Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns went to war in a Last Man Standing match at SummerSlam in what is now being dubbed one of the best SummerSlam main-events ever. The match received its fair share of criticism for making Reigns look weak despite winning the match. As per reports, WWE wanted Lesnar to come out looking strong.
The match saw The Beast Incarnate decimate the Tribal Chief for the most part. Reigns, however, won the match and retained the Undisputed WWE Universal title thanks to an assist from his cousins The Usos. The three men had to bury Lesnar under a pile of rubble to prevent him from getting up before the 10 count.
As per Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE’s goal was to make Brock Lesnar look strong in defeat to maintain his aura. This was Lesnar’s third straight loss to Roman Reigns and would have severely tarnished his credibility if he did not dominate the match.
The goal of the match was for Reigns to win but to protect Lesnar and maintain his aura. But in doing those finishes where you don’t want anybody to really lose, there is no satisfaction in getting the win. Here, the idea of the forklift and the visual was done to camouflage that,” said Meltzer