Brock Lesnar, on what was supposedly his last night in the WWE, beat Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 34 last night at the SuperDome in New Orleans to retain the WWE Universal Championship.
You read that correctly. Lesnar won.
What this means is all still up in the air. Dana White has been telling every media outlet that will listen over the last few weeks that Lesnar was about to re-sign with the UFC and could potentially challenge for the UFC Heavyweight Title in one of his first fights.
Did Lesnar re-sign with WWE? According to reports, Lesnar wanted a long-term deal from the WWE, or nothing. Maybe Vince McMahon came around at the last moment.
Or, did the finish of the Lesnar-Reigns match get changed in the ring? If you watched WrestleMania, you know that the 80,000 people in attendance completely rejected the match. Fans were playing with beachballs, chanting “Boring!” and “This is awful!” at Reigns and Lesnar.
The match actually was quite good. The problem is Reigns’ character, and WWE’s insistence on pushing him to the moon. The fans rejected a babyface Roman Reigns years ago, and WWE never pivoted. They’re paying for that mistake now.
It’s hard not to feel bad for Reigns, the person. He pours his heart and soul into his career and night after night, week after week, WrestleMania after WrestleMania, the fans reject him. It’s easy not to feel sympathy with the Reigns character, but what did Reigns, the person, do wrong? Nothing. He’s the victim of Vince McMahon’s stubbornness.
For Lesnar, it’s still possible he leaves the company. WWE could have easily, I would think, work out a one-day extension on his contract and have him drop the Universal Title to someone on Raw tonight.
Or, it could mean that Lesnar, who has held the championship for more than a year, continues to be a part-time champion (another notion that fans seem to reject).
The Raw after WrestleMania is traditionally the biggest Raw of the year. Hopefully, we get some answers tonight.