With WrestleMania 33 done and dusted, rumours are flying for the main event of the 34th edition of Mania. Roman Reigns is looking likely to main event his fourth WrestleMania in a row and is set to face Brock Lesnar. This will no doubt anger some fans who are frustrated with Reigns being pushed when his current character is mainly rejected by fans. If Brock and Reigns were to face at WrestleMania 34 it won’t be the first time these two have met.
After winning the 2015 Royal Rumble to much hatred; Roman Reigns challenged Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. Just a year after ending the unbreakable WrestleMania streak. As most will remember, the match saw Brock Lesnar destroy Roman Reigns. Luckily Reigns fought back only to see his former Shield brother Seth Rollins cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase in a WrestleMania classic moment.
Roman Reign’s has been speaking to Chris Jericho on his podcast about WrestleMania among other various topics. One key talking point is how, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman wanted to destroy Reigns.
“No, it wasn’t easy, by any means. But the thing I had a lot of confidence in is I knew it was just going to be a fight. I knew it was going to be brutal and I like that s–t. Like, hey, if you want to bang, I’m all for it. I’m never scared. But it was just weird. It really was. It was last minute. It was one of those deals where it wasn’t a lot of talking, didn’t seem open to ideas because, essentially, in their minds, and when I say ‘their minds’ I say Brock and Paul, which, that is a powerful pairing right there, but those two, they’re something else. They wanted to kill me. They were convinced however many people were there eighty [thousand], whatever, they wanted to see me get crushed. They were there and they just want to see Roman get his ass beat. And I can’t disagree with them, but brother [has] got to fight. Hey, you can kick my ass all you want, but I’m going to fight.”
Naturally that made some sense; Lesnar destroyed everyone in his path including John Cena. Fans had started rejecting Reigns, mainly thanks to Daniel Bryan not getting his deserved WWE title re-match. Reigns had to fight hard to turn a squash match into a fight.
“I knew he wanted to get straight to the [Suplex] City, and I was like, ‘f–k it. Here we go!’ And nobody does this, like, it was ‘ding, ding, ding’ and I went right into him.” Reigns said, “for me, it was just about taking that ass-whooping and I’m thankful to Brock because he [has] got a name. Brock is legit, ‘I’ll break your face and I’m not scared to go in there and have someone break mine’. I’ve seen him crush people. I’ve seen him get his ass whooped too, by who was it? [Cain] Velasquez or whatever. But just to have the balls to go out there and like do that, you’ve got to be a man and I respect him, I respect his name, and the fact that he went out there and he built it.”
Reigns continued to say to Jericho that he was in proud of the match; how it had a little bit of everything. Roman mentioned that the first person to talk to him post match was Bret Hart, who congratulated Reigns on a cracking main event.