Brock Lesnar-Roman Reigns II Would Provide Necessary Closure to Feud


Roman Reigns wasn’t ready to be the main event star at last year’s WrestleMania, but a rematch with Brock Lesnar can provide closure for an unfinished feud.

If there’s one thing that really grinds my gears is how a storyline – whether in a television program, movie, book or video game – doesn’t get the proper closure. Sometimes, it’s because a show is cancelled; that’s not an excuse that the WWE creative staff can use since its Raw has been running weekly for more than 20 years.

Last Monday, when Brock Lesnar delivered an F5 to Roman Reigns, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, I got excited. There will finally be a final chapter that rounds out the rivalry from last year’s WrestleMania.

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Based on the weeks leading up to WrestleMania 31, the storyline seemed to be based on Reigns being the new powerhouse who was gunning for the dominant veteran that didn’t want to pass the torch. Now their main event match had a very shocking twist with Seth Rollins coming out and cashing in on his Money in the Bank contract to make it a triple-threat.

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But there is no owner of the briefcase that can run in anytime for a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship; Rollins is not in the main event picture due to the tears of his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his right knee from last November; and Sheamus already cashed in on Reigns back at Survivor Series.

The reason now is a better time to have Reigns and Lesnar is that the crowd is starting to enjoy the change in the current champion’s persona. He doesn’t care who he has to get through to be champion, which includes beating down the Chief Operations Officer in Triple H and giving the Superman punch to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

That persona of punching anyone in his way reminds me a little bit of Lesnar, who doesn’t care who you are. Whether he is put against faces or heels, he’s going to run them over like he did last Monday night before attacking Reigns. That’s something that has been a positive about the Lesnar character since he returned in 2012 – the goal is pure destruction.

And while Reigns has had more of a babyface approach to leaving opponents in ruins, maybe going back to face Lesnar is the perfect opportunity for him to make a shift from face into a neutral powerhouse that just focuses on winning. That means having a storyline where he might become more distant from Dean Ambrose and that could eventually lead into a bigger storyline down the road in 2016.

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But back to the focus of the rematch that never had the proper ending, we can see the two pitted against each other where we’re seeing a much more well-rounded Reigns against the talented veteran. There is a chance that this match could be a classic main event that could help save what might be a depleted match card due to injuries.

Even if it falls short of that mark I have placed on it, the second match has a lot more potential than last year’s and there’s little to no chance of any swerves – just an opportunity for Lesnar to officially pass the powerhouse torch to Roman Reigns.