The Big Dog is heading to the main event of WrestleMania 32, as Roman Reigns defeated both Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose on Sunday at Fastlane in a Triple Threat match to become No. 1 contender for Triple H's WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE captured a photo of an exhausted Reigns, who hit Ambrose with a spear to seal the win:
It was a match that featured plenty of action, as Kevin Berge of Questionable Critics noted:
PWP Nation felt the result wasn't the right booking option:
Both Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald and Wade Keller of PWTorch felt the win puts Reigns in a difficult position:
Following Triple H's Royal Rumble and title win, Stephanie McMahon gave Reigns, Lesnar and Ambrose an opportunity to receive a WrestleMania title shot, and there was no shortage of tension between them leading up to Fastlane.
Reigns and Ambrose were largely focused on cutting The Conqueror down to size during the build, but the former Shield brothers had their fair share of issues with each other as well.
Ambrose attempted to hit Reigns with Dirty Deeds on the go-home edition of Raw, and then after the former powerhouse of The Shield accidentally speared the Lunatic Fringe on the final SmackDown prior to Fastlane, they got into it.
That was an ideal scenario from the perspective of Lesnar's advocate, Paul Heyman, since he had worked hard to create a divide between Reigns and Ambrose ahead of the pay-per-view, according to WWE Universe on Twitter:
While Heyman's plan seemed to be coming together, Reigns insisted that he was focused on the task at hand and that he would ultimately come out on top:
Most fans likely expected Reigns to win Sunday's match because he has been engaged in a rivalry with Triple H and The Authority for a few months, dating back to his decimation of The Game following a loss to Sheamus in the main event at Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
Triple H was a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble match, and he eliminated Reigns to end his title run before also tossing Ambrose to become world champ for the 14th time in his illustrious career.
With regard to Lesnar, he was eliminated from the Rumble by the entire Wyatt Family, which led to plenty of speculation that he would face Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania rather than going after the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Ambrose would have been a popular choice among WWE fans to win Sunday, but it was difficult to envision the company giving him that type of push to the top after so many starts and stops over the past couple of years.
WWE could have done something unique and unpredictable, such as having Ambrose win or perhaps allowing both Reigns and Ambrose to pin Lesnar simultaneously, but it instead decided to stick with the story it has been building since TLC.
That paves the way for Lesnar to continue the likely Wyatt feud, while it is difficult to say where Ambrose goes from here since he has been focused entirely on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship since Royal Rumble.
The predictability of a Triple H vs. Reigns WrestleMania main event is something a large portion of WWE's fanbase was already starting to rebel against, so now, the onus is on WWE Creative to ensure the angle will eliminate backlash in the weeks before the Showcase of the Immortals.
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