Last night, WWE was able to host its first live show in over a year and a half. Fans attending the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas made the atmosphere special in what was the last episode of SmackDown before Money in the Bank.
The Stamford federation hopes to continue on this path again on Sunday, when one of the most anticipated pay-per-views on the calendar will be staged. Despite having continued the shows thanks to the ThunderDome gimmick, Vince McMahon's company also suffered the severe effects of the global pandemic, having been forced to release about 30 superstars in 2021 alone.
In a recent interview with CBS Sports, current Universal Champion Roman Reigns expressed his feelings after receiving fan affection for the first time in a long time. Roman Reigns said: "I'd say we were all pretty excited.
Each of us had to answer a series of questions internally before going on stage. As for the possibility of returning to perform in front of a live audience and creating a unique atmosphere, it is something that everyone in the locker room was eagerly awaiting.
We were happy during the ThunderDome era, because it gave us the opportunity to continue providing our entertainment for fans around the world. It is as if we went through the fight against the pandemic and everything else together, it was a fantastic experience.
Now is the time to turn the page and return to feel the energy of the crowd up close." Last night at SmackDown, Edge and Roman Reigns had a chance to confront one more time before Sunday's showdown. The WWE Hall of Famer joined Rey and Dominik Mysterio against Reigns and the Usos.
Although he won the Royal Rumble earlier this year, this is the Canadian’s first real chance of winning the title. All that remains is to wait a few hours to know the verdict of the ring.
Why did Roman Reigns nominate Brock Lesnar to Smackdown?
In recent weeks, but also in recent months, one of the thoughts that has most gripped the minds of WWE Universe fans has been the possible clash in the ring between Brock Lesnar, former assistant of Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns, current wrestler to whom the Mad Genius acts as personal advisor on Friday Night Smackdown.
Obviously, if it is not the first thought that comes to mind to a fan of the company, that of the clash between Reigns and Lesnar is still one of the themes that sooner or later always comes up in some discussion or argument regarding the Smackdown main event.
Since his post-Wrestlemania 36 exit, nothing has been heard of Lesnar and obviously the WWE, not being able to use Heyman otherwise, diverted him to Reigns, with the change of attitude of the wrestler which turned out to be probably the most important move.
winner of his entire career. As you will surely have heard in the last episode of Friday Night Smackdown, the Universal champion Roman Reigns entertained his virtual audience (for the last time), also talking about Brock Lesnar.
To many fans of the WWE Universe, it seemed strange, but apparently, going back in time and in the episodes of the blue show, we discover several curiosities of the genre regarding these quotes. As we also reported a few days ago, Paul Heyman changed his Facebook profile picture, to put one in which he admires the work of Lesnar, while he was beating up Reigns, when he was still one of the most important babyfaces in the WWE.
Apparently, an answer to this question would come from the well-known Ringside News site, which after having questioned various sources inside the WWE, would have discovered that this modus operandi would have been chosen by the directly concerned and by the Chairman himself, Vince.
McMahon, to build future segments and feuds. Should WWE actually opt for a Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar, WWE would already have several material in its past that it can use for such projects. This explains why even going forward in time, we will always find references to past characters in the history of Reigns and Heyman, such as Lesnar, Daniel Bryan and many others.