“He Wasn’t Quite Active” – Roman Reigns Says Brock Lesnar Disappointed the Hardcore Wrestling Fans With His Universal Title Reign

Published 05/28/2021, 10:30 AM EDT

Roman Reigns is the in-house Tribal Chief of WWE. He won the Universal Championship back in mid-2020, and since then, he has had a dominant as well as prominent run.


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There is no doubt that Reigns has put the title on the map more dominantly. Before him, the title had some brief reigns with champions like Finn Balor and Kevin Owens until Brock Lesnar came along.

Lesnar held the title between 2017-2019 for a combined 686 days and definitely restored some of the title’s esteem. Eventually, the title came to Reigns last year. He previously had to give up his Universal title because of his battle with leukemia.


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Professional Wrestling: WWE SummerSlam: Roman Reigns entering the arena with his belt before the Universal Championship match vs Brock Lesnar at Barclays Center.
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While speaking to WWE India, Roman revealed how important his title reign is to the history of the Universal title.

It (his reign) has really put this Universal Championship on the map because when we debuted it a few years ago, it kind of struggled, and the title reigns weren’t what we had hoped for.”

Roman also referred to Balor‘s injury and Brock’s inactivity as a champion. “There were a lot of injuries, and then there’s a lot of gripes about once Brock Lesnar, who had a pretty long and illustrious title reign… but he wasn’t quite as active as some of our hardcore and dedicated fans had hoped.”

“But what I’ve done over the past plus 30 weeks, I think is second to none, and we are just gonna continue to add to that legacy and set this apart from anybody else,” Reigns concluded.

He also said his goals are to create the longest, greatest Universal championship reign ever. “The Tribal Chief” remains confident he is going to keep the title on his shoulder for a while.

Roman Reigns remains undefeated since he came back

During last year’s outbreak of the pandemic, Roman took a sabbatical from in-ring competition. He came back at SummerSlam 2020 as a heel and won his second Universal title one week later at Payback.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 22: Roman Reigns reacts during the WWE Live Duesseldorf event at ISS Dome on February 22, 2017, in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Since then, he has had a plethora of opponents. He first faced his cousin Jey Uso before defeating and making him a part of the entourage. Then, he had a brief rivalry with Braun Strowman.

He defeated Drew McIntyre (then-WWE Champion) in Survivor Series’ traditional champion vs champion match. Then, he had a lengthy rivalry with Kevin Owens, before feuding with Daniel Bryan and Edge.


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He recently “banished” Daniel Bryan from SmackDown after a title vs career match and started a rivalry with Cesaro. However, Reigns retained his title at WrestleMania Backlash after making him submit.

His next opponent is yet to be announced. Fans are speculating it might be his cousin Jimmy Uso after the duo showed some hostility against each other after Jimmy’s return.

Who do you think would be Reigns’ next opponent? Let us know in the comments below.


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