Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar Set for WWE SummerSlam After Win vs. Bobby Lashley

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2018

FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, Brock Lesnar makes his entrance at Wrestlemania XXXI in Santa Clara, Calif. Lesnar, the former WWE and UFC heavyweight champion, was selected Monday, June 27, 2016, as the cover superstar for the WWE 2K17 video game that is set for an Oct. 11 release.  (AP Photo/Don Feria, File)
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Roman Reigns beat Bobby Lashley on Monday's episode of Raw to earn a shot at Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship at SummerSlam on Aug. 19.

After a Lashley spear resulted in a two-count, The Big Dog countered with a spear of his own to secure the huge win.


Will the "uncrowned" #UniversalChampion @WWERomanReigns take his rightful position at the very TOP of #RAW when he meets @BrockLesnar at #SummerSlam?! https://t.co/kYDN7KRg7N

Needless to say, the result didn't exactly cause a ton of excitement on Twitter:

Kevin Berge @TheBerge_

Ugh, of course Roman Reigns wins. We can't have Brock Lesnar fight anyone else this year but Reigns. #Raw

Will! @itswilltime

Hopefully this is the end of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar. Please let this be the end. Brock is better not in wrestling and Roman is better defending a title.

Scott Fishman @smFISHMAN

Social media watching Roman Reigns punch another ticket to face Brock Lesnar at #SummerSlam. #WWE #Raw https://t.co/wA9f6CoM7j

Todd Grisham @GrishamMMA

Nice to see Roman Reigns catch a break for once.

Monday's bout was based on the results of two Triple Threat matches that took place on last week's episode of Raw.

With several Superstars staking a claim to a potential title match against Lesnar, Raw general manager Kurt Angle set up a pair of Triple Threats with the winners meeting to determine the No. 1 contender.

Last week, Reigns beat Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre to open Raw, while Lashley closed the show by defeating Seth Rollins and Elias.

That set the stage for a rematch of the clash between Reigns and Lashley that took place at Extreme Rules on July 15.

Reigns and Lashley had no shortage of pent-up animosity prior to their match at Extreme Rules, and it bubbled over on the go-home edition of Raw when they engaged in a pull-apart brawl that saw the locker room empty in an attempt to restore order.

The brawl led to a hard-hitting match at Extreme Rules, and although it seemed like The Big Dog was on the verge of picking up the victory, Lashley surprised him with a spear to score the win.

Despite the fact Reigns lost at Extreme Rules, his overall body of work was enough for Angle to allow him to get back in the universal title mix.

Lesnar's past two title defenses came against The Big Dog at WrestleMania 34 and the Greatest Royal Rumble.

The Beast Incarnate beat Reigns cleanly at WrestleMania, but the Greatest Royal Rumble steel cage match was highly controversial.

Reigns speared Lesnar through the side of the cage, and while The Beast's body hit the floor first, The Big Dog's feet touched first, which should have given him the win.

Instead, the victory was awarded to Lesnar.

As for Lashley, it has been his stated goal since returning to WWE that he wanted to become world champion and beat Lesnar in the process.

Lashley and Lesnar have never faced each other, but it has long been considered a dream match since they are so similar in terms of their amateur wrestling backgrounds and success in mixed martial arts.

Despite the potential appeal of a Lesnar vs. Lashley match, though, Reigns will receive yet another shot at the title.


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