Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 34 on Sunday night, retaining the WWE Universal championship and stunning a sellout crowd at New Orleans’ Superdome.
Reigns, groomed as a world champion since his days in Orlando-based NXT, failed again in his quest to win a world championship at WrestleMania. Lesnar’s F-5 finishing move has been unbeatable for months, and Reigns kicked out after five F-5s but could not survive a sixth. It has been rumored that Lesnar is leaving WWE to return to UFC soon, but this result may mean changes are in the works.
The match, which ended after midnight Eastern, closed an enjoyable but long WWE extravaganza that included some stellar matches.
Lesnar retained the title after hitting Reigns with the F-5 six times— a stunning result considering Reigns has been seen as WWE’s chosen one for years, and Lesnar has been making noise about leaving for UFC.
After Lesnar spent months of building the F-5 as an unstoppable finish that no one could kick out of, Reigns survived five F-5s — one through the announce table — before the eventual finish.
The match was not the Superdome crowd’s favorite, especially as it carried the card’s finish past midnight Eastern time. It played out like many of both men’s matches — dozens of power moves and kickouts. Reigns was bloodied late in the match.
After a final video recap of the show, a dejected Reigns was shown hobbling up the ramp as his music played, the final image of one of the top few WrestleManias in recent memory.
Full WWE WrestleMania Results:
WWE Universal Heavyweight Championship — Brock Lesnar def. Roman Reigns
WWE Raw Division Tag Team Championship — Braun Strowman and a random kid from the crowd (Nicholas Cone) defeat The Bar
WWE World Heavyweight Championship — AJ Styles def. Shinsuke Nakamura
WWE Raw Division Women’s Championship — Nia Jax def. Alexa Bliss
Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon def. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Undertaker def. John Cena
WWE Smackdown Division Tag Team Championship — The Bludgeon Brothers def. The Usos & The New Day
Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle def. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H via. Submission
WWE United States Championship— Jinder Mahal def. Bobby Roode, Alexandera Rusev & Randy Orton
WWE Smackdown Division Women’s Championship — Charlotte Flair def. Asuka
WWE Intercontinental Championship — Seth Rollins def. Finn Balor & The Miz
Naomi Fatu wins the WWE WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Cedric Alexander def. Mustafa Ali
Matt Hardy wins Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)