After a hiatus that lasted two and a half months, Brock Lesnar made a shock return on the finish WWE SmackDown final week to arrange one other title match with Roman Reigns.
Following Reigns’ profitable title protection in opposition to Riddle within the present’s major occasion, The Tribal Chief grabbed a microphone and informed the Minneapolis, Minnesota crowd to acknowledge him. Lesnar then showed up unexpectedly and confronted Reigns, delivering an F5 to the champion earlier than rapidly combating off The Usos.
WWE later introduced that Lesnar and Reigns would rekindle their rivalry in a Final Man Standing match for the Undisputed WWE Common Championship on the July 30 SummerSlam 2022 pay-per-view. The present will run at Nissan Stadium (dwelling of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans) in Nashville, Tennessee.
Within the newest version of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Dave Meltzer supplied some notes behind WWE’s determination to have Lesnar problem Reigns once more. Meltzer beforehand reported that Randy Orton was initially the deliberate opponent for Reigns at SummerSlam.
However accidents to Orton and Cody Rhodes left WWE with few choices, Meltzer famous. He additionally defined that although SummerSlam could appear “manner too early” to run a rematch, Lesnar’s star energy in the end led to WWE operating one other match between him and Reigns:
“Following accidents to Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes, and blowing off Riddle on Smackdown, the WWE title image appeared empty once more, which led to the return of Brock Lesnar. On one hand, since Roman Reigns beat Lesnar in Saudi Arabia, after which beat him clear in a lackluster match at WrestleMania, you’d suppose SummerSlam is manner too early for a rematch.
Then again, Reigns and Lesnar are the one two individuals really pushed and guarded at PPV stage apart from the injured Rhodes, and it’s by far the largest match they will do within the SummerSlam title match.”
As beforehand famous, Orton will probably be out of motion long-term as he continues to deal with a back injury. There’s apparently worry inside WWE that he will not wrestle once more in 2022. Rhodes not too long ago underwent surgical procedure on a torn pectoral, and WWE announced that he’ll be out of motion for 9 months.
Reigns Is 3-2 Towards Lesnar
Lesnar gained the primary two singles bouts with Reigns, rising victorious at WrestleMania 34 and The Best Royal Rumble. Nevertheless, Reigns responded with three consecutive victories: SummerSlam 2018, Crown Jewel 2021 and naturally the WrestleMania 38 major occasion. A victory for Lesnar would even the all-time head-to-head sequence. Solely time will inform if he can resolve his Kryptonite in Nashville.
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