Six years ago today, Brock Lesnar returned to WWE. One year ago today, Brock Lesnar became Universal Champion. And six days from now, if events transpire to make Roman Reigns the Universal Champion, then Lesnar and Paul Heyman are gone.
That bombshell from The Beast and his advocate was easily the biggest shocker in Team Brock’s address to the WWE Universe before WrestleMania, where — with a wall of Superstars blocking the ramp in case of Reigns’ appearance — Heyman decided to deliver a sermon of “truth” that stretched well beyond the reveal that Lesnar had no desire to stick around if he wasn’t holding a title.
No, Heyman had larger truths on his mind, namely that the “mystique” he’d cultivated of Lesnar as a solitary figure who doesn’t respect anybody was, if anything, understated over the years. Lesnar’s feelings toward
s the WWE locker room and Universe alike fall somewhere between indifference and outright hostility and, while Heyman certainly respected Reigns’ bonafides as a Superstar, he felt comfortable in the same “not a prediction, it’s a spoiler” forecast for WrestleMania 34 that he gave for The Undertaker all those years ago: F-5 in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3.
Reigns, who had promised to leave Brock and Heyman alone if they kept it respectful, made his entrance soon thereafter, though the human blockade seemed dead set on keeping him from The Conqueror — that is, until he asked them if they really wanted to protect a “part-timer,” at which point the seas parted and Reigns hit the ring. After some circling, Lesnar made his move with chair in hand and The Big Dog administered five Superman Punches that flattened the champion. Right as Reigns paused to celebrate, however, Lesnar sprang with a quick-strike F-5 that left Reigns writhing in the ring while The Beast left of his own volition.
If this is Lesnar’s final Raw, he went out with a bang. But it will take a special kind of effort to shutter Suplex City for good. Does Reigns have that in him? Six days until we find out.