Backstage News on The Current Plan For SummerSlam's Main Event
Friday, June 8, 2018
According to Dave Meltzer in a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the current plan for the main event of August's SummerSlam PPV Event is for Brock Lesnar to defend his WWE Universal Title against Roman Reigns. This was the plan as of a few days ago and while not 100% confirmed, this is the working idea. It looks like Reigns may finally have his big moment with the WWE Universal Title at SummerSlam. It was previously reported that multiple sources within WWE believe that Lesnar will be dropping his title to end his WWE run soon, by SummerSlam at the latest.
This would be Reigns' third title shot during Lesnar's current WWE Universal Title run. Lesnar retained over Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Reigns in a Fatal 4 Way Match at SummerSlam 2017 with Lesnar pinning Reigns, while Lesnar defeated Reigns in singles action at WrestleMania 34 back in April and then retained over Reigns in a Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble Event in April. WWE has teased and planned for the major coronation of Roman Reigns as Universal Champion for a while now and there's no secret that this has been Vince McMahon's goal. Reigns also lost two big title matches to Kevin Owens back when he was champion at Roadblock: End of The Line in December 2016 and then in a No DQ Match at the 2017 Royal Rumble PPV Event.
SummerSlam takes place on August 19th from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It is believed that Lesnar will be away until the time comes to begin the build to his SummerSlam Match. The Beast will soon break CM Punk's record for longest modern-day title reign of 434 days as he just broke the 430 day mark.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter