It's not unusual for a challenger to enter a game or match as the favourite.
Brock Lesnar successfully defended his Universal Title over a bloodied Roman Reigns in the WrestleMania 34 main event at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a truly surprising booking decision for a multitude of reasons. It is not clear why but some are saying it was his frustration with Roman Reigns not being the right opponent and the negative cheers the match was getting because of it. No matter what was involved in the body of the match, fans knew the ending. Lesnar retains the Universal title in what might be one of Wrestlemania's biggest upsets, given the UFC rumors. It was a stark, grisly visual that somehow brought Reigns back to life, but he was doomed. If you thought things got physical on Sunday night, note that this time around, Lesnar and Reigns will battle inside the confines of a steel cage.
WWE announced today that Lesnar has re-signed with the professional wrestling promotion.
The match ended up going on 11th on the 14-match card and lasted just over 20 minutes.
Now fans will be left to wonder what's next for the Japanese superstar.
The last time Brock was beaten for the title, it took a returning Goldberg to do so, another near-mythical figure in the annals of kayfabe with a resume big enough to slay the Beast.
The in-ring return of Daniel Bryan was up next when he teamed with Shane McMahon to battle Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.More news: Snow moving in overnight; much warmer temperatures coming
Zayn and Owens scored a couple of near-falls on Bryan needing to win to save their jobs on SmackDown, but the GM of the show forced Zayn to tap out to win in his return to New Orleans.
WrestleMania 34, which starting from its 4 p.m. pre-show ended just a bit after hitting the 8-hour mark, was by nearly every metric a triumph.
Terms of the deal were not announced, but Lesnar's next match was. The crowd's favourite and the King of Strong Style put up a "phenomenal" show with Styles but after a melee of attacks from both the wrestlers and few dramatic nearfalls later, Styles finally reigned supreme over the Japanese.
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Meanwhile, the RAW Tag Team Championship match got an interesting yet head-scratching twist. That would allow for his much ballyhooed return to the UFC, which UFC President Dana White assured fans would be happening. After Rousey won the match, the camera quickly cut to White who was on his feet celebrating the win. In an interview with the New York Post, Heyman stated "I don't think CM Punk cares one way or another what's going on in the world of sports entertainment".
Will he or won't he? It's an ethos the company had been forced to adopt following years of fans rejecting former golden boy John Cena, whose squeaky-clean persona elicited some of the most vitriolic hate from the crowd for the better part of a decade.
Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. Could the self-exiled CM Punk come back for a one-time showing, putting aside the cauldron of bad blood bubbling between him and WWE?