The main event of SummerSlam 2021 saw John Cena challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. This was a match that was several weeks in the making, starting with Cena’s return at Money in the Bank. From there, “The Tribal Chief” repeatedly traded verbal barbs with the leader of “The Cenation.” These encounters eventually led to SummerSlam, where Cena challenged Reigns in the main event. Despite his best efforts, Cena was unable to win his 17th world title. What happened after the match, however, was what had the professional wrestling world talking. Brock Lesnar, who has been absent from WWE since WrestleMania 36 Night 2, made his return to close out SummerSlam.
— WWE (@WWE) August 22, 2021
Brock Lesnar Returns at SummerSlam
Sporting longer hair and a beard, Brock Lesnar returned at SummerSlam, a stunned Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman standing in the ring. Lesnar stepped in the ring to confront Reigns, leading to a temporary standoff between the two WWE Superstars. Heyman was ultimately able to get through to Reigns, ushering him out of the ring. The two made their way to the back, leaving Lesnar in the ring, posing to the delight of the crowd in Allegiant Stadium.
As mentioned earlier, Brock Lesnar last appeared for WWE at WrestleMania 36. On Night Two of the weekend event, Lesnar defended the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre. This main event saw “The Scottish Warrior” defeat Lesnar for his first WWE Championship. From there, “The Beast Incarnate” remained absent from the company. Rumors soon circulated regarding Lesnar’s contractual status with WWE, with publications including PWInsider and MMAJunkie corroborating the story, citing his free-agent status.
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