Roman Reigns wins Unified WWE World Championship at WrestleMania

BY ZACK HEYDORN, PWTORCH ASSISTANT EDITOR

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Roman Reigns is the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.

In what WWE promoted as the “biggest WrestleMania match in history,” Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to secure the title and unify the WWE Championship with his Universal Championship.

This was the third Reigns vs. Lesnar WrestleMania main event encounter. Both men clashed at WrestleMania 31 and WrestleMania 34. At 31, Seth Rollins joined the match at the end via a Money in the Bank cash-in and defeated Roman Reigns to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. At 34, Lesnar defeated Reigns with numerous F-5’s in front of an audience loudly rejecting the match from the beginning.

During the match at 38, both men worked stiff and exchanged signature moves throughout the fight. Reigns hit Lesnar with a spear through the ringside barrier and multiple Superman punches. Lesnar hit a variety of suplexes on Reigns and a submission targeting Reigns’ shoulder near the end of the match.

As Reigns writhed in pain, articulating that his shoulder was out of the socket, Paul Heyman gave Reigns an impassioned speech, telling him to rise up for the family as the head of the table. Reigns did, hit Lesnar with a spear, and made the cover for the victory.

This is the first time the world championships have been unified since the WWE went back to a brand split after WrestleMania 32 in 2016. Reigns is currently on a historic run with the Universal Championship. He’s held the title for a record amount of days at nearly 600. Only Pedro Morales, Bruno Sammartino, and Hulk Hogan have held the title longer.


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