestleMania 30. The lively crowd naturally responds with such excitement, making ‘Mania a great spectacle.
WWE may want to end the Showcase of Immortals on an exciting note to re-create another such moment. Unlike their previous encounter in ‘Mania, Lesnar enters the war as a hero in the storyline. So, in order to build a positive reaction from the crowd and complete the big event at the top, Lesnar will have to leave the AT&T Stadium as a Combined World Champion and WWE Universal Champion.
In addition, the need to satisfy the live crowd is high this year due to the last two events in Mania. Last year, Reigns became the last man standing, much to the annoyance of his audience. While Drew McIntyre killed Lesnar to close WrestleMania 36, the absence of the WWE Universe had a huge impact on the perception of the season.
Difficulty in finding opponent for Roman after WrestleMania 38
The head of the Table held the Universal title for over 550 days. During this time, Reigns proved to be one of the foremost heroes of modern times.
The list of Reigns victims is long: Edge, Goldberg, Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, and even his cousin Jey Uso, once faced the wrath of the Universal Champion. As Roman defeated all who came, there were not many plausible opponents left at the Head of the Table.
Experts point to Drew McIntyre as a potential Reigns rival after WrestleMania, but that is still a long way off when the list is out. The Superstar Shake-Up and the integration of world titles should rejuvenate the situation, but that would not open up many opportunities.
On the contrary, Lesnar’s becoming a World Cup champion in WrestleMania will provide opportunities. Riddle, Bobby Lashley, McIntyre, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, and Austin Theory are some of the men who can go up to The Beast.
Brock Lesnar may move the needle in the post-WrestleMania 38
Fans’ interest tends to diminish after WrestleMania week because the hot news reaches a climax at the event. Real-injection stimuli often fade backwards in silence.
Although still a temporary member, Beast Incarnate has launched a regular program in recent months. Lesnar competed in the last three Network Specials: WWE Day 1, Royal Rumble, and Elimination Chamber. In addition, Vince McMahon favourite wrestler may not be a temporary WWE Champion. Therefore, it is possible that Lesnar will not soon disappear from the light behind WrestleMania 38.
Continue the feud between Brock and Roman
The WWE Unified Champion will feature both RAW and SmackDown. WWE turns to Lesnar when viewerships are low. Therefore, in order to maintain the interest of the fans and to move the needle, WWE creative managers may be tempted to place a large star in the light.
Although the Showcase of Immortals marks the culmination of WWE’s big news, it will happen again in the coming months. For example, Bobby Lashley and McIntyre fought many times after their first meeting at WrestleMania 37.
WWE has put so much time on Lesnar and Reigns news lists that there may be a tendency to extend the program for a long time. In addition, initial reports have suggested a trilogy, but WrestleMania 38 will mark a second in their current program. Therefore, a future game can take place in Hell in a Cell to find the undisputed winner.
If the Beast Incarnate defeats Roman, chances are that the longest reigning Universal Champion will use his rematch clause. However, if the Reigns win, there is no valid reason to continue competing as fans lose interest. WWE is yet to explore many aspects of this competition, e.g., Usos’ loyalty to Reigns and flexibility of the heel surface. Extension of the program will help to explore these opportunities.
WWE can turn Roman Reigns into babyface
Seven years ago or more, Vince McMahon had one goal: to make Roman Reigns the face of the company at the level of John Cena and The Rock. While he may be a valuable asset and a high-profile star, Top Dog should be a babyface, hero, or anti-hero expected to produce a positive reaction from the crowd.
In the meantime, Reigns may be the most disgusting character on WWE TV. However, that could change soon, and WWE could lay the groundwork for this change in WrestleMania 38. Power-that-may be looking to make a double turn in the main event of the big event, when Lesnar turns the heel and reigns. face.
Paul Heyman is important in this situation. He has shown that loyalty to both rivals is temporary, and he may choose to side with The Beast and WrestleMania. Other ways to book an opportunity would be for Lesnar to use subtle tactics, such as low-level strikes, to win over his opponent.