Roman Reigns’ latest clash with Brock Lesnar was an insane spectacle that suited their storied rivalry. After an absolutely banana Last Man Standing match – which saw a failed cash-in by Theory, Paul Heyman F5’d through a table and the whole ring being picked up by a giant tractor – Reigns buried Lesnar under the announcer’s table and the steel steps to be the last man standing and retain his WWE Universal Championship.
Halfway to Lesnar’s entrance, he started back up the ramp. He put on his farmer’s flannel and his cowboy hat, then climbed into a gigantic tractor which he drove to the ring. Lesnar introduced himself from the top of the tractor, then started the match by jumping from the top of it onto Reigns. Incredible scenes.
Lesnar and Reigns immediately began brawling outside, running through the crowd and onto part of the stadium staging. On the way back to the ring, Lesnar set up a table which, after a distraction from Paul Heyman, Reigns Samoan dropped him. This cut Lesnar’s back, which began to bleed. Reigns then set up another table and slammed Lesnar through it with an Uranage.
Inside the ring, Reigns landed two punches from Superman and a big spear — the first of many spears of the night — but it didn’t hold Lesnar for long. Lesnar made his comeback, which after a few gnarly snaps on the outside involved putting Reigns in the tractor’s front loader and throwing him into the ring. Again: Incredible. After a few German suplexes, Lesnar lands an F5, but Reigns gets up at 9.
Lesnar attempted another F5, but Reigns responded with a guillotine. Lesnar shut himself down and locked in his own guillotine, from which Reigns briefly passed out. Lesnar got another 9 count.
In perhaps the biggest moment of their illustrious feud, Lesnar got back into the tractor and repeatedly rammed it into the ring. He then used the tractor to pick up the ring, knocking Reigns down as if the ring was a steep slide. It was amazing.
The Usos hit the ring, but Lesnar quickly got rid of both with Belly to Belly ringside suplexes. Paul Heyman stepped in again, so Lesnar F5’d him through a freaking table. Reigns then pelted a distracted Lesnar with a spear.
Theory’s music hit and he ran to the ring, hitting Reigns with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Before he could officially cash it, Lesnar F5 put it on the briefcase. The Usos then time Lesnar with a double Superkick, and Reigns lands a big spear for another 9 count. Reigns got Theory’s briefcase and beat Lesnar with it for another 9. Reigns grabbed the WWE Championship and crushed Lesnar with – another one 9 accounts.
Finally, Reigns gets the Universal Championship and hits Lesnar with it. Then, with the ref still counting, he and the Usos pile the wreckage of the announcer’s table and the steel steps on top of Lesnar. Buried under it all, Lesnar couldn’t count.
It didn’t make sense that the ref would keep counting as Reigns and the Usos kept throwing stuff at Lesnar, but hey, I gotta keep the beast down somehow. Reigns did a fantastic job down that home stretch – every time he knocked Lesnar down, he sold like he was terrified of Lesnar getting back up. Big drama, big game.
Rating: 4.75 stars. The main WrestleMania 38 match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar was disappointing. Good thing, then, that these two got that match at SummerSlam. It’s arguably their best, and certainly the most spectacular.
Reigns and Lesnar have had an incredible rivalry over the past seven years – the best thing to say about this match is that it was a fitting end to what will no doubt be one of the longest rivalries ever. WWE’s most famous.