7. Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns (Cage Match for the Universal Championship, The Greatest Royal Rumble 2018)

For some reason, Roman Reigns lost cleanly to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34. Yes, the babyface who’d already failed to topple The Beast at WrestleMania 31 failed to topple him once again. What was the build for? Why have the babyface overcome all the odds except the one that mattered most? Yes, the crowd may not have liked babyface Reigns, but they only needed to acknowledge him as the champion. Even with a loss, Reigns was (for some reason) eligible for rematch. This happened inside of a steel cage in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia .

I never used to watch the Saudi shows. Honestly, it wasn’t for any moral reasons. To me, they looked like glorified house shows (much like UK PPVs used to be). Even the attraction of a 50 man ‘Greatest Royal Rumble’ wasn’t enough to pull me in. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve watched any of ‘The Greatest Royal Rumble’ in my re-watch of the Reigns/Lesnar feud. And it wasn’t worth it! I’ll have to check out the Fatal 4-Way Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship though…

If you think you’re going to get a different Lesnar/Reigns match inside a cage, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This is just their WrestleMania matches with a shorter duration (yes, if you can believe that!) and an indecisive (but impressive looking finish). It’s worth just watching the final few seconds. But the rest of the match…yet another disappointment in the epic (in the worst sense of the word) feud between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. They exchange finishing moves, attempt to climb once, and that’s about it. There’s no drama, no tension. Since Reigns lost at ‘Mania 34, there’s the small chance he may win here…but after losing decisively at ‘Mania, why would we care about this match?

A prolonged feud is only as good as the writing, the build, and the action in the ring. The Lesnar/Reigns feud ran out of steam even before ‘Mania 34, as the crowd reaction will tell you. To have another match in a Steel Cage didn’t contribute to furthering the feud in a meaningful way. There’s no reason for it to happen. And I think both wrestlers knew that their feud had grown stale; they are simply going through the motions here. A mostly dull affair.

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Further Reviews of Roman Reigns/Brock Lesnar Matches:

  1. Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns (Universal Championship Match, WrestleMania 31)
  2. Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns (Universal Championship Match, WrestleMania 34)
  3. Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns (Winner Takes All Unification MatchWrestleMania 38 Night 2)
  4. Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns (Universal Championship, Summerslam 2018)
  5. Roman Reigns (c). Vs Brock Lesnar (Last Man Standing Match for the Undisputed WWE Championship, WWE Summerslam 2022)

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