There was a sense of inevitability surrounding the Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar match at SummerSlam. It seemed like history was set to repeat itself as Brooklyn was ready to boo both men out of the building. However, knowing this, Vince McMahon once again proved why so many people refer to him as a genius and swerved the so-called “smart” fans of wrestling.
For three years now, Vince McMahon and the WWE have worked tirelessly to make Roman Reigns “the guy” by trying to give him a grand championship victory. While we are certainly way beyond the point of the former Shield member winning the title and fans screaming his name, SummerSlam was arguably the best possible outcome after years of backlash.
As the introductions for both the champion and challenger were taking place at SummerSlam, it felt like the calm before the storm. It seemed like the fans were just charging their batteries. They were chanting along with Paul Heyman’s famous introduction for Brock Lesnar as they always do, but before the match could get underway, out came the Money in the Bank winner Braun Strowman. Strowman told the world he was going to cash in after the match, and Brooklyn’s one hope of a happy ending was presented to them.