Roman Reigns Wins Universal Title At WWE SummerSlam

Roman Reigns
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon crowned Roman Reigns the WWE Universal Champion at SummerSlam.  Reigns beat Brock Lesnar to win the Universal Title at Sunday’s (August 19, 2018) WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view event in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center on the WWE Network.

Prior to the match, Braun Strowman came out and stated that he would cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase after this match. However, that would not take place as Lesnar took him out. Reigns closed the show by celebrating in the ring. 

This marks the first time that Reigns has held the title. Up until this point, Lesnar held the strap for over 500 days after beating Goldberg for it at WrestleMania 33 in April of 2017 in Orlando, FL. Reigns is only the fifth champion in the history of the title, which was created back in 2016 with the inaugural champ Finn Balor.

This likely marked Lesnar’s last appearance in the WWE for the near future as he heads towards his return to the UFC inside of the Octagon. If you recall, back in the main event of the UFC 226 pay-per-view event in July, Daniel Cormier was able to score a KO win over Stipe Miocic to win the UFC heavyweight title and after the fight, Cormier invited Lesnar inside the Octagon with Lesnar accepting the invitation and shoving Cormier in the process. Lesnar then cut a promo on the heavyweight division and Cormier.

UFC President Dana White has already gone on record by stating that plans call for DC to fight Lesnar with the heavyweight title on the line in January.