In the main event of tonight’s WWE SmackDown on FOX, RAW Superstar Riddle unsuccessfully challenged Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Despite a back-and-forth match, Reigns retained his title with a massive Spear in mid-air for the pin.
The Bloodline stood up in the ring after the match as Reigns seized the stage and ranted about how he has no one left to face. Reigns recounted how he swore to demolish everyone and then leave more than two years ago, and now that he’s wrecked Riddle, he’s leaving. The Tribal Chief then requested that Minneapolis recognise him, but that’s when the music started playing, and out came The Beast, who was greeted with a thunderous applause from the city where he attended college and won the NCAA National Championship.
Reigns signalled for Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos and Paul Heyman to exit the arena so he could be alone with Lesnar as he marched to the ring wearing a cowboy hat and a smile. The two superstars then sparred in the ring for about a minute before Lesnar extended his hand for a handshake. Lesnar scooped Reigns for the F5 in the centre of the ring after he hesitated and ultimately went to shake. Heyman retrieved the title belts before retreating, but The Usos went in to fight right away. As the fans erupted, Lesnar easily dispatched The Usos with a pair of F5s.
Lesnar stood erect in the middle of the ring, lifting his cowboy hat in the air, as the Bloodline fled up the ramp. With a big pop from the audience, SmackDown went off the air.
As of this writing, WWE has yet to make an official announcement, but Lesnar vs. Reigns is expected to take place at WWE SummerSlam on July 31 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns was originally scheduled for SummerSlam, but Orton’s health has put his career in jeopardy.
Lesnar made his first appearance on SmackDown since losing the Winner Take All Title Unification Match to Reigns at WrestleMania 38’s Night Two in early April. This was Reigns’ first title defence after becoming the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
If Lesnar and Reigns face off at WWE SummerSlam, it will be their third meeting since Crown Jewel in October 2021. At Crown Jewel, Reigns defeated Lesnar to retain the Universal Title, and at WrestleMania 38, he unified the titles. Lesnar appears to be on the verge of reclaiming his SummerSlam title.