WrestleMania 38: The Complete History of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will clash in the main event of WrestleMania 38 on April 3 to unify the WWE and Universal Championships. This will mark the third time the pair have main evented WrestleMania and the 11th time they’ve shared the ring together for an official match since 2015. A look back at the history between the pair shows just how far Reigns has come as a top star for the WWE and how often fans pushed back against him during his babyface run as “The Big Dog.”

Here’s a look back at the previous 10 matches between Lesnar and Reigns. Do you think this match at WrestleMania 38 will be their last? And can it outdo every match that came before it? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments!

Reigns vs. Lesnar (vs. Seth Rollins) — WrestleMania 31

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Reigns’ initial push to WWE’s main event scene was, putting it mildly, tumultuous. WWE broke up The Shield early into the Summer of 2014, and while Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were repackaged and began feuding with each other Reigns was allowed to keep most of the Shield’s iconography and was instead slowly pushed up the card, only to appear in a small handful of pay-per-views throughout the rest of the year. His push was suddenly in full swing in early 2015 resulting in his infamous Royal Rumble victory that year, which many fans remember for the Philadelphia fans angrily rejecting (even when The Rock showed up).

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In an attempt to save the main event of WrestleMania 31, WWE called a last-minute audible and booked Rollins to cash in his Money in the Bank late into the match, changing it into a triple threat where he quickly pinned Reigns. Many now look back on this match fondly, but that’s due in large part to Rollins’ involvement and the shock of his cash-in.

Royal Rumble 2016

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By early 2016 WWE had renewed its effort in trying to position Reigns as the No. 1 star, this time by having him stand in direct opposition of Vince McMahon and The Authority. Reigns won the WWE Championship back from Sheamus in December 2015, then was hit with the news that he’d have to defend the title in the 2016 Royal Rumble as the No. 1 entrant. Lesnar entered the match at No. 23 and wound up getting dumped out by Braun Strowman, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper in what looked like a setup for Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 32 (which did not happen, Lesnar wound up fighting Ambrose in a woefully underwhelming match). Meanwhile, Reigns made it all the way to the final three before getting thrown out by Triple H, his eventual WrestleMania 32 opponent.

Reigns vs. Lesnar vs. Ambrose — Fastlane 2016

But before Reigns vs. Triple H could happen, WWE decided to spend the next couple of pay-per-views teasing the idea that Ambrose (who fans were fully behind) could insert himself into the WWE Championship match. The three took part in a triple threat at that year’s Fastlane with a WrestleMania match on the line. Reigns won in what wound up being a surprisingly forgettable match given the men involved.

Royal Rumble 2017

WWE loaded up the 2017 Royal Rumble with big part-time names like Lesnar, Goldberg, and The Undertaker while giving Reigns the surprise No. 30 entrance after having him lose to Kevin Owens earlier in the night. Lesnar was eliminated by Goldberg (before Reigns could even enter the match) to continue the storyline that “Da Man” kept getting the best of “The Beast,” while Reigns made it to the final two before getting eliminated by Randy Orton.

Reigns vs. Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe

Lesnar won the Universal Championship from Goldberg at WrestleMania 33, kicking off what would become a 504-day reign with the gold. By the time SummerSlam 2017 rolled around the main event scene on Raw was starting to get crowded, so “The Beast” took on Reigns, Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe in a four-way that can best be described as a 20-minute car crash. Brock retained, but the match was still pretty fun.


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