Roman Reigns’ final showdown with Brock Lesnar was a frenzied spectacle befitting their legendary rivalry. After an absolutely banana Last Man Standing match – in which a botched cash-in by Theory, Paul Heyman F5 went through a table and the entire ring was scooped up by a giant tractor – Reigns buried Lesnar under the announcer’s table and steel steps to to be the Last Man Standing and retain his WWE Universal Championship.
Halfway through Lesnar’s entrance, he started back up the slope. He put on his country flannel and cowboy hat, then got into a giant tractor and drove it to the ring. Lesnar introduced himself from the top of the tractor and started the match by jumping on Reigns from the top of it. Incredible scenes.
Lesnar and Reigns immediately started fighting on the outside, going through the crowd and on part of the stadium’s staging. On the way back to the ring, Lesnar set up a table where, after a distraction from Paul Heyman, Reigns Samoan dropped him. That cut Lesnar’s back, which began to bleed. Reigns then set up another table and knocked Lesnar through with a Uranage.
In the ring, Reigns hit two Superman punches and a large Spear – the first of many Spears of the night – but that didn’t stop Lesnar for long. Lesnar made his comeback, which after a few hard knocks outside meant putting Reigns in the front loader of the tractor and dumping him in the ring. Again: unbelievable. After a few German suplexes, Lesnar lands an F5, but Reigns gets up at 9am.
Lesnar tried another F5, but Reigns countered in a Guillotine. Lesnar took out and locked up his own guillotine, which made Reigns faint for a moment. Lesnar got another nine count.
In perhaps the greatest moment of their illustrious feud, Lesnar got back into the tractor and repeatedly rammed into the ring. He then used the tractor to scoop up the ring, causing Reigns to fall down as if the ring were a steep slide. It was amazing.
The Usos hit ringside, but Lesnar quickly threw both away with Belly to Belly suplexing at the ring. Paul Heyman intervened again, so Lesnar F5’d him through a freaking table. Reigns then shot a distracted Lesnar with a spear.
Theory’s music picked up and he ran to the ring and knocked on Reigns with the Money in the Bank briefcase. However, before he could officially cash it in, Lesnar F5 had it put on the briefcase. The Uso’s then clocks Lesnar with a double Superkick and Reigns lands a large Spear for another 9 counts. Reigns grabbed Theory’s briefcase and smashed Lesnar with it for another 9. Reigns took the WWE Championship and smashed Lesnar with it — another 9 count.
Finally, Reigns gets the Universal Championship and hits Lesnar with it. Then, while the referee is still counting, he and The Usos pile the announcer’s table scraps and steel steps on top of Lesnar. Buried beneath it all, Lesnar couldn’t make it to the count.
It didn’t make sense for the referee to keep counting as Reigns and the Usos kept dumping stuff on Lesnar, but hey, I have to keep The Beast in check somehow. Reigns did a fantastic job in this last piece — every time he took Lesnar down, he sold like he was terrified that Lesnar would rise again. Great drama, great match.
Rating: 4.75 stars. The WrestleMania 38 main event match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar was disappointing. So it’s a good thing these two have this match at SummerSlam. It is arguably their best, and certainly the most spectacular.
Reigns and Lesnar have had an incredible rivalry for the past seven years – the best we can say about this match is that it was a fitting end to what will undoubtedly be one of the most celebrated WWE rivalries ever.