With injuries plaguing the company, WWE decided to have Roman Reigns defend his title against Brock Lesnar yet again for SummerSlam, and that’s a problem. WWE is dealing with huge injuries at the top of their babyface depth chart. Cody Rhodes is sidelined up to nine months after undergoing surgery for a torn pectoral muscle. Randy Orton could potentially miss the remainder of 2022 due to a back injury. The latter hurts WWE the most, as reports indicated that Orton was set to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam on July 30 at Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans.
The last episode of Friday Night Smackdown aired by WWE on FOX networks, on American TV, saw the main event close with the long-awaited match between the Tribal Chief of the company, Roman Reigns and the Original Bro Matt Riddle, who went to try to snatch the world champion belts from the athlete of Samoan origin, after months of undisputed reign in WWE.
WWE announced after this week's Friday Night SmackDown that Roman Reigns will defend his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing Match at SummerSlam on July 30 in Nashville. The news wasn't particularly well-received by online wrestling fans for a number of reasons, one of the biggest being how overexposed the matchup has been since the two first clashed at WrestleMania 31 in 2015. A particular comparison that started popping up on Twitter was putting this rivalry up against the John Cena vs. Randy Orton feud that utterly dominated WWE's main event scene in the late 2000s. But does that comparison actually hold up? Let's look at the numbers.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Brock Lesnar returns after Roman Reigns defeats Riddle in title match
Friday night's edition of WWE SmackDown certainly brought unusual levels of attention. As Vince McMahon stepped aside as CEO and chairman of WWE amid allegations of misconduct involving a sexual relationship with a female employee, WWE announced McMahon would appear live on the show. Add a match between Roman Reigns and Riddle for Reigns' undisputed universal championship and you had the recipe for a night that would have higher than normal amounts of viewers tuning in.
Roman Reigns will defend his Undisputed WWE Universal Title at Summerslam against The Beast and not only, because it will be a Last Man Standing Match Continue reading...
Riddle recognized what Randy Orton has accomplished over the last 20 years in a heartfelt address to the WWE Universe. The Original Bro’s honoring of his former RK-Bro partner came as he prepared to face Roman Reigns for the Universal Title in his honor.
WWE SmackDown results: Live recap, grades as Mr. McMahon appears and Roman Reigns defends against Riddle
Friday night's WWE SmackDown is set to be one of the most interesting editions in the history of the long-running show. That's because it will feature not only an undisputed universal championship match, but also an appearance by Vince McMahon that comes as the promoter is in the news for allegations of misconduct.
The main event of WWE SummerSlam is set. During the 6/17 episode of WWE “SmackDown”, Brock Lesnar made his return to WWE programming and attacked Roman Reigns following the latter’s successful defense of the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Riddle. Following the close of the show, WWE...
Brock Lesnar is back and he’s seeking the WWE Undisputed Championship, attacking Roman Reigns on this week’s Smackdown. Friday night’s episode saw Reigns retain his championship in the main event, defeating Riddle. After the match, Reigns got on the mic and said there was no one left to challenge him, after which Lesnar came out to the ring. He extended his hand to Reigns but when Reigns went to reciprocate, Lesnar caught him into an F5.
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar in a last man standing match has been set for WWE SummerSlam after Lesnar returned and confronted Reigns on tonight’s SmackDown. Reigns successfully defended the Undisputed WWE Universal title against Riddle. After the match, Reigns cut a promo asking the crowd to acknowledge him. Reigns and The Usos were preparing to leave when Lesnar’s music hit. He came to the ring and extended his hand to Reigns, who wasn’t sure what to do. He eventually went to shake Lesnar’s hand, but was immediately taken down by Lesnar with an F5. The Usos attempted to intervene, but were also taken down with F5's. The show ended with Lesnar standing tall.
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WWE's decision to bring back Brock Lesnar as Roman Reigns' opponent at SummerSlam was reportedly made three weeks ago. According to Fightful Select (h/t H Jenkins of Ringside News), a Lesnar vs. Reigns rematch had been in the works for quite some time, and people backstage began talking about Lesnar potentially appearing on Friday night's episode of SmackDown about three hours before the show started.