This former WWE champion believes WWE made a mistake.
It’s been well established that WWE announced on Monday afternoon that Universal Champion Brock Lesnar had re-signed with WWE.
This comes off the heels of him successfully retaining the title over Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 34.
It was well known that his contract with the company expired on Sunday night and there was some speculation about him returning to the UFC.
The negative crowd reaction isn’t believed to be a factor in the finish being changed. A handful of people reportedly knew about the finish being changed which was originally Reigns countering the last F5 attempt into a spear.
Reigns was signed by WWE in 2010 and reported to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He made his main roster debut in November 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Rollins as part of The Shield.
he group teamed together until June 2014, after which Reigns entered singles competition. Ever since the group split up, fans have turned on Reigns despite him being portrayed as a babyface.
He has had many accolades during his short time with the sports entertainment company. Reigns is a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time United States Champion, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rollins), the 2015 Royal Rumble winner and the 2014 Superstar of the Year. Make no mistake about; Reigns is the guy in WWE.
Since 2014, WWE has attempted to establish Reigns as their next “face of the company.” Reigns had headlined multiple major WWE pay-per-view events, including the last fourWrestleManias (31 lost to Seth Rollins, 32 beat Triple H, 33 when he defeated The Undertaker, and 34 where he lost to Lesnar.
There has never been a babyface that has been pushed like Reigns that is disliked more by fans in the history of professional wrestling. Historically, when a babyface is not getting over with the crowd, the promoter or booker would turn them heel. Reigns is truly a different case in that sense.
WWE Hall of Famer Edge talked about the match during the latest episode of the Edge and Christian’s Pod of Awesomeness (transcript via WrestlingInc.com). Here is what he had to say:
“I think that [has] affected Reigns two years in a row now. You want to be in the main event, but you’re in the main event after six-and-a-half hours of wrestling. That’s a tough position to be in, no matter who you are, to try and keep a crowd engaged. It is too long, but I get the flip side. You’re trying to get people on the show.”
“I personally would’ve put the title on him [Reigns], but there you have it. There you have it.”