WrestleMania 34: Don’t sweat the main event, Lesnar vs Reigns will be great
There is one match above all else that is expected to headline WrestleMania in 2018, and while many fans are worried about it, they really shouldn’t be
There is a lot of panic and worry over a fourth consecutive Roman Reigns main event at WrestleMania. The plan is that he will once again take on Brock Lesnar, but that doesn’t seem all that appealing to a fan base that has a very vocal section hungering to see AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura or Finn Balor & Kevin Owens given prominent position.
It is understandable really. The last two Reigns matches at Mania, against Triple H at 32 and against Undertaker at 33, have left a lot to be desired. However, a lot of that has to do with his opponent. Taker was very clearly on his last legs and unable to do much, and Triple H’s style has never really evolved to keep up with modern tastes.
Lesnar is not physically incapable like Taker, and he is not stuck in an old style like Triple H. Brock’s matches are usually put together with a heavy influence from Paul Heyman, which means plenty of action, plenty of craziness, and a lot of legitimate interest.
Brock’s work with Samoa Joe, his interactions with Braun Strowman, and finally his match with AJ Styles, all show that Brock can put on a show when he has to.
So don’t be worried about WrestleMania 34, because if they do end up putting Roman and Brock together in the main event again, it should be great.
Revisiting WrestleMania 31
Last night I went back and watched the main event of WrestleMania 31 and the main thing I took away, other than the fact that I miss the Curb Stomp, is that Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns was a wonderful match.
Coming at the end of a long night, and following a disappointing Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt match, it felt like a bit of a letdown at the time, until Rollins arrived that is, but looking at it in isolation it really was a great watch.
The animosity for Reigns was less palpable than I remember during his entrance. Maybe WWE did something with the levels and angles, but it seemed like there was an air of anticipation more than the outright hate.
The first time Lesnar and Reigns touch opens Brock up, and that moment seems to light a fuse under Brock. The next ten minutes are as physical a fight as you’ll ever see in a WWE ring. Vicious knees more akin to New Japan or UFC get thrown, and then there is THAT clothesline to the outside from Brock.