It seems that Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar’s WrestleMania 38 clash will unify both of WWE’s top championships.
Whilst advertising tonight’s (25 February) broadcast of Friday Night SmackDown, WWE’s website alluded to Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar‘s title vs. title showdown at WrestleMania 38 as being a title unification match. Presumably, this would see the winner walking away from Arlington, Texas not only with both championships, but as WWE’s sole World Champion.
It’s important to note that as of this writing, WWE hasn’t formally that this will be the case, but their SmackDown preview headline certainly indicates it as such. The preview itself, which hypes up Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar’s contract signing for tonight’s broadcast, simply bills it as a winner takes all match, as had been previously advertised:
After Brock Lesnar emerged victorious inside the Elimination Chamber with a dominant display to claim the WWE Title, the 2022 Royal Rumble winner will now turn his attention to The Grandest Stage of them All and the history-making Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
With Reigns and Lesnar set to go to war in a Title vs. Title Winner Take All Match at WrestleMania, what will happen when The Beast and The Head of the Table come face-to-face for a contract signing? Find out this Friday at 8/7 C on SmackDown.
To reiterate, this hasn’t been officially confirmed. It could have been an error on the part of WWE’s website staff, so this story will remain a report for the time being.
WWE last unified two championships in January, when Carmelo Hayes defeated The Diamond Mine’s Roderick Strong to unify the NXT Cruiserweight and North American Championships, retiring the former in the process.
They haven’t, however, unified two World Championships since the 2013 Tables, Ladders, and Chairs pay-per-view. There, Randy Orton – then the WWE Champion – defeated John Cena – the World Heavyweight Champion – to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. This, for a while, saw both championship belts represent a single championship.
Brock Lesnar earned the right to headline WrestleMania 38 by winning the men’s Royal Rumble match at the end of January, opting to challenge for Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship on the following night’s Monday Night Raw. Since then, “The Beast Incarnate” has regained the WWE Championship from Bobby Lashley, doing so in last weekend’s Elimination Chamber match.
It was announced earlier this evening that Reigns and Lesnar will headline WrestleMania 38’s second night on Sunday, 3 April. Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey‘s SmackDown Women’s Championship clash will main event the first night.