At Elimination Chamber we will hopefully discover who will earn the right to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34. We say hopefully because as was demonstrated on Monday night with Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, sometimes WWE employ screwy finishes when they can't make up their minds. Thanks to that match there are now seven potential opponents for Lesnar in New Orleans. There are likely quite a few scenarios that could arise from the outcome of that match which fans would like to see but let's be honest, we all already know what's coming.
For almost a year now we have known that the end goal here is a match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34. It might not be the match that fans want to see close out the biggest show of the year on April 8th but damn it it's the one they are going to get. Thankfully WWE creative had the foresight to not get to this match by having The Big Dog win the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia for a second time, that did not go well first time around. Despite that smart booking we are still hurtling towards Reigns headlining a fourth straight WrestleMania, a feat only previously achieved by Hulk Hogan.
When most fans hear Lesnar versus Reigns they likely roll their eyes and concentrate on what else will potentially be happening on the Mania card. Let's not jump to conclusions and assume that this is a terrible idea though. Cast your mind back to the last time the two of them clashed in WrestleMania's main event. Reigns had won the Rumble and went about toppling The Beast Incarnate and taking his WWE Championship. The two of them were interrupted by Seth Rollins who cashed in his Money In The Bank contract and successfully pulled off what Michael Cole labeled the 'heist of the century'.
Thanks to The Architect the main event of WrestleMania 31 will forever be remembered as one of the greatest ever. What that moment overshadows is the fact that the one on one match was actually a pretty good one. Yes it started slow but in the moments before Rollins flipped the match on its head things really started to heat up. Reigns had been taking a beating and laughing it off before slamming Lesnar into the ring post and turned the tables somewhat. There was a belief that Roman could slay The Beast.
That's the main reason why the potentially upcoming rematch is something we should be looking forward to. It's a bout that will have been three years in the making by the time it rolls around. At WrestleMania 31 we were on the cusp of finding out whether Reigns really is good enough to defeat Brock Lesnar and then Rollins stole that moment from us. Granted he gave us an even better one in its place but now it's time to find out whether Reigns really can get the job done.
What's more is members of the WWE Universe who still dislike The Big Dog need to assess exactly why that is. Those who chant 'you can't wrestle' at the three time WWE Champion clearly aren't tuning in all that often. Reigns has put on some terrific matches with the likes of Finn Balor, AJ Styles, and even Braun Strowman since he last went one on one with Lesnar. Add to that the fact that Brock's matches can often be hard hitting, unmissable car wrecks and you have the potential for an unforgettable WrestleMania main event this year. What we're looking for ideally is somewhere between the carnage that was Lesnar's match with Goldberg at last year's WrestleMania and the more wrestling based bouts that Reigns had with The Phenomenal One before the draft.
The one thing hanging over this match above all else is the fact that it could very well be Lesnar's last in WWE. The allure of The Beast appears to be getting weaker and weaker in WWE and having the Universal Championship on someone who is barely around for an entire year has been nothing short of frustrating. That title needs to be ever present on Raw for quite a while once WrestleMania is over and done with, and if the match is indeed going to be Lesnar's last then there is only one man on the roster that WWE will want to pin The Beast's shoulders to the mat. Reigns is the future of WWE whether you like it or not and chances are he will be the man who sends Brock Lesnar off into the sunset on April 8th in New Orleans.