Brock Lesnar became WWE Universal Champion once again at Friday’s “Crown Jewel” pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia, and all it took was delivering five F-5s to Braun Strowman.
One of them dropped the “Monster Among Men” over the ropes and all the way to the floor. Watch the mega-F-5 below.
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The one-on-one match was originally set as a triple threat contest between Strowman, Lesnar and then WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Unfortunately, Reigns had to surrender the title due to a leukemia diagnosis. The wrestler’s disease had been in remission since late 2008.
The former Universal Champion relinquished his title 11 days ago on “Monday Night Raw,” coming to the ring in street clothes rather than the ring attire he is usually seen wearing on the show. Reigns then gave a speech in which he broke character and revealed why he did not appear at WWE live shows this past weekend.
“For months now, maybe even a full year, I’ve come out here and spoke as Roman Reigns and I said a lot of things. I said that I’d be here every single week. I said I’d be a fighting champion, I said that I’d be consistent and I said that I’d be a workhorse but…that’s all lies,” Reigns said.
“That’s a lie because the reality is…my real name is Joe…and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years. And unfortunately, it’s back.”
Reigns went on to discuss how he was first diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 22, when he had no money and after he had ended his brief pro football career.
“But you want to know who gave me a chance? The team that gave me a chance was WWE,” he said. “And when I finally made it to the main roster and I was on the road they put me in front of all of you…and to be honest, you have all made my dreams come true.”
“By no means is this a retirement speech,” he promised. “I will beat this, I will be back, and you will see me very, very soon.”
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