The reason behind the controversial booking of Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns at WWE SummerSlam

Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fought in the Last Man Standing match summer Slam Which is now being touted as one of the best main-events of SummerSlam ever. The match received its fair share of criticism for showing Reigns weak despite winning the match. According to reports, WWE wanted Lesnar to look strong.

The Beast Incarnate defeated the Tribal Chief for the most part in the match. However, Reigns won the match and helped his cousins ​​retain the undisputed WWE Universal title. Usos, Three men had to be buried under a pile of rubble to prevent Lesnar from getting up before the count of 10.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer NewsletterWWE’s goal was to make Brock Lesnar look strong in defeat so that his aura would remain intact. It was Lesnar’s third consecutive loss to Roman Reigns and his reputation would have been seriously damaged if he had not dominated the match.

“The goal of the match was to win Reigns but protect Lesnar and keep his aura. But there’s no satisfaction in getting wins in doing those finishes where you don’t want anyone to actually lose. Here, the idea for the forklift and the view was camouflaged,'” Meltzer said.


Brock Lesnar essentially lost due to interference

Dave Meltzer pointed out that such a high level of interference from outside factors in a highly publicized main-program can be viewed negatively. He admitted that most fans found the ending amusing and that it worked because of the company and the timing.

“Most people found it amusing and the best match on the show, although in almost any other case, such interference and the elimination of something promoted as the deciding match in a long series would be taken differently. And more importantly because of the company, the finish seems to work well for most,” said Meltzer.

With Brock Lesnar in his rear-view mirror, Roman Reigns is set to face Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle in Cardiff, Wales on September 3.


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