Roman reigns over his rivalry with Brock Lesnar, why “Cowboy Brock” was so important

Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar have battled in the WWE for years, although many will argue that 2022 turned out to be the best year for their feud. After their New Year’s Day match was scrapped due to COVID-19, the two clashed Wrestle Mania 38 to unify the WWE and Universal Championships, then turned and had a Last Man Standing rematch SummerSlam. While many initially rolled their eyes upon seeing Reigns vs. Lesnar again in Nashville, the match was incredibly well received thanks to Lesnar’s more jovial “Cowboy Brock” persona and his use of a tractor late in the match to stamp out the ring.

Reigns recently went with The Ringers to discuss his success as “The Tribal Chief” when the topic of Lesnar came up. He explained that Lesnar’s change of presentation was vital for the past two matches.

“To me, if he doesn’t level up and show the Cowboy Brock character, then nobody cares about Brock besides the Chieftain,” Reigns said. “I was able to take my level to the next level, which he knew, OK, ‘this guy creates different levels and layers on here, let me step up my game.’ And he did.

“That was just a perfect recipe from two artists who want to be the best, and both have pretty legitimate claims to that territory,” he added. “And when you get two guys fighting, it’s not backstabbing. We look into each other’s eyes and we say to each other, ‘I’m better than you and if you don’t show me then it’s the end of the road for you.’ People probably said, “Oh God, not Brock-Roman again.” And then we go out and deliver a classic. We got better on that last one. And I think that’s the key to the kingdom. How do we keep getting better? How do we upgrade? How do we push ourselves to the next level? How can we continue to move these goalposts?”

WWE Survivor Series WarGames 2022 Map

  • Men’s WarGames Match: Roman Reigns, The Usos, Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn vs. Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens and The Brawling Brutes
  • Women’s WarGames Match: Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Michin & TBD vs. Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Nikki Cross & Rhea Ripley
  • United States Championship: Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey vs Shotzi
  • AJ Styles vs Finn Balor

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